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Back to the Beach -- 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.


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Release Date:
7 August 1987 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frankie Avalon ... Annette's Husband

Annette Funicello ... Annette

Lori Loughlin ... Sandi

Tommy Hinkley ... Michael
Demian Slade ... Bobby

Connie Stevens ... Connie
Joe Holland ... Zed
John Calvin ... Troy
David Bowe ... Mountain
Laura Urstein ... Robin

Linda Carol ... Bridgette
Marjorie Gross ... Airline Hostess
Hartley Silver ... Fleishman (as Hartly Silver)
Alan Barry ... Salesman
Thomas David Parker ... Salesman

Todd Bryant ... Webby
Floyd Foster Jr. ... Ernie
Emil McKown ... Odie / Band Member
Jon Paul Jones ... Punk
Eddie Vail ... Surf Dude
Drew Steele ... Surfer / Band Member
Lola Rose Thompson ... Punk Baby
Honey Lea ... Baby's Mother
Nicholas Hales ... Autograph Hound

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Dick Dale ... Himself
Stevie Ray Vaughan ... Himself
Angelo Moore ... Fishbone
Kendall Jones ... Fishbone
Norwood Fisher ... Fishbone
Walter A. Kibby II ... Fishbone (as Walter Kibby II)
Christopher Dowd ... Fishbone
Phillip Fisher ... Fishbone
Steve Aschoff ... Band Member
Gary Usher Jr. ... Band Member
Ron Eglit ... Band Member
Tony Avalon ... Band Member
Frank Burt Avalon ... Band Member (as Frankie Avalon Jr.)

Rick Avery ... Surfers & Punks
Robert Keller ... Surfers & Punks
Pat Banta ... Surfers & Punks
Bruce C. Magee ... Surfers & Punks
Geoff Brewer ... Surfers & Punks (as Geof Brewer)
Dwayne McGee ... Surfers & Punks
Jamie R. Brisick ... Surfers & Punks

A.J. Nay ... Surfers & Punks

Bob Brown ... Surfers & Punks
Mark Orrison ... Surfers & Punks (as Mark B. Orrison)

Cooper Hamilton Bailey ... Surfers & Punks (as Steve Cooper)
Noon Orsatti ... Surfers & Punks
Jay C. Currin ... Surfers & Punks (as Jay Currin)

Víctor Quintero ... Surfers & Punks (as Victor Quintero)
Greg Gault ... Surfers & Punks (as Gregory Joe Gault)
Charlie Skeen ... Surfers & Punks (as William Charles Skeen)

Randell Dennis Widner ... Surfers & Punks

Don Adams ... Harbor Master

Barbara Billingsley ... Announcer

Edd Byrnes ... Valet

Bob Denver ... Bartender

Tony Dow ... Judge #1

Alan Hale Jr. ... Bartender's Buddy (as Alan Hale)

Jerry Mathers ... Judge #2

Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-Wee Herman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorga Caye ... Beach Girl (uncredited)
Lorenzo Gaspar ... Beach surfer (uncredited)

O.J. Simpson ... Man at Airport (uncredited)
Scott L. Treger ... Connie's Beach Date (uncredited)

Directed by
Lyndall Hobbs 
Writing credits
James Komack (story) and
Bill Norton (story) (as B.W.L. Norton) and
Bruce Kirschbaum (story)

Peter Krikes (screenplay) &
Steve Meerson (screenplay) and
Chris Thompson (screenplay) (as Christopher Thompson)

