Put the pedal to the metal and burn rubber with the clutch-popping excitement of this digitally mastered supercharged version of Eat My Dust! Starring Ron Howard . Young Hoover s dying to impress Darlene. She's into going fast, he's into Darlene, but when they both get into a red-hot race car, the reckless fun accelerates into a trunkful of hot pursuits. They're off on the open road for a tire-squealing, fender-bending adventure to who knows where - and all Smokey can do is eat their dust! Format: Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC. Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0). Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.). Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1. Number of discs: 1. Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested). Studio: New Concorde. DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999. Run Time: 89 minutes.
Way back in 1976, actor-director Ron Howard made a bargain with shlockmeister producer-director Roger Corman. It went something like this: Corman agreed to produce Howard's feature directorial debut, the 1977 Grand Theft Auto
, and Howard agreed to star in another of Corman's pieces of drive-in fodder, the quirky Eat My Dust!
Written and directed by Charles B. Griffith (a favorite screenwriter of Corman's who penned the original Little Shop of Horrors
, among many others), Eat My Dust!
is as wacked-out as anything to come out of the American International Pictures factory, and it is still surprisingly fresh and funny. Howard plays Hoover Niebold, son of a small-town, no-nonsense sheriff (Warren J. Kemmerling) and a prime candidate for dreary obscurity with his nowhere job and dull love life. Hoover takes a risk and asks out a popular girl (Christopher Norris), but after she demands that he steal the car of a professional racer (Dave Madden), the young hero abandons his innocence for a wild ride. Griffith hammers on the chase action sequences, bolting a camera to the car's hood to instill maximum vertigo in viewers, and constantly finding new and witty ways to jazz up scenes of speeding autos terrorizing the roads. But the real hook is the film's distinctive mix of youthful energy and comic irony, the latter exploding in Griffith's gallery of rural half-wits and neurotic, middle-class stereotypes. A whole cloth Z vision of teen rebellion writ large, Eat My Dust!
is a corker. --Tom Keogh