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Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys (1990)

Dramatization looks at the tumultuous relationship that existed between rock group The Beach Boy's Brian and Dennis Wilson and their father, Murry. It also examines their struggles with drugs and alcohol.


Michael Switzer


Steven Gaines (book), Charles Rosin




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Greenwood ... Dennis Wilson
Greg Kean ... Brian Wilson
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Murry Wilson
Casey Sander ... Mike Love
Bo Foxworth ... Carl Wilson
Linda Dona ... Karen Lamm (as Linda Doná)
Laura Leigh Hughes ... Carole Wilson
Wendy Foxworth ... Marilyn Wilson (as Wendy Kaplan)
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... Audree Wilson
Andrew Myler Andrew Myler ... Al Jardine
William Jones William Jones ... Bill (as J. Bill Jones)
Billy Vera Billy Vera ... Sal
Robert Lee ... Bruce Johnston (as Robert E. Lee)
Maya Lebenzon Maya Lebenzon ... Crystal
Kelly Bratten Kelly Bratten ... Tinda


This biopic chronicles the continuing saga of the Beach Boys from 1961 to 1985. Mainly focuses on the Beach Boys resident wildman Dennis Wilson and in a slightly less capacity big brother Brian Wilson. Written by Paul Cartwright <cartwrit@vianet.net.au>

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The true-life story of America's premier super-group. See more »


Drama | Music

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Rated R for drug content and some sexuality

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A scene of topless women (not seen in the original TV broadcast) was added for the VHS video release. See more »


The film implies that under Murry Wilson's direction, the Beach Boys recorded "Barbara Ann" in a standard session in 1963 or 1964. In reality, the song was recorded "unplugged" in September 1965 after Dean Torrence (of Jan and Dean fame) visited the session for the Beach Boys' Party! album and suggested that they record it. By that time, Murry Wilson had long since been fired as the Beach Boys' manager. See more »


Edited into Cease to Exist (2007) See more »

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song title needed or artist
27 July 2009 | by cntry4608See all my reviews

Does anyone know the name of the song being performed by the band on stage when the Beach Boys arrived for their first live performance, a band was playing a surfer instrumental on stage at the beginning of the scene. I would love to know the title of the song or the artist being portrayed. I hope all the members of the Beach Boys know that their influence and contributions were historical and will never be matched. I am glad to be a member of the 70s Generation. The movie shouldn't have focused almost entirely on the bad elements of the band. Dennis was the one spotlighted for trouble, but if you think about it, it was the actions of Dennis that inspired most of Brian's wonderful collection of landmark hits.

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29 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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Heroes and Villains See more »

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Leonard Hill Films See more »
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