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Van Nuys Blvd. (1979)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Adler ... Bobby
Cynthia Wood ... Moon
Dennis Bowen ... Greg
Melissa Prophet ... Camille
... Leon Barnes 'Chooch'
... Wanda
... Officer Albert Zass
Di Ann Monaco ... Motorcycle Girl
Don Sawyer ... Jason
Jim Kester ... Frankie
Minnie Summers Lindsey ... Nurse Bradley (as Minnie E. Lindsey)
... Jo
Doug Bailey ... Gas Station Attendant
... Biker (as Stephen Morrell)
Bella Bruck ... Mrs. Zass
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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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Comedy | Drama

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16 February 1980 (Portugal)  »

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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 »

Goofs

As Chooch goes cruising, there are several breaks in continuity between the point-of-view shots and the shots showing his surroundings. See more »

Quotes

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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on the button for the eighties
9 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I appreciate that having been born in 1946, I don't really have the right to review this film. My period is 1968/69, some ten years before this and boy does it show! Here, the car has already become God once more, the dancing looks more like aerobics and the music! Well, I got through prog rock and even punk but this disco sound was beyond me. Amazing though just how early the 'eighties' began because this really looks absolutely on the button for the eighties and yet was presumably made no later than 1978 if it came out in '79. As others have mentioned no plot to speak of, lots of very cute naked bodies, but, for me, too much motoring, too much fairground riding and too much of that music. For anyone ten years younger, however, probably absolutely essential viewing.


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