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Shag (I) (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 July 1989 (USA)
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Summer of 1963. Carson is getting married to her boyfriend so her friends Melaina, Pudge and Luanne take her to Myrtle Beach for one last irresponsible weekend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Page Hannah ...
Tyrone Power Jr. ...
Jimmy Valentine
The Manager
Donald Craig ...
Senator Clatterbuck
Shirley Anne Field ...
Mrs. Clatterbuck
Carrie Hamilton ...
Jay Baker ...
Big Bob
Joe Seely ...
The Creep


Summer of 1963. Carson is getting married to her boyfriend so her friends Melaina, Pudge and Luanne take her to Myrtle Beach for one last irresponsible weekend. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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On a summer weekend in 1963, four girlfriends made memories that would last a lifetime.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shag: The Movie  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$6,957,975 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The VHS release contains the original music from the theatrical release. The DVD contains some music from the theatrical release, but many substitutions are made throughout the movie due to licensing. The original soundtrack release is music from the DVD version, not the VHS version.This was also due to licensing. See more »


When the announcer introduces the judges, Senator and Mrs. Clatterbuck, Mrs. Clatterbuck's hair is parted down the middle and feathered under her pillbox hat. A minute later, in the same scene, she's wearing the same hat but her hair is just combed back with no part and is not feathered. See more »


Luanne: I wanna lay down some rules.
[Pudge sits on the couch]
Luanne: I don't want anybody sitting on the furniture.
[Pudge gets up]
Luanne: If you have to sit then just sit on the floor. Also, don't anybody use the telephone.
Malaina: Oh come on, Luanne!
Luanne: The house is supposed to be empty, if we run up that phone bill and Daddy sees someone was here, why he'd...
Carson: What about calling Harley?
Luanne, Malaina and Pudge: You're not calling Harley!
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Performed by La Vern Baker
Composed by Jerry Leiber (as Leiber), Mike Stoller (as Stoller)
Published by Trio Music Co., Ltd.
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Where the boys are
26 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie only to get a look at Tyrone Power, Jr., and ended up enjoying it immensely. Set in 1963 before the assassination of JFK, four young southern women go to Myrtle Beach for a last hurrah before college and, in one way or another, their lives change. Phoebe Cates is a virginal brunette engaged to uptight Tyrone Power, Jr., but winds up falling for Robert Rusler; Bridget Fonda is a comely blond looking to win Miss Sun Queen; Annabeth Gish is everybody's pal who wants to be somebody's girlfriend; and Page Hannah is the plain daughter of a senator hoping to keep her daddy's liquor cabinet locked and his house clean so nobody knows she and her friends were there. The movie culminates with a shagging (some kind of dancing) contest.

I suspect that some of us old-timers might like this movie even more than the teens and twenty-somethings - it sure brings you back to a time when kids talked about getting to second base, going all the way, and asked questions like, Have you ever put your tongue in anyone's ear? Shag captures the atmosphere of fun and hilarity one only gets at an early age and away from one's parents. The sound track is fabulous. Highly recommended if you want to feel young again.

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