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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>

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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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Company Credits

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

Borrowed producer Kirk R. Thatcher's punk song "I Hate You" from fellow Paramount production Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). 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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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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By Bob Spickard & Brian Carman
Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Dick Dale
Produced by Gary Usher & David Kahne
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One of the best American comedies of the last 30 years!
12 May 1999 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

BACK TO THE BEACH is undoubtedly one of the best, funniest American Comedies of the last thirty years! It is a great movie - with a great cast, great settings, and great music! Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are back. They're visiting their daughter in L.A. While there, there are all sorts of hilarious situations, jokes, and even cameos (Don Adams, Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr.)Fun from first reel to last. A real treasure.


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