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
Demian Slade ...
Joe Holland ...
John Calvin ...
David Bowe ...
Laura Urstein ...
Marjorie Gross ...
Airline Hostess
Hartley Silver ...
Fleishman (as Hartly Silver)
Alan Barry ...
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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?


Borrowed producer Kirk R. Thatcher's punk song "I Hate You" from fellow Paramount production Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). 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]
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Whatever happened to Frankie & Annette?
16 September 2000 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

Frankie and Annette, together again. The movie really does contain the silliness of the original beach movies. Not laugh out loud funny but smiles, chuckles and yes, the occasional groan (the good kind...). Nevermind the story, it's' light abnd totally improbable. Again, like the originals.. Look for the jokes, the spoofing of the genre and of Frankie & Annette and the cameos. I mean look at the list...Connie Stevens (more than a cameo, she again plays the "bad girl" that tries to lure Frankie away from Annette), Stevie Ray Vaughan (In a great duet with the King Of The Surf Guitar, Dick Dale... a rare appearance on movie screens by Stevie Ray..), Pee Wee Herman (typically goofy..), Don Adams. Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, Barbara Billingsly, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow (see a theme here?), Bob Denver and Alan Hale, Jr. Great cameos, worked in in insane ways. Hey, even the band Fishbone and Annette do a song called "Jamaican Ska". This isn't "Schindler's List" here, people, it's light, silly comedy for people in light, silly moods. Worth a try is in the mood.. particularly if you have seen some of the "Beach Blanket" movies..

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