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California Dreaming (1979)

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.

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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 Tom Rosqui ... George Booke
Marshall Efron ... Ruben
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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. Written by Alan Cantu <uncleal@softcom.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A state somewhere between fantasy and reality.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema 77,Taft Organization See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The little beach town of Avila Beach, as seen in the movie, no longer exists. Due to leakage from the Union 76 petroleum tanks outside of town, (seen at the beginning of the movie), the ground under the entire beachfront area was contaminated. To clean it up, they had to tear down and rebuild the entire beachfront strip. 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

Spoofed in California Reaming (1986) See more »

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Capture the old Avila Beach
31 March 2006 | by ratline-1See all my reviews

I've been looking for the title of this movie since San Luis Obispo County made Unocal clean up funky little Avila Beach. It seems a pipeline under the street from their oil terminal was leaking oil under the stand. This led to Unocal buying up most of the downtown and then selling or trading properties.

Back to how I found it. It played last year on one of the premium channels, but I couldn't recall the title. Then last week I saw Seymour Cassel co-starring in TV's new "HEIST" show on one of the networks. I recognized his face, but not his silver hair. It was blonde in California Dreaming, so I checked his bio and found the film.

I agree, I thought it was an early seventies film, not 1979. But then the old central coast town of Avila was timeless. Small beach, volleyball court sloped to the ocean, unpainted building on the corner where he lived was an abandoned property owned by an eccentric who held on to everything he owned.

All of the old Avila Beach is torn down now. Even the only historic building in town--the Custom House. The name now exists as a new restaurant down the street at the foot of the pier.

For those who want to see what a small California beach town once looked like, rent or buy "California Dreaming". It's all that's left of the once funky town of Avila, where no one has ever drowned playing in the local surf. Reason? There is very little undertow. The waves crash and take you back to the beach. Board surfing is non-existent.


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