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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.


(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 <>

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A state somewhere between fantasy and reality.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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April 1979 (USA)  »

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Aventures en Californie  »

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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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4 October 2004 | by (Persius Omicron 8) – See all my reviews

This movie starts out like some light hearted goof. I thought it was going to be like caddyshack or meatballs or something. Then about half way through, I'm getting into it. It feels like a bunch of people I know, and its almost like hanging out with them.

As the movie winds down toward the end of summer, you can feel it like a kid who just wants 20 more minutes before he has to go to bed. The drama starts to creep into the comedy and you never see it coming. Finally, you get blindsided and before you know it, you're moved almost to tears.

Someone said it felt more like 75 than 79. I agree. It actually felt older than that, except for the cars.

Great movie.

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