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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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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
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Alan Hale Jr.'s last movie role. See more »

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The initial external shot of the airborne Boeing 747 is a full-length version of the plane. Upon landing, it is clearly the much-shorter "SP" version of a TWA 747. 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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References 77 Sunset Strip (1958) See more »

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As Beauty Does
By Hazel George (as Gil George) & Paul J. Smith
Performed by Annette Funicello
Courtesy of The Walt Disney Company
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Great Movie, with Great Characters, and wonderful light touch
10 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Of course this movie won't mean much to you if you don't know who Frankie and Annette and Connie Stevens are, but that makes you ignorant, that doesn't make the movie bad. I can't believe the negative comments I've been reading. This is a wonderful movie parody of the old themes of the beach movies. It has a great cast with many funny lines and a wonderful light touch that doesn't take itself too seriously and throws in bizarre touches like Pee Wee Herman appearing out of nowhere to sing "Surfin' Bird." It was quite a feat for them to make funny characters out of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello as a middle-aged couple; they weren't exactly known for their great acting or comedy talent. Their son in the movie was one of the most enjoyable movie characters of the 1980's. Every scene in the movie brings a smile. Great Stuff.


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