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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.
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Cast

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
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The greatest car chase ever filmed. See cars, boats, buildings destroyed! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Car See more »

Filming Locations:

Castaic, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of three films picked by Gene Siskel as the worst of 1976. See more »

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One of the police cars is an AMC Matador, but it changes back and forth to a 1972 Plymouth Satellite during a chase scene. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Niebold: [when he notices Hoover and Darlene going down the ravine] Oh, Jesus Christ, I killed him.
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The cast credits at the end are divided into categories, "the kids", "the cops", "the parents" etc. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »

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Get ready to take the wheel!
4 September 2006 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Hoover is a real speed freak and he steals the fastest race-car at a racetrack to impress Darlene. Who by the way has a thing for fast cars and whoever's behind the wheel. So Hoover takes her (and some unwanted passengers) on a cross-country trip with his father, Sheriff Harry and the rest of the police force hot on their heels.

Lets burn rubber in this tooting and yahoo of an outgoing car chase romp! This Roger Corman produced drive-in feature was a big hit for him and really did launch actor Ron Howard's filming career afterwards. The accelerating story is as simple as the outline suggests with a roller coaster-like ride that transcends into a domino effect of chaotic accidents and humorous outcomes. The elastically joyous script is streamlined with extremely witty one-liners and always snappy and colourful characters. Charles B. Griffith (Death Race 2000) wrote and directed this top-gear feature with a sprightly combination of amazingly smoking action and reckless fun, which does come together to equal quite a speed rush with a nice dose of irony. It never seems to take a back-step, even when it does run out of gas. Giving the flick a real lift was a pleasantly, rousing country music score and energetically crisp camera-work with inventive framing and show-stopping images. As with most Corman flicks, an all-studded cult support cast was on hand in small parts. With the likes Clint Howard, Paul Bartel and Corbin Bernson. Ron Howard fitted perfectly as the gawky, but charismatic Hoover and Christopher Norris is great as the speed buxom Darlene. Though the best of the lot would have to be Warren J. Kemmerling as Hoover's cranky and always uptight father, Sheriff Harry Niebold.

Just sit back and take it all in, while you listen to the engines purr in this boot-kicking and spun-out trip!


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