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22 November 1985 (USA) See more »
A biography of the American rock band The Beach Boys, with interviews, concert footage and clips from movies and television shows they appeared in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Brian Wilson ... Himself (also archive footage)

Dennis Wilson ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Wilson ... Himself (also archive footage)
Mike Love ... Himself (also archive footage)
Al Jardine ... Himself (also archive footage)
Bruce Johnston ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

The Beach Boys ... Themselves (also archive footage)

Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Figueroa ... Himself - drummer

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul McCartney ... Himself (archive footage)

Van Dyke Parks ... Himself

Dan Aykroyd ... Police Officer #1 (uncredited)

John Belushi ... Police Officer #2 (uncredited)

Harry Nilsson ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm Leo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Malcolm Leo 

Produced by
Malcolm Leo .... producer
Jon Peisinger .... executive producer
Bonnie Peterson .... producer
Leo Peterson .... producer
Michael Wiese .... executive producer
Cinematography by
John Toll 
Film Editing by
Mark Cole 
David Fairfield 
Production Management
Rouben Rapelian .... production executive
Sound Department
Bruce Bisenz .... sound: location
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound recordist
Doug Nelson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Fritz Roland .... additional photographer
Editorial Department
Larry Harris .... editor: video tape
Karl Jacobsen .... assistant editor
Pam Marshall .... editor: video tape
Frank Mazzaro .... editor: video tape
Mark West .... editor: video tape
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist
Andy Zall .... editor: video tape
Other crew
Desert Cowart .... production secretary
John Delgatto .... film & videotape research
Dennis Diken .... research
Lucinda Dronberger .... production secretary
Ron Furmanek .... audio research
Katherine Gould .... assistant to the executive producers
Edick Hossepian .... production assistant
Carol Kapitan .... assistant to the executive producers
Charles Mcdonald .... main title graphics
Paul Surratt .... film & videotape research
Kathie Van Brunt .... production coordinator

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Did You Know?

A couple of songs in the film, "Surf's Up" and "Fire" (aka. "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow") were recorded for the famous, unreleased "SMiLE" album which was supposed to be released in the summer of 1967.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good, But Could Have Been Better, 24 March 2003
Author: Brian Washington ( from Los Angeles, California

This is a fairly decent documentary on probably one of the most influential bands in rock and roll. However, they do tend to gloss over most of the problems within the band. Many people know that Dennis Wilson was involved with Charles Manson but the film barely touches on that aspect. Also, it barely touches on the physical and mental abuse the Wilson brothers went through and how it affected them especially Brian and Dennis. However, listening to all those classic songs, especially those from the aborted "Smile" project, made this a good film for me.

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