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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)  »

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Malibu Beach Girls  »

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$13,110,903 (USA)
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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 »

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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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References The Smurfs (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Go To The Beach
By Mark Noone
Performed by The Slickee Boys
Produced by John Chumbris and The Slickee Boys
Courtesy of Twin/Tone Records, Inc.
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tremendous watchability
8 November 2004 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you've been to film school or honestly believe black and white film noir somehow has the edge on all other genres then cease reading and go back to your bongo, beret and pretentious clover cigarettes because you will never understand how much fun this film is. Take the icon duo of Frankie and Annette put them in a parody of their own genre add a half dozen cameos from some of the most memorable characters 60's T.V. had to offer add some great casting especially the role of Bobby (Demian Slade) and you have Back to the Beach.

Frankie is an over worked car dealer Annette is an overly optimistic housewife- they opt to take a trip to Hawaii stopping along the way in L.A. to visit their eldest daughter who happens to live on the very beach they once romped as teens. Did I mention their son Bobby (an ashamed to be Frankie and Annettes son donning punk garb and attitude) tags along creating the punchiest of the punchlines and the films narration. There on the beach Frankie finds his daughter dating a surfer and an old flame "losing" Annette in the process while ticking off the local "beach roughians". The plot is great as a parody with the perfect couple playing the leads while the story plays out in old beach film fashion.

It's risqué enough to keep your eyes open but innocent enough in dialogue to show a six year old. Sure the acting is over the top but didn't I mention this was a parody of the "beach films". Add to this a great musical score including Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have not so much a great film as a very watchable/researchable one.

Is it as good as say Requiem For a Dream no of course not but let me ask: how often can you really watch a man lose his arm while his girl friend reverts to public sodomy for drug money...Go for the FUN!! Go watch Back To The Beach, you won't be disappointed!!!!!


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