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1 June 1985 (USA) See more »
Former beach bunny/girl surfer Francine "Gidget" Lawrence is an adult and married to her long-term beau Jeff "Moondoggie" Griffin... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Caryn Richman ... Francine 'Gidget' Griffin

Dean Butler ... Jeff 'Moondoggie' Griffin
Allison Barron ... Kim

Don Stroud ... The Great Kahoona

Anne Lockhart ... Larue Powell

Vincent Van Patten ... Mickey
Johnny Yune ... Johnny Soon

David Knell ... Albert Winslow

Ben Murphy ... Ron Levering
Mary Frann ... Anne Bedford

William Schallert ... Russ Lawrence

Will Nye ... Slim
Steven Kavner ... Malibu Mac

Mike Pniewski ... Scooter Boy (as Michael Pniewski)
Peter Ackerman ... Darryl
Brad Zutaut ... Kirk

Buck Young ... Bob
Gillian Dobb ... Mary Jane
George Zateslo ... Hot Dog
Bill Edwards ... Harry Schaffer
Danny Kamekona ... George the Chauffeur

Florence Schauffler ... Neighbor

Peter Youngblood ... Worker
Richard Lee ... Korean Man

Moe Keale ... Bob the Driver

Directed by
Bruce Bilson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Blees 
George Zateslo 

Produced by
Harry Ackerman .... executive producer
Carole Coates .... senior executive producer
Ralph Riskin .... producer
Cinematography by
Richard M. Rawlings Jr. 
Film Editing by
Art Stafford 
Casting by
Sally Powers 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
George B. Chan 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel 
David Horowitz 
Costume Design by
Grady Hunt 
Makeup Department
Judy Crown .... hair stylist
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Larry Y. Albucher .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peter Kousakis .... assistant director
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director
Art Department
Marty Wunderlich .... property master
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Robert Peterson .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard L. Carden .... key grip
Howard Ford .... camera operator
Michael Frediani .... assistant camera
Randall Robinson .... camera operator
Casting Department
Meryl O'Loughlin .... casting supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Art Brouillard .... costume supervisor: men
Kitty Johnson .... costume supervisor: women
Mary Rose .... assistant costume designer
Music Department
George Aliceson Tipton .... composer: song "Everybody's Down at the Beach"

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120 min

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Follows "Gidget" (1965)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not Too Bad, 2 July 2008
Author: thatcameraguy from Buffalo, New York

Thirteen years after the dog that was "Gidget Gets Married" (with Monie Ellis as Gidget), Caryn Richman manages to find some of the warmth and depth that Sally Field breathed into the character some twenty years earlier. She doesn't get much help from the script, mind you.

Once again the clock is reset; Sandra Dee's Gidget turned sixteen in the summer of 1959, Sally Field's was "fifteen and a half" in 1965, and now Richman's is twenty-seven in 1985. And boy can she fill out a swimsuit.

Dean Butler is okay as Jeff, but not spectacular. Allison Barron does a really nice job as Kim, Gidget's fifteen-and-a-half year old niece (ring a bell?) In some ways she is the "Gidget" of this film, and her performance is imbued with echoes of Sandra Dee's treatment of the character. BTW she looks awfully nice in a swimsuit too. David Knell is sweet and funny as Albert Winslow, her wimpy, geeky love interest, and Vincent Van Patten is suave, slick and despicable as Mickey, Albert's rival, a bronzed-Adonis badboy.

Don Stroud is of course a natural as the Kahuna, and William Schallert is quite good as Russ Lawrence, though there is something fundamentally disturbing about the same actor playing both Patty Laine's and Gidget Lawrence's dads. Anne Lockhart is good enough as Larue (it doesn't hurt that she resembles Lynette Winter), but she doesn't have much to do in the story.

The film doesn't contain anything you could really call a plot, but the characters are well defined, and as far back as the 1957 novel, Gidget stories were stronger when they were more about characters and relationships than story line.

The original music is downright awful (well it was the 1980's), and oddly enough old fifties tunes are employed here and there as underscoring--I say "odd" because Richman's Gidget should have been a teen in the seventies.

Overall, a fun film for all its flaws.

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