|Eat My Dust!|
|Directed by||Charles B. Griffith|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||Charles B. Griffith|
|Music by||David Grisman|
|Edited by||Tina Hirsch|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|Box office||$5 million|
When the clean-cut but rebellious son (Howard) of a small-town sheriff steals the race car of a professional driver, the sheriff forms a motorized posse to recover the car.
Ron Howard had written a comedy with his father called Tis the Season and raised half the budget from Australia. He met with Roger Corman and agreed to star in the film provided the producer agreed to co-finance Tis the Season. Corman was not enthusiastic about the comedy but said if Howard appeared in Eat My Dust! he would let the actor develop a second film which Howard would direct as well as star in. This was Grand Theft Auto (1977).
Charles Griffith directed the movie, which was shot in four weeks, although Howard's scenes were done in only ten days. It was originally titled The Car, and Griffith says he only suggested Eat My Dust! as a joke, but the marketing department at New World loved it.
- Ron Howard as Hoover Niebold
- Christopher Norris as Darlene Kurtz
- Brad David as Billy B. Westerby
- Kathy O'Dare as Miranda Smith
- Clint Howard as George Poole Jr.
- Peter Isacksen as Junior Hale
- Jessica Potter as Lallie Chandler
- Warren J. Kemmerling as Sheriff Harry Niebold
- Charles Howerton as Dep. Jay Beah
- Kedric Wolfe as Dep. Brookside
- John Kramer as Dep. Sebastiani
- W.L. Luckey as Dep. Jerry Gallo
- Rance Howard as Deputy Clark
- Dave Madden as Big Bubba Jones
- Robert Broyles as Bud
- Paul Bartel as Bruno Smith
- Corbin Bernsen as Roy Puire
- Don Brodie as Old Man Lewis
- Eat My Dust! at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 98
- Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 151-2
- Aaron W. Graham, 'Little Shop of Genres: An interview with Charles B. Griffith', Senses of Cinema, 15 April 2005 retrieved 22 June 2012