Back to the Beach (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  7 August 1987 (USA)
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Frankie and Annette, having grown up and put aside their beach-partying lifestyle, visit their daughter in Southern California and discover there's still some wild times left in them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette's Husband
Joe Holland ...
John Calvin ...
David Bowe ...
Laura Urstein ...
Marjorie Gross ...
Airline Hostess
Hartley Silver ...
Fleishman (as Hartly Silver)
Alan Barry ...
Thomas David Parker ...


Frankie and Annette grow up and have kids in the midwest. They return to LA to visit their daughter who is shacked up with her boyfriend and tries to hide the fact. They begin to have marriage problems when Frankie runs into Connie, who has erected a shrine to him in her night club. Their punk son has joined up with the local surf toughs, and things all come to a head when the toughs challenge the good guys to a surfing duel. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a totally NEW WAVE motion picture experience.


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

7 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Malibu Beach Girls  »

Box Office


$13,110,903 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout the movie, Frankie Avalon's character is only referred to as "The Big Kahuna", and never once is called by his first name. He is listed as "Annette's Husband" in the end credits. The name "Frankie" could not be used anywhere in the film, because Avalon played "Frankie" in the 1960s beach movies and legal issues were involved since this film was made by a different studio and with different producers. However, "The Big Kahuna" was actually a character from the 1959 film "Gidget," rather than from the Beach Party series. The same thing is said for Annette Funicello's character because her character's name in the Beach Party films was named Delores, or Dee Dee for short. See more »


During the Big Beach Bonfire Party, Annette starts out wearing an orange sweater over a sparkly white top and pants. Minutes later, she's wearing a bright pink wetsuit with a polka-dot skirt while she surfs with Troy. She goes off to find Connie in the very next scene and she's back to wearing the original outfit. See more »


[first lines]
Bobby: 45 years ago, my parents were the most popular teenagers in America. It's true. My dad was a teen idol. Girls threw themselves at him. Unfortunately, this was 1962 and he had to throw them back. When Dad wasn't singing he spent his time on a surfboard. They called him The Big Kahuna. When I was born, Dad wanted to call me Little Kahuna. Luckily, he settled for Bobby. As for Mom, she joined that stupid cult club called the Mouseketeers. She became the first pin-up queen for boys ...
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


Going Back to the Beach
Written, Performed and Produced by Taylor M. Uhler (as Tay Uhler) & Scott Lipsker
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Frankie and Annette get back to their home turf
3 July 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

For those of us who grew up on Beach Party movies, this is a fun revisiting of the genre. Done as a combination homage/spoof to these early/mid 60's drive-in specials, the movie reunites some of the principle players and revisits the myth of California as Shangri-La.

Annette, Frankie, Connie and dozens of guests in cameo roles gently rib the genre and themselves. As usual, Annette and Frankie have some difference of opinions and go off in different directions--even though they have been married for 20 years. Their plots to make each other jealous and the ultimate reconciliation are no surprise, but still make for a pleasant 90 minutes.

Annette and Connie are as lovely as ever. The villains are redeemed in the end and, of course, the "Big Kahuna" overcomes his anxiety and wins the surfing competition(even though he has not been on a board in over 20 years)..

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