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California Dreaming (1979)

A nerd from Chicago tries desperately to fit in with the California surfing crowd, blind to the fact that their lives are even more boring and empty than his.

Director:

John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)

Writer:

Ned Wynn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynnis O'Connor ... Corky
Seymour Cassel ... Duke Slusarski
Dorothy Tristan ... Fay
Dennis Christopher ... T.T.
John Calvin ... Rick
Todd Susman ... Jordy Banks
Tanya Roberts ... Stephanie
Alice Playten ... Corrine
Ned Wynn Ned Wynn ... Earl Fescue
James Van Patten ... Mike (as Jimmy Van Patten)
Stacey Nelkin ... Marsha
Johnny Fain Johnny Fain ... Tenner (as John Fain)
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Dan
Tom Rosqui ... George Booke
Marshall Efron ... Ruben
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A state somewhere between fantasy and reality.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Robert Carradine was originally slated to star in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, items on the windowsill replace themselves after T.T. knocks them off/over with the volleyball. See more »

Connections

Referenced in California Dreaming Commentary (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Pass You By
Performed by Flo and Eddie (as Flo & Eddie)
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Robb Royer
Produced and Arranged by Vincent Albano
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Enjoyable
10 April 2006 | by david-1301See all my reviews

This is one of those movies I hope to see again. I often surf the internet hoping to find this movie released on DVD. A great soundtrack, a good cast and an interesting angle on growing up... surf style. Includes the best recording of "California Dreamin" extent, and the instrumental "Brothers Theme" is haunting! The sub plot of re-living the glory days by an over the hill surfer in contrast with the adolescence of the kids around him provides sort of a retrospective view of life. It is a deeper movie than it seems to be on the surface, which makes the comedy funnier, and the sad moments even more so, kind of like a good episode of MASH. A cleaned up 5.1 enhanced DVD release of this movie would be most welcome by me!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

State Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Avila Beach, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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