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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.

Director:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,265,660, 9 August 1987

Gross USA:

$13,110,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,110,903
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After filming was completed, Annette Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. During filming, as a result of fatigue from long hours shooting the film, she had noticed an increase in the frequency and severity of minor MS symptoms that she had experienced off-and-on for several years. She requested that her husband tell no one on the set. See more »

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[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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Sign of Love
By Mark Goldenberg & Jennifer Condos
Performed by Aimee Mann
Produced by John Boylan
Additional Recording by David Kahne
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Frankie and Annette get back to their home turf
3 July 2004 | by cb795See all my reviews

For those of us who grew up on Beach Party movies, this is a fun revisiting of the genre. Done as a combination homage/spoof to these early/mid 60's drive-in specials, the movie reunites some of the principle players and revisits the myth of California as Shangri-La.

Annette, Frankie, Connie and dozens of guests in cameo roles gently rib the genre and themselves. As usual, Annette and Frankie have some difference of opinions and go off in different directions--even though they have been married for 20 years. Their plots to make each other jealous and the ultimate reconciliation are no surprise, but still make for a pleasant 90 minutes.

Annette and Connie are as lovely as ever. The villains are redeemed in the end and, of course, the "Big Kahuna" overcomes his anxiety and wins the surfing competition(even though he has not been on a board in over 20 years)..


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