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Back to the Beach (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Musical | 7 August 1987 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Annette's Husband
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Annette
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Sandi
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Michael
Demian Slade ...
Bobby
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Connie
Joe Holland ...
Zed
John Calvin ...
Troy
David Bowe ...
Mountain
Laura Urstein ...
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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Comedy | Musical

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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

Legendary guitarists Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughan appear in a scene, performing Pipeline by The Chantays. Dick Dale is known as The King Of The Surf Guitar and the song is a frequently covered surf rock instrumental. See more »

Goofs

During a long dolly shot of the singing cast marching down the beach, wheel tracks in the sand from the camera car are visible. See more »

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[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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Follows Bikini Beach (1964) See more »

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Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
By Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
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If you're not a big old sour puss...
2 July 2002 | by (SoCal) – See all my reviews

you'll like this movie..

It's completely non-serious. It doesn't try to BE a beach movie of the 1960's...it tries to be a silly remake.

The costumes and sets are delightful - every known form of beachie cabana style is represented. Annette looks adorable in her cartoonish costumes, and is an inspiration to get out to the beach for all us "old folks."

The cuts with real surfing footage are enough to keep real surfers mesmerized, and the bathing suit styles are updated and sexy.

What more could you want on in the background on a Saturday afternoon?


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