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26 October 1978 (USA) See more »
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Charles Martin Smith ... George Smalley

Clint Howard ... Corky Macpherson
Leslie King ... Brenda Matthews (as Leslie E. King)
Kevin Lee Miller ... Barry Bates

Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Julio Sanchez

Dean Scofield ... Bart Bates (as Dino Scofield)

Mark Wheeler ... Torbin Bequette
Alvy Moore ... Mr. Smalley
Joan Crosby ... Mrs. Smalley

Rance Howard ... Mr. Bremmercamp
Ray LePere ... Coach Grimes
William H. Burkett ... Mr. Barton
Connie Hearn ... Karen (as Connie Hearn)
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Mrs. Kelly
Eugene Lee ... Senior President (as Eugene S. Lee)
David May ... Speech Clubber
Kimo Schulze ... Curt
Darlene Gratz ... Barry's Date
Marty Bongfeldt ... Bart's Date
David Ellzey ... Brenda's Date (as David Ellzy)
Jay Fountain ... Young Man
Nick Alexander ... Disc Jockey Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Addington ... Graduation guest (uncredited)

Charles Assiff ... Boy at Concert (uncredited)

Katherine Bongfeldt ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Paul Heckmann ... Extra (uncredited)

Christopher North ... Extra (uncredited)
C.W. Wallace ... Excited Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Howard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clint Howard 
Ron Howard 

Produced by
Rance Howard .... associate producer
John Thomas Lenox .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
Cinematography by
Robert C. Jessup  (as Robert Jessup)
Film Editing by
Robert James Kern  (as Robert J. Kern Jr.)
Casting by
Barbara Hanley 
Cathy Henderson 
Art Direction by
Cyndy Severson 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Driskell .... gaffer
Philip Sloan .... dolly grip
Editorial Department
Daniel P. Hanley .... assistant editor
Music Department
Joe Renzetti .... composer: songs
Charles Martin Smith .... composer: songs

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Also Known As:
"Ron Howard's Cotton Candy" - USA (complete title)
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97 min
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There was a pool scene shot in Dallas, Texas. The child was rising local star, Brad Kinple.See more »
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References American Hot Wax (1978)See more »


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Rapid Fire Band info, 10 August 2009
Author: graphicstogo from United States

The guys that played the bad guy band Rapid Fire in the movie were 4 guys from MacArthur High School (Irving, TX...Morgan, John, Mark, and Tad) and the drummer was from Dallas (Oak Cliff - David J...) Marty Bongfelt was from Mac as well (always had a crush on her - there, the cat's out). While it really was/is a cheesy flick, we got out of 2 weeks of school, received A's, and were local heroes for awhile. And it's still great at a party when someone is spewing garbage, to throw out "I was in one of Ron Howard's" movies. After the wrap, Ron took us out to Campisi's for dinner (if you're from Dallas you know of where I speak)... I have LOTS of funny stories from the shoot but would have to incriminate myself as well : )

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