This movie re-creates the life stories of the members of the rock group "The Beach Boys". The film focuses primarily on the Wilson brothers and their parents, but also includes stories ... See full summary »
Reviews
Popularity
4,759 ( 245)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2000  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Michael Switzer
Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Greg Kean, Arlen Dean Snyder
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A biography of the American rock band The Beach Boys, with interviews, concert footage and clips from movies and television shows they appeared in.

Director: Malcolm Leo
Stars: Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

I Just Wasn't Made for These Times is a documentary about the life of Brian Wilson, the musical mastermind and songwriter for the Beach Boys. The film examines the ups and downs of Wilson's... See full summary »

Director: Don Was
Stars: Brian Wilson, John Cale, David Crosby
Love & Mercy (2014)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

Director: Bill Pohlad
Stars: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks
The Monkees (1966–1968)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Alan Boyd
Stars: Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Director: Denny Tedesco
Stars: Denny Tedesco, Brian Wilson, Dick Clark
Help! (1965)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The original '70s T.V. family is now placed in the 1990s, where they're even more square and out of place than ever.

Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Christine Taylor
Beach Boys (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Richard Gossage
Stars: Steven Emrys, Colin Higgins, Simon Lowe
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Brian Wilson (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Mike Love (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Dennis Wilson (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Al Jardine (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Carl Wilson (2 episodes, 2000)
Amy Van Horne ...
 Marilyn Rovell (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Nik Venet (2 episodes, 2000)
(2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Mike Love's Dad / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Audree Wilson (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Murry Wilson (2 episodes, 2000)
Raegan Kotz ...
 Deborah Jameson (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Amy (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Chuck Britz (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Tommy Schaeffer (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Samuel Pierce (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Diane Rovell (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Irving Rovell (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 May Rovell (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Hal Blaine (2 episodes, 2000)
Harris Laskawy ...
 Voyle Gilmore (2 episodes, 2000)
...
 Nik's Secretary (2 episodes, 2000)
Edit

Storyline

This movie re-creates the life stories of the members of the rock group "The Beach Boys". The film focuses primarily on the Wilson brothers and their parents, but also includes stories about the rest of members of the band. A two-part television movie special. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beach Boys: Kezdetektől a világhírig  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During scenes in which Brian Wilson is demoing "I Get Around" and "In My Room," the real Brian Wilson contributes the vocal, recorded specifically for this movie. However, an uncredited Jeffrey Foskett, a member of Brian Wilson's touring band, provides the high notes during the "In My Room" demo. See more »

Goofs

During a scene in the second half of the miniseries, Mike Love's mustache starts to fall off when he's in bed and talking with his wife. See more »

Quotes

Murry Wilson: Hey, Dave you know the rules. Everybody carries their own amp.
Dave Marks: It's too heavy.
Murry Wilson: Since when? You don't smile when you're playing. Now you expect somebody to strike your equipment. What, you think you're some kind of big shot?
Dave Marks: You'd be happy if I quit wouldn't you? Alright then I quit. You happy now?
Murry Wilson: You heard him! He quit! He's out! You're out Dave.
Dave Marks: I hate you, Murry!
See more »

Soundtracks

IN MY ROOM
Written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher
Performed by The Beach Boys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Impressive Movie on the Legendary Band
10 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Epic telling of the rise and downfall of The Beach Boys who rose to the top of the charts before members started doing their own things including various stints with drugs. The movie follows the band as they try to come up with new songs while Brian Wilson (Frederick Weller) begins to experiment and try a different style of music. THE BEACH BOYS: AN American FAMILY clocks in just under three hours and it covers a very short period but I guess that's what is so amazing about this band. It's rather incredible to think of how many great songs they recorded in such a limited amount of time. As with most bio pics, there are certainly things changed for dramatic purposes but for the most part I think fans are going to be happy with what the producers have done here. This was originally aired over a two night period with each episode clocking in at two hours. The first portion basically covers the rise of the group and ends just as the bands are starting to face new pressures. The second portion follows with how the band members started to go their own ways, experimenting with drugs and looks closer at the abuse the band was taking from their manager Murry Wilson (Kevin Dunn). The film features some incredibly good performances including Dunn as the rather villainous father who pretty much did whatever he could to get even, in a bad way with his kids. Weller is also quite memorable as Wilson, although he unintentionally reminded me of the Jeff Daniels character from DUMB AND DUMBER during the breakdown scenes at the end. Alley Mills (Audree Wilson), Nick Stabile (Dennis Wilson) and Matt Letscher (Mike Love) are also very memorable in their parts. A major plus going for the film are all the great tunes from the band, heard in their original versions. The film does start to feel a bit long towards the end and I think the downfall of the band took a bit too much time and I think some of the material could have been trimmed down some (especially the Charles Manson stuff). Still, fans of the group should really enjoy this film.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not as bad as I thought it would be suryafernandez
Van Dyke Parks....? marsantial
Where Can I Find This? tenaciousdz
Brian jahasnell
This movie revealed some shocking facts mauricetaylor
Anybody got a spare copy of this? ffiona-1

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?