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Back to the Beach (1987)

 -  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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Sandi
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Michael
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Bobby
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Troy
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Robin
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Bridgette
Marjorie Gross ...
Airline Hostess
Hartley Silver ...
Fleishman (as Hartly Silver)
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Storyline

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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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

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7 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$13,110,903 (USA)
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After filming was completed, Annette Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. During filming, as a result of fatigue from long hours shooting the film, she had noticed an increase in the frequency and severity of minor MS symptoms that she had experienced off-and-on for several years. and requested that her husband tell no one on the set. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Frankie, the Big Kahuna: What does that mean, "we're not in?"
Annette: Wild guess? I think it means they're not in.
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Soundtracks

Wipe Out
By Robert Berryhill, Patrick Connolly, Jim Fuller (as James Fuller) & Ronald Wilson (as Ron Wilson)
Performed by Herbie Hancock
Guest Performances by Dweezil Zappa & Terry Bozzio
Produced by Herbie Hancock, David Kahne & Tony Meilandt
Courtesy of CBS Records
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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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