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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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Trivia

Annette Funicello 's last film. See more »

Goofs

The initial external shot of the airborne Boeing 747 is a full-length version of the plane. Upon landing, it is clearly the much-shorter "SP" version of a TWA 747. 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

References Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Things Live Forever
By Michael Sembello & John Bettis
Performed by The Cast
Produced by Michael Sembello
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User Reviews

If you look at the ceiling when you hear of reunion movies...
6 June 1999 | by BDPISee all my reviews

Twenty some-odd years after livening the beach scene, Annette and Frankie return, helping the viewers along with the already self-explanatory title.

Frankie is an obsessed car dealer who is married to Annette, the perennial optimist. They intend to travel to Hawaii with their son, to see if Frankie can relax. On the way, they stop to see their slightly more liberated daughter in California. When they meet up with members of the old gang, we see how Frankie and Annette re-evaluate their relationship. In the process, they and their children also have an opportunity to share with each other more openly. It's all in good and clean fun, and is more of a family movie than most that intended to be so.


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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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