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Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Music  |  29 April 1990 (USA)
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Dramatization looks at the tumultuous relationship that existed between rock group The Beach Boy's Brian and Dennis Wilson and their father, Murry. It also examines their struggles with drugs and alcohol.

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This biopic chronicles the continuing saga of the Beach Boys from 1961 to 1985. Mainly focuses on the Beach Boys resident wildman Dennis Wilson and in a slightly less capacity big brother Brian Wilson. Written by Paul Cartwright <cartwrit@vianet.net.au>

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During the scene that amalgamates the story of the recording of Pet Sounds and Smile, Brian Wilson suggests to Mike Love that if he doesn't like the music then he can "collaborate with Pop on The Many Moods of Murry Wilson." The Many Moods of Murry Wilson was an album of schmaltzy instrumentals that the Wilson Brothers' father released in 1967, which includes two instrumentals written by Murry's plumber friend, a remake of The Beach Boys' "The Warmth of The Sun," and Beach Boy Al Jardine's "Italia," among others. See more »

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The movie depicts Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, Bruce Johnston, and Mike Love singing "God Only Knows" live in the studio with the musicians. In reality, Brian Wilson (and most music producers) never records "live" - he has the instrumental track recorded and perfected first, then later overdubs the vocals; this was definitely the case with "God Only Knows." Also, Mike Love does not appear on "God Only Knows;" the background vocal that Mike is shown laying down in the movie was in reality provided by Brian Wilson. See more »

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Really worth a watch
15 August 2003 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

As an avid film buff - I've got to say that despite "Summer Dreams" being a tv movie, it is of excellent quality. The acting, in particular Bruce Greenwood in the role of the late Dennis Wilson, is superb and the way in which the story is told is intriguing, touching and real without being over hollywood-ized. Summer Dreams is perhaps the best tv movie I have ever seen. As matter of fact I have had it on video since it first aired. in 1990...quite a long time. If you ever catch it in the tv listings, give it a shot -- it is well worth watching.


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