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Shag (1989)

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

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Carson
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Chip
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Melaina
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Pudge
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Luanne
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Buzz
Tyrone Power Jr. ...
Harley
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Jimmy Valentine
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The Manager
Donald Craig ...
Senator Clatterbuck
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Mrs. Clatterbuck
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Suette
Carrie Hamilton ...
Nadine
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Big Bob
Joe Seely ...
The Creep
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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. 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Shag: The Movie  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,957,975 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the girls are first driving through the beach party, a modern-day Coke machine is visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Buller: [knocking] Malaina you unlock this door, you hear me?
Malaina: [applying lipstick in her pants and bikini top] I'm not decent, Daddy.
Reverend Buller: You tell those girls to lay off that horn, you're not going with them.
Malaina: Yes sir.
[puts on her shirt]
Reverend Buller: And you ain't fooling me with that Fort Sumter story.
Malaina: Yes sir.
[picks up her bag and goes out the window]
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: UHF/Valentino Returns/Shag (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in Love Again
Performed by Randy Newman
Composed by Fats Domino (as Domino), David Bartholomew (as Bartholomew)
© Reeve Music Co.
Sub-Published by Francis Day & Hunter Ltd.
t/a Bluebird Music
Recording courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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The discovery and adventure of coming of age.
22 July 2001 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

Starring Phoebe Cates (Mrs. Kevin Kline, who knew?), as in "what ever happened to", and Bridget Fonda just as her career took off, Shag is sweet, warm, funny, nostalgic, and above all, wild. I saw a trailer for this on another DVD and added to my list of "must haves." It was well worth it.

Cates is Carson McBride, about to marry stuffy Harley Ralston (Tyron Power, Jr.). Her best friends, played by Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish and Page Hannah (yup, Darryl's sister) surprise her with a weekend in Myrtle Beach as a last fling. Cates is funny enough, but Bridget simply overpowers the other female leads with her boundless charisma.

They meet a couple of local boys who change their lives and have one heck of good time in the process. Speaking of "what ever happened to," Scott Coffey's Chip was the most enjoyable male character in the film, cute as a bug and delightfully innocent and whatever happened to him?

Too many films of this genre are souless, heartless and mindless. This one is the rare exception, and gives you a chance to remember the discovery and adventure of coming of age.


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