A small-town kid hears about the wild nights of cruising the boulevard in Van Nuys, California. He drives out there to check it out, and gets involved with drag racers, topless dancers and bikers.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Adler ...
Cynthia Wood ...
Dennis Bowen ...
Leon Barnes 'Chooch'
Dana Gladstone ...
Officer Albert Zass
Di Ann Monaco ...
Motorcycle Girl
Don Sawyer ...
Jim Kester ...
Minnie Summers Lindsey ...
Nurse Bradley (as Minnie E. Lindsey)
Doug Bailey ...
Gas Station Attendant
Biker (as Stephen Morrell)
Bella Bruck ...
Mrs. Zass


A small-town kid hears about the wild nights of cruising the boulevard in Van Nuys, California. He drives out there to check it out, and gets involved with drag racers, topless dancers and bikers.

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The Greatest Cruisin' in the Land Takes Place on the Street -- Where it all Began...


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Release Date:

16 February 1980 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Febre de Viver  »

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William Sachs agreed to expeditiously write and direct the film based on a list of requirements from Crown International Pictures, including the Van Nuys cruising topic - which the studio wanted to cash in on before the craze ended - and a certain (and apparently generous!) amount of nudity. He wrote the script in only 7 days and the film was produced on an accelerated schedule; the gambit reportedly paid off, with the film being released before the cruising was halted by local law enforcement. See more »


At the end of the car-smashing scene, several people can be heard applauding, but only one character is seen clapping on-camera. The additional applause is presumably coming from the film crew. See more »


Bobby: If we don't get a doctor down here right now out I'm gonna shut your mouth permanently~!
Nurse: You cant talk to me like that!
Bobby: O I can't cant I?
[slams fist down]
Nurse: Ok,Ok!! Stay right there.
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An interesting slice of life -- California style!
22 June 2009 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I watched VAN NUYS BLVD as part of BCI Eclipse' Drive-in Cult Classics (featuring Crown International Pictures releases) on DVD.

As a teenager growing up in the 70s the only thing I remember about the movie is my friend telling me about the mooning scene during the opening of the film.

I had never seen the film until now, so it seems tame; and, in the director's words "almost innocent." That is certainly true by today's standards; but I am sure it was quite scandalous for the times.

VAN NUYS BLVD is about Wednesday night's cruise scene in Los Angeles, on the boulevard of the same name. It packs in a lot of drag racing, super cool cars, dumb cops; and, hot chicks, with a side trip to Magic Mountain, to boot!

The musical score features a pulsating disco beat; and, the opening song is fun and funky!

VAN NUYS BLVD is very much in the same vein of the more famous (and better movie), "American Graffiti" released two years earlier.

My friend and I ended up in LA in 1986; but by then the cruise scene was gone forever. Nevertheless, for those that have been there, VAN NUYS BLVD is a nice bit of nostalgia for 1970s California living.

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