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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.

Director:

William Sachs

Writer:

William Sachs
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Cast

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

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Greatest Cruisin' in the Land Takes Place on the Street -- Where it all Began...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Febre de Viver See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Footage from the opening montage repeats before the end credits. Director William Sachs claims that the tight budget and shooting schedule precluded filming enough usable establishing footage to avoid repetition. 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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Fun, and Cynthia...
16 April 2004 | by zzyzzerSee all my reviews

I came across this movie when it was playing on BRAVO, and since they don't show commercials I had no time to get distracted by something else. It's not a particularly good movie, but fun, and something about it kept me watching until 3 in the morning. Probably because I missed the beginning, so I never figured out which guy was the hick, as mentioned on the satelleite summary. That and Cynthia Wood. Wow she looks sweet in this movie. Writer/Director Sachs somehow manages to attach a subplot to no plot. It's an interesting 'slice of life' film that rates high on kitch, low on substance.


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