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Eat My Dust (1976)

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Darlene's into going fast, Hoover's into Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the reckless fun accelerates into a trunk-full of hot pursuits.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Howard ... Hoover Niebold
Christopher Norris ... Darlene Kurtz
Brad David ... Billy B. Westerby
Kathy O'Dare Kathy O'Dare ... Miranda Smith
Clint Howard ... George Poole Jr.
Peter Isacksen Peter Isacksen ... Junior Hale (as Pete Isacksen)
Jessica Potter Jessica Potter ... Lallie Chandler
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Sheriff Niebold (as Warren Kemmerling)
Charles Howerton ... Dep. Jay Beah
Kedric Wolfe Kedric Wolfe ... Dep. Brookside
John Kramer John Kramer ... Dep. Sebastiani
W.L. Luckey W.L. Luckey ... Dep. Gallo
Rance Howard ... Clark
Dave Madden ... Big Bubba Jones
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Bud


Darlene's into going fast, Hoover's into Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the reckless fun accelerates into a trunk-full of hot pursuits.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The craziest driver in town steals the fastest car in the state, and tears up Puckerbush County! See more »


Action | Comedy | Romance


PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Charles B. Griffith came up with the title of the film when the crew were shooting the car chase at the sand dunes. The crew got covered with sand and dirt so much that Griffith turned to Roger Corman and said "We ought to call this picture "Eat My Dust'". At the time, the film's working title was "The Car", but it was changed to Eat my Dust to avoid confusion with another movie that was being filmed at the same time. See more »


The police car that chases Hoover through the farm is a 1972 Plymouth Satellite, but it changes to a 1970 model before crashing into a mud bath. See more »


Sheriff Niebold: [notices one of the race cars stalled by the barn] What the HELL is that?
Dep. Gallo: It's a car, Harry.
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Crazy Credits

The cast credits at the end are divided into categories, "the kids", "the cops", "the parents" etc. See more »


Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

User Reviews

Fun Chase Picture From Corman and Company
4 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Eat My Dust (1976)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Hoover (Ron Howard) loves hot rods and when he finds out that the girl of his dreams (Christopher Norris) likes them as well, he steals a professional racing car and the two head off with just about every cop in town chasing them. EAT MY DUST, as the title would suggest, is a chase picture from the drive-in days and as long as you don't take it too serious you should find yourself having a pretty good time. I think a lot of credit has to go to director Charles B. Griffith who keeps the action moving from start to finish and there's really not any dry spots. We get all sorts of wild chases and the director manages to make several of them quite memorable. This includes one scene where a cop car crashes and takes out the front of a store but the memorable thing is that the entire front falls down and we can see what the people inside are doing. Another good sequence deals with a bunch of shopping carts getting hit and this leads to all sorts of trouble for people in the same area as them. Even better are the car's point-of-view shots. These here certainly aren't ground-breaking but they're so interesting and they put you right in the middle of the action. Another major plus is that Howard and Norris are just so charming together that they keep you into the story even when there aren't any crashes going on. The supporting cast is charming as well and that includes Clint Howard playing yet another weirdo. EAT MY DUST isn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination but fans of chase pictures should be entertained.

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Release Date:

21 October 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Car See more »

Filming Locations:

Castaic, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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