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California Dreaming (1979)

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.


(as John Hancock)



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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 <uncleal@softcom.net>

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A state somewhere between fantasy and reality.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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April 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventures en Californie  »

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Did You Know?


As Earl is driving through town, one of the ads on the side of his car is for the "Old Custom House", an actual restaurant in Avila Beach. 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 »


Come on and Get Ready
Performed by Henry Small
Music & Lyrics by Vincent Albano
Produced and Arranged by Vincent Albano
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Enjoyable classic
22 November 2005 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Back in the days when HBO was young, I remember seeing the previews of this movie and wanting to watch it. Living in Hawaii most of my life, it was nothing new for me in terms of the "beach scene." While watching it I felt compelled with the story and characters. TT was such an obvious dork, but I pulled for him as he began to blend in with the locals. Glynnis O'Connor was an attraction with that 70s style bikini and the surfers led by Mike were comical and immature. My friends and I frequently used quotes from the film to goof on each other, and today it definitely reminds me of the times back then. Similar to the 80s movie "North Shore" in the theme of an outsider who tries to make it with the locals in a beach environment. I am still looking for either a clean VHS copy or a release to DVD. Last time I saw this was on cable a few years ago, and I should have recorded it. A must see if you want to re-live the times, it's a shame that some of today's youngsters probably won't get it. I give it a generous 8 rating because of what this movie brings to me, a humorous flashback of that era.

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