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Back to the Beach (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Musical | 7 August 1987 (USA)
Frankie and Annette, having grown up and put aside their beach-partying lifestyle, visit their daughter in Southern California and discover there's still some wild times left in them.

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Lyndall Hobbs

Writers:

James Komack (story), Bill Norton (story) (as B.W.L. Norton) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Avalon ... Annette's Husband
Annette Funicello ... Annette
Lori Loughlin ... Sandi
Tommy Hinkley ... Michael
Demian Slade ... Bobby
Connie Stevens ... Connie
Joe Holland Joe Holland ... Zed
John Calvin ... Troy
David Bowe ... Mountain
Laura Lanoil ... Robin (as Laura Urstein)
Linda Carol ... Bridgette
Marjorie Gross Marjorie Gross ... Airline Hostess
Hartley Silver Hartley Silver ... Fleishman (as Hartly Silver)
Alan Barry Alan Barry ... Salesman
Thomas David Parker Thomas David Parker ... Salesman
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Storyline

Frankie and Annette grow up and have kids in the midwest. They return to LA to visit their daughter who is shacked up with her boyfriend and tries to hide the fact. They begin to have marriage problems when Frankie runs into Connie, who has erected a shrine to him in her night club. Their punk son has joined up with the local surf toughs, and things all come to a head when the toughs challenge the good guys to a surfing duel. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a totally NEW WAVE motion picture experience.

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Malibu Beach Girls See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,110,903
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Annette opens a kitchen cabinet and replaces two jars of peanut butter on a shelf filled with nothing but Skippy peanut butter (10 jars). Annette Funicello was the star of a series of television commercials for Skippy peanut butter at the time. (The other shelves are similarly strangely stocked: the top shelf is nothing but Heinz ketchup (16 bottles), while the next is nothing but Campbell's soup (29 cans)). See more »

Goofs

During a long dolly shot of the singing cast marching down the beach, wheel tracks in the sand from the camera car are visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby: 45 years ago, my parents were the most popular teenagers in America. It's true. My dad was a teen idol. Girls threw themselves at him. Unfortunately, this was 1962 and he had to throw them back. When Dad wasn't singing he spent his time on a surfboard. They called him The Big Kahuna. When I was born, Dad wanted to call me Little Kahuna. Luckily, he settled for Bobby. As for Mom, she joined that stupid cult club called the Mouseketeers. She became the first pin-up queen for boys ...
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Connections

Follows Beach Party (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Going Back to the Beach
Written, Performed and Produced by Taylor M. Uhler (as Tay Uhler) & Scott Lipsker
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If you're not a big old sour puss...
2 July 2002 | by melisande55See all my reviews

you'll like this movie..

It's completely non-serious. It doesn't try to BE a beach movie of the 1960's...it tries to be a silly remake.

The costumes and sets are delightful - every known form of beachie cabana style is represented. Annette looks adorable in her cartoonish costumes, and is an inspiration to get out to the beach for all us "old folks."

The cuts with real surfing footage are enough to keep real surfers mesmerized, and the bathing suit styles are updated and sexy.

What more could you want on in the background on a Saturday afternoon?


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