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Shag (1989)

Summer of 1963. Carson is getting married to her boyfriend so her friends Melaina, Pudge and Luanne take her to Myrtle Beach for one last irresponsible weekend.


Zelda Barron


Lanier Laney (story), Terry Sweeney (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Carson
Scott Coffey ... Chip
Bridget Fonda ... Melaina
Annabeth Gish ... Pudge
Page Hannah ... Luanne
Robert Rusler ... Buzz
Tyrone Power Jr. Tyrone Power Jr. ... Harley
Jeff Yagher ... Jimmy Valentine
Paul Lieber ... The Manager
Donald Craig Donald Craig ... Senator Clatterbuck
Shirley Anne Field ... Mrs. Clatterbuck
Leilani Sarelle ... Suette
Carrie Hamilton Carrie Hamilton ... Nadine
Jay Baker ... Big Bob
Joe Seely Joe Seely ... The Creep


Summer of 1963. Carson is getting married to her boyfriend so her friends Melaina, Pudge and Luanne take her to Myrtle Beach for one last irresponsible weekend. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On a summer weekend in 1963, four girlfriends made memories that would last a lifetime.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shag: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, South Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Palace Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The VHS release contains the original music from the theatrical release. The DVD contains some music from the theatrical release, but many substitutions are made throughout the movie due to licensing. The original soundtrack release is music from the DVD version, not the VHS version.This was also due to licensing. See more »


When the girls first arrive in Myrtle Beach, they drive by an amusement park in which a steel looping roller coaster is clearly visible. The first modern coaster with a loop wasn't introduced until 1976. See more »


Malaina: I've got news, you're going to lose.
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Alternate Versions

Some video versions feature different songs on the soundtrack or no music at all in some scenes compared to the original release, probably due to licensing problems. See more »


References Rocky and His Friends (1959) See more »


Our Day Will Come
Performed by k.d. lang and The Reclines
Composed by Bob Hilliard (as Hilliard), Mort Garson (as Garson)
© Rosewood Music Corp./Day Music Co./Hilliard Music Co.
Sub-Published by Francis Day & Hunter Ltd.
Recording courtesy of Sire Records Co.
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"It's the most fun"
18 March 2003 | by mrmoser1See all my reviews

`This was our last weekend together, and we didn't feel like going to Ft. Sumter and touring goddamn colonial homes! We wanted to go to the beach! And meet boys! And go to wild parties! And dance!' One of the most overlooked but greatest girl-movies all time, *Shag* is a meticulously crafted period piece that takes a look back at the summer of '63 - a hallowed summer cinematically, supposedly representing an innocent America untouched by the coming traumas of the Sixties. It is the story of four girls who have just graduated from high school who hightail it to Myrtle Beach - the forbidden zone of boys and booze. As they whoop it up, each of them has their eyes opened to a reality that is not part of the world their parents laid out for them. `Y'all, I'm *wild*,' Cates' character tells her friends towards the end of the movie, `I guess I always have been - I just didn't know it,' and Cates' youthful beauty and innocence make it completely believable. Hannah seems to not take herself as seriously as her more famous sister does - and her hilarious portrayal of the tight-assed Luanne morphs from rigid propriety to semi-unbridled lust. Pudge finally meets a boy who loves her for everything she is, and Gish has a field day with the character. But it is Fonda's portrayal of the bad-girl preacher's daughter who steals the show. Described by one reviewer as `*Dirty Dancing* meets *Mystic Pizza* meets *American Graffiti*,' as a coming-of-age film, *Shag* is nothing less than enchanting.

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