I’ve been on a Roger Corman binge, and I decided to watch a double feature: Eat My Dust!, and Grand Theft Auto (No, it has nothing to do with the games. This movie was out long before anyone knew what a Playstation was).
I watched these two back-to-back, because they both have a few similarities. They’re both produced by Roger Corman, they have a ton of cars getting wrecked real good, and most importantly, these two films both starred Ron Howard and launched his directing career. Grand Theft Auto is more noteworthy, because that’s the one where Howard made his directing debut. Neither of these two are worth comparing to Apollo 13 or A Beautiful Mind, but there’s no denying that they’re both fun to watch.
I would say, between the two, Eat My Dust! has the better ending, but I like Grand Theft Auto more as a whole. With the latter, it’s impressive to see what little Ronny Howard was able to accomplish on such a tiny budget, and some of the car crashes gave me a “how did they do that?” kind of vibe. Not to mention, this is the movie’s theme song:
I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.