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
Mrs. Clatterbuck
Carrie Hamilton ...
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.


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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Shag: The Movie  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$6,957,975 (USA)

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The interior set used for the Clatterbug's main home is the exact same set used for their house in Myrtle Beach. A few small changes were made to make it look different. See more »


The Furuno radar unit on top of Senator Clatterbuck's yacht is too modern for 1963. See more »


Buzz: You girls want a beer?
Pudge: They don't sell beer.
Carson: I have a soda.
Buzz: Bartender, four Beevos.
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References Forever Amber (1947) See more »


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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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