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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 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

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A state somewhere between fantasy and reality.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the buildings in the little beach town of Avila Beach, as seen in the movie, no longer exist. In the late 1990s, 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 »

Soundtracks

Come on and Get Ready
Performed by Henry Small
Music & Lyrics by Vincent Albano
Produced and Arranged by Vincent Albano
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Altering soundtracks is a heinous crime against movie lovers!
21 October 2003 | by awblack11See all my reviews

I thought I was dreaming, "California Dreaming" that is, when I stumbled across this movie on cable early this morning. But the dream soon turned into a recurring nightmare. The movie itself was as good as I remembered it, but what happened to the outstanding version of The Mamas & The Papas song California Dreamin' performed by the 1970s band America.

I have considerable history with this movie. I saw it for the first time on cable in the early '80s. I thought it was a very enjoyable movie but it was the version of the song California Dreamin' that hooked me. I recollect putting a lot of time into trying to find the soundtrack. Alas, my efforts were futile.

A decade or so later I saw part of the movie again on cable. I was stoked about getting to hear this song again. I cranked up the volume and prepared to groove, but the song never appeared. I could not remember at what point in the movie this song played. I missed the first few minutes of the movie so I figured it must have been in the opening credits. This rekindled my desire to find the soundtrack. I searched for weeks, again to no avail.

Fast forward to this morning. I watched the movie end to end. But where was this damn song that has eluded me for decades? I began to wonder if I had imagined this song or maybe it was in a different movie.

The IMDb came to my rescue. After reading the user comments about this movie I thankfully realized I was not crazy. The soundtrack was apparently altered. I searched the Internet for the soundtrack but after all these years I still can't find it. I did, however, find the song. It is on the CD, America - The Complete Greatest Hits available on Amazon.com.

Closure at long last. Thank you IMDb and Amazon.com!!!


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