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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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Annette's Husband
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Annette
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Sandi
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Michael
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Bobby
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Connie
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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)
Alan Barry ...
Salesman
Thomas David Parker ...
Salesman
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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:

Malibu Beach Girls  »

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$13,110,903 (USA)
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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

Annette: He'll be back. I know that in my heart.
Bobby: You know, you're awful sweet, Mom.
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I Hate You
Written by Kirk R. Thatcher (as Kirk Thatcher)
Arranged by Mark A. Mangini (as Mark Mangini)
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"Say, do you want to hear about an accident I once had?"
18 May 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This is a great piece of retro kitsch. Frankie and Annette spoof themselves and their squeaky clean image from the 60s. Loads of inside jokes for those who love the old beach movies. Appearances by Dick Dale, Connie Stevens, OJ Simpson, and Pee Wee Herman are all top notch.

This was the first PG movie I ever saw. I loved it and watched it over and over. Re-watching it for the first time in a decade revealed so many jokes I didn't get as a child. It's great, great, great!!


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