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The Ron Howard Action Pack (Eat My Dust! / Grand Theft Auto) [Roger Corman's Cult Classics]
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Way back in 1976, actor-director Ron Howard made a bargain withshlockmeister 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
Grand Theft Auto
Ron Howard directs and stars in this Roger Corman-produced feature-length car chase, and Grand Theft Auto was made to appeal to the 12-year-old in all of us who likes to see stuff blow up. Poor boy Sam Freeman (Howard) and rich girl Paula Powers (Nancy Morgan) are in love, but Daddy disapproves. They steal the Powers family Rolls Royce for a Vegas elopement, Paula's ex-fiancé puts a bounty on her head, and from then on you can just forget about the plot and watch a zillion cars crash into each other, not to mention a couple of helicopters and an ice-cream truck. In many ways this is a quintessential PG-rated '70s movie: plenty of wholesome fun involving the destruction of public and private property, and every now and then someone says the S word to liven things up. And yes, it is surprisingly satisfying to see a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud get smashed all to hell. The 25th-anniversary special-edition DVD includes interviews with Roger Corman and Ron Howard, audio commentary from Corman and Howard, and a reproduction of the original press pack. --Ali Davis
Top Customer Reviews
This is truly my favorite double feature that perfectly compliments one another.
This is a two disc set with each movie on a disc with its own special features.
I am so happy to get these drive-in classics in anamorphic widescreen instead of full frame.
Thanks again to Shout! for putting this double feature together as they did.
Enjoy and hang on...it's a fun ride!!
This film is so great in so many ways not just in terms of it being funny but in great car chases and cinematography and the realism in terms of a great small budget film.
Ron Howard has had an amazing life in this industry and it all started here well happy days did help to. what stood out for me was the music during the chase scenes just a simple quartet of banjos violins and mandolin's it's a shame the was no soundtrack but then small budget is small budget and the main man roger corman is the man to make memorable movie's an shoestring budgets.
One of the best things is with all the great car crashes and hill rolls no one gets hurt or killed after all this is straight up fun this movie is definitely for the true 70's car chase crashes it also goes back to the time when wild drivers had a steering wheel in one hand and a can of beer in the other just roaring down the country side.
will watch grand theft auto later but any movie with Ron Howard or roger corman is a win win.
Both movies are light, fun, and well made. I won't pretend that either one has incredible depth, but that isn't what you're buying a ticket for. Eat My Dust has a lot of fun stunts even though you can tell it was made on a shoestring budget. Grand Theft Auto has a lot of laughs, with some great performances by the uptight fiancee and the increasingly nutty radio DJ.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a Christmas present for myself so I won't know how the DVD works but I remember watching both movies at the show.Published 8 months ago by Ron Pitzen
I saw this at a drive-inn when I was a kid. I'm glad I found it. It's fun to watch.Published 9 months ago by Daniel Thornton
A couple of Ron's early films. Great action and a lot of cool, old cars.Published 10 months ago by katherine sparacino
He these with the understating that he would get to go to film school. Entertaining car movies, good to see to say you have seen them.Published 12 months ago by ellison
I am really into cars and am collecting all the old nostalgic car movies. These need to be part of the collection.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer