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Celia Susan Cotelo (written by) and
Robert J. Rosenthal (written by)
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Release Date:
26 December 1978 (Sweden) See more »
Everything Can Happen On ... "Malibu Beach" See more »
A lifeguard becomes the center of the universe for two beachgoers who compete for her attention. | Add synopsis »
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Kim Lankford ... Dina

James Daughton ... Bobby
Susan Player ... Sally (as Susan Player Jarreau)
Michael Luther ... Paul
Steve Oliver ... Dugan (as Stephen Oliver)
Flora Plumb ... Ms. Plickett
Roger Lawrence Pierce ... Claude
Sherry Lee Marks ... Margie
Tara Strohmeier ... Glorianna
Rory Stevens ... Charlie
Parris Buckner ... Rodney (as Parris Clifton Buckner)
Bruce Kimball ... Lyle
Bill Adler ... Vanner
Jim Kester ... Vanner

Diana Herbert ... Marie
Walter Maslow ... Harold
Marty James ... Bratty Kid (as Marty Rogalny)
Tom Mahoney ... Watchman
James Oliver ... Bartender
David Clover ... Jack
Nathan Roth ... Uncle Arthur
Jacqueline Jacobs ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rebecca Ferratti ... (uncredited)
Bruce Fritzberg ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Alexis Schreiner ... (uncredited)
Kurt Schweickhardt ... Beachboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert J. Rosenthal 
Writing credits
Celia Susan Cotelo (written by) and
Robert J. Rosenthal (written by)

Produced by
Richard Franchot .... associate producer
Newton P. Jacobs .... executive producer
Marilyn Jacobs Tenser .... producer (as Marilyn J. Tenser)
Original Music by
Michael Lloyd (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jamie Anderson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Barrere  (as Robert Barrère)
Art Direction by
Fred Chriss 
Costume Design by
Diana Daniels  (as Di Ana Daniels)
Makeup Department
Chris Brice .... makeup artist (as Christine Brice)
Production Management
John Pisciotta .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Fritzberg .... second assistant director (as Bruce E. Fritzberg)
Gerald T. Olson .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Joe Fineman .... sound effects editor
Peter Hitchcock .... dialogue editor
Don Sanders .... sound mixer (as Don A. Sanders)
Ed White .... boom operator (as Edward J. White)
Von Deming .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lance Billitzer .... electrician (as Lance Bilitzer)
Dana Christiaansen .... first assistant camera (as Dana Christiansen)
Michael Katz .... gaffer (as Michael Wm. Katz)
Bruce R. Kemp Jr. .... grip
Andrew G. La Marca .... second assistant camera
Josh Miller .... best boy (as Joshua Miller)
Gary Wattman .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cindy Morales .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Richard Mazzola .... assistant editor
Marc Wielage .... digital colorist
Music Department
Michael Lloyd .... musical supervisor
Polly Progress .... music editor
Other crew
Don Daniels .... automotive advisor
Mark Kitchell .... production assistant
Frank J. Kovacs .... production assistant
Jackie Martin .... animal trainer
Roger Medvin .... assistant to producer
Manette Rosen .... production coordinator (as Manette Beth Rosen)
Anne Warner .... script supervisor (as Anne L. Warner)
Joanne Weiss .... technical advisor

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:11 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Actors James Houghton, who plays Bobby and Kim Lankford,who plays Dina would go onto star in the hit prime time soap Knots Landing as Ginger and Kenny a year after making Malibu Beach together.See more »
Paul:To Dina: Alright... you like me as a friend right?
Dugan Hicks:To Paul: You're outta your league, aren't you... punk?
Paul:Listen turd, this is a private party.
Dugan Hicks:Who're you calling turd?
Dina:Hey he isn't bothering me. Dugan... leave him alone.
Dugan Hicks:No, you stay out of this. Nobody, but nobody calls Dugie a turd!
Paul:Anything you say, pig-face!
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Movie Connections:
Edited into The Beach Girls (1982)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable time capsule of bygone era, 1 April 2011
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is one of the few 70's drive-in movies I actually remember seeing in a 70's drive-in--well, sort of. My older female cousin had actually taken us to another drive-in movie, but she was occupied with her boyfriend, so my younger cousin,my brother, and I got out of the car to wander around and we saw bits of this movie showing on another screen--namely the recurring scene with the dog stealing girls' bikini tops. It's pretty tame and goofy in retrospect, but it sure is pretty memorable when you are ten years old.

Seeing the entire movie years later, I can't help but have some misbegotten affection for it. It is one of those free-spirited, anarchic late 70's teen films with no real plot to speak of except for a bunch of California teens cruising around, partying, and having sex (ironically, pretty much what the young drive-in audience at the time was probably also doing). The lead Kim Lankford, who plays a female lifeguard having her first sexual experiences, never really appeared in anything after this, but she was an appealing beauty and quite memorable here. Co-star Tara Stroheim was involved in a lot of Roger Corman-type 70's drive-in fare like "Hollywood Boulevard" with Candice Rialson. The actress with the most interesting career, however, is no doubt Susan Player who was in "The Pom-Pom Girls" (a somewhat more famous drive-in movie a lot like this), but she also appeared in Italian sex comedies like "Cugini Carnal" ("Carnal Cousins")and the British-Italian exploitation film "The Adolescents" with Koo Stark.

You don't need to know any of that to enjoy THIS movie though. It's no cinematic masterpiece by a long shot, and it's fairly tame as far as sexploitation flicks go, but is an enjoyable time capsule of a bygone era.

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