Lou Rusoff  characters

Produced by
Frankie Avalon .... co-executive producer
Annette Funicello .... co-executive producer
Frank Mancuso Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Steve Dorff 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Finfer 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Michael Helmy 
Set Decoration by
Donald J. Remacle 
Costume Design by
Ingrid Ferrin 
Marlene Stewart 
Makeup Department
Frances Bergman .... hair stylist
Sue Forrest Chambers .... additional makeup artist (as Susan Forrest-Chambers)
Hallie D'Amore .... makeup artist
Laura De'Atley .... body makeup
Donna Barrett Gilbert .... hair stylist: Ms. Funicello
Joan Phillips .... additional hair stylist
Jeremy Swan .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Marty Hornstein .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Lansbury .... second assistant director
Michael D. Pariser .... first assistant director (as Michael Pariser)
Art Department
Richard Baum .... assistant property master
Ethan Van Hecke .... assistant property master
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Dane A. Davis .... sound effects library, design
Dody Dorn .... dialogue editor
Julia Evershade .... dialogue editor
Arnold Finkelstein .... assistant sound editor
Scott Ganary .... adr mixer
Scott Ganary .... foley mixer
Gary Gegan .... adr mixer
Gary Gegan .... foley mixer
Kimberly Harris .... adr editor
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Blake Leyh .... supervising sound editor
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Cybele O'Brien .... assistant sound editor
Kim H. Ornitz .... production sound mixer
Sean Rush .... cable person
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ken Sher .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Barbara Anne Bock .... crew
Ken Ferguson .... stunt performer
Jonathan Paskowitz .... stunt double: Zed
Gary Pike .... stunt coordinator
Rick Avery .... stunt double: Frankie Avalon (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip
Danny Falkengren .... grip
Yuri Farrant .... director of photography and water camera operator
Richard Hartley .... assistant chief lighting technician
Geary McLeod .... first assistant camera
Bob Moore .... water camera operator
Hal Nelson .... grip
Don Nygren .... chief lighting technician
Ron Peebles .... second company grip
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... first company grip
Tama Takahashi .... first assistant camera
Bess Wiley .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ingrid Ferrin .... wardrobe supervisor
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costumer
Theresa Laursen .... wardrobe supervisor
Michael Lynn .... wardrobe assistant
Maria Mancuso .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kathryn Camp .... assistant film editor
Spencer Gross .... assistant film editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Neil Silver .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Lindsay Dunlap .... assistant location manager
Pam O'Har .... location manager
Music Department
Bob Boykin .... musician
Larry Herbstritt .... orchestrator
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music supervisor (as Becky Mancuso)
Brian L. McCarty .... music coordinator
Joel Moss .... score mixer
Julian Schwartz .... music assistant
Gary Usher .... vintage music consultant
Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver
Darwin Joston .... transportation captain
Gary Littlefield .... transportation coordinator
Mario Perez .... transportation captain
Ann Schott .... ms. funicello's driver
Other crew
Bernie Baker .... production coordinator
Marcy Bolotin .... unit publicist
James Buckley .... production assistant
William Chapman .... production coordinator
Jamie Cohen .... record company consultant
Mark Cunningham .... ocean assistant
Dan Curry .... title designer
Lori Eastside .... choreographer
Geoffrey Hales .... surfing consultant
Paul Hellerman .... production assistant
David Kahne .... record company consultant
Amanda Karr .... assistant: Mr. Mancuso
Tony Kerum .... caterer
Robert Loeser .... production assistant
Coreen O'Hara .... production assistant
Ron Oberman .... record company consultant
Dennis Park .... assistant production auditor
Joe Pecoraro .... production assistant (as Joseph Pecoraro)
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Gregg Ramer .... production assistant
Wendy Scruton .... production secretary
Leslie Shalom .... assistant: Ms. Hobbs
John Shapiro .... production assistant
Connie Sherman .... production auditor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Malibu Beach Girls" - USA (alternative title)
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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[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...
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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) (V)See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Back to the Beach for Frankie and Annette!, 25 January 2005

Back to the Beach (1987) was an interesting movie that was produced during the 80's. The Big Kahuna (Frankie Avalon) is a family man now who's wife (Annette) is a preppy housewife who has a kitchen cabinet full of Skippy's peanut butter (creamy) with a 50's housewife aura. She's always smiling and just so happy. The kids are at the rebellious age and are weirded out by their strange behavior. That's until the family heads back to the beach and the kids discover their parents lively background!

You can't go wrong with this movie if you're a big fan of the 60's films that starred Annette and Frankie. A true nostalgia flick filled with several older stars (The Skipper and Gilligan) and new ones (i.e. Pee-Wee Herman). What keeps this from being a real keeper is the way the film ends, but if you're a fan of the stars it wont matter. A nice reunion picture.

Recommended for Beach Blanket Bingo fans. Others yield caution before viewing!

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