California Dreaming (1979)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  April 1979 (USA)
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Young T.T. comes from Chicago to spend the summer in California. He slowly becomes "California-ized," while learning about love and life in the Golden State.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duke Slusarski
John Calvin ...
Jordy Banks
Alice Playten ...
Ned Wynn ...
Earl Fescue
Mike (as Jimmy Van Patten)
Johnny Fain ...
Tenner (as John Fain)
Tom McFadden ...
Tom Rosqui ...
George Booke


Young T.T. comes from Chicago to spend the summer in California. He slowly becomes "California-ized," while learning about love and life in the Golden State. Written by Alan Cantu <>

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A state somewhere between fantasy and reality.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Aventures en Californie  »

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Did You Know?


Old video copies of this film omit the title song (as performed by America), which was heard in its entirety during the closing credits (the Burton Cummings tune is heard instead). All the other tracks remained intact. America's version of The Mamas and the Papas classic is available on their greatest hits CD, as it was issued as a single one month before the film's release, failing to make the top 40 (it peaked at 56). See more »


Near the end of the film, items on the windowsill replace themselves after T.T. knocks them off/over with the volleyball. See more »


Among the Yesterdays
Performed by Burton Cummings
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Robb Royer
Produced and Arranged by Vincent Albano
Burton Cummings performed through the courtesy of Portrait Records
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Capture the old Avila Beach
31 March 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I've been looking for the title of this movie since San Luis Obispo County made Unocal clean up funky little Avila Beach. It seems a pipeline under the street from their oil terminal was leaking oil under the stand. This led to Unocal buying up most of the downtown and then selling or trading properties.

Back to how I found it. It played last year on one of the premium channels, but I couldn't recall the title. Then last week I saw Seymour Cassel co-starring in TV's new "HEIST" show on one of the networks. I recognized his face, but not his silver hair. It was blonde in California Dreaming, so I checked his bio and found the film.

I agree, I thought it was an early seventies film, not 1979. But then the old central coast town of Avila was timeless. Small beach, volleyball court sloped to the ocean, unpainted building on the corner where he lived was an abandoned property owned by an eccentric who held on to everything he owned.

All of the old Avila Beach is torn down now. Even the only historic building in town--the Custom House. The name now exists as a new restaurant down the street at the foot of the pier.

For those who want to see what a small California beach town once looked like, rent or buy "California Dreaming". It's all that's left of the once funky town of Avila, where no one has ever drowned playing in the local surf. Reason? There is very little undertow. The waves crash and take you back to the beach. Board surfing is non-existent.

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