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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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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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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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$13,110,903 (USA)
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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 »

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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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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 Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »

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Catch a Wave
By Brian Wilson
Performed by Jan & Dean
Produced by Gary Usher
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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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