An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Collie Ransom
Choo-Choo Burns
Bill Cartwright
Thumper Stevens
Mrs. Cartwright
Lieutenant Harvey Atkins (as Percy Rodriguez)
Brady Caswell
Texas Gambler
Barry Green
Lloyd Gough ...
Stacy King ...
Big Jane
Tennis Girl


An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with starlet (Jacqueline Bisset) who washes up on beach. Starlet is beaten up by her possessive producer/lover/sugar daddy after she has revenge sex with motorcycle gang leader. Motorcycle gang leader is in turn beaten up by Franciosa and Sarrazin. Main characters all grow up a bit. Music by Dusty Springfield and Moby Grape. Written by Al Baby

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The Cycles... The Surf... And The Swingers That Make It All Go! See more »




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Release Date:

14 June 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Praia dos Desejos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Surfers Mickey Dora and David Nuuhiwa doubled for Anthony Franciosa and Michael Sarrazin. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »


Sweet Ride
Sung by Dusty Springfield
Words and Music by Lee Hazlewood
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My brief review of the film
9 January 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A heartfelt drama about all the different troubles one is faced with in life, the film is done in a superbly realistic manner. The characters are well developed and the relationships between them are well defined, but it is perhaps the acting of the characters that is the best part of the film, especially from Michael Sarazzin. However, the storyline itself is not all so great, as it is too familiar and too ponderous. The film also feels rather musty and B-grade, like a standard midday movie on television. But for the characters and the acting, the film is worth the watch. Great characters and acting… just not such a great plot.

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