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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

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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 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.


Drama | Music

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Release Date:

29 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes and Villains See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leonard Hill Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


In the movie, Brian Wilson is portrayed as obese, bearded, and refusing to leave his bed as early as 1967, listening to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on headphones all day. In reality, despite his Smile project being scrapped and even though he wasn't as involved in the Beach Boys as he had been before, Brian was still very much a part of the group, very actively writing, producing, and performing on the records until the mid-1970s. See more »


Edited into Cease to Exist (2007) See more »

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I lived through the beach boys era.
18 June 2005 | by admin-737See all my reviews

I lived through the beach boys era, I was just a kid when it began but spent many a great summer at beach boys concerts throughout the 70's Including one memorable concert in the former Foxboro stadium (now the Gillette stadium) Where they performed with the band Chicago and their combined vocal and instrumental talents shone. While the movie has been panned by many I would say it is the closest thing (in motion picture form) to a real view of their history. It in some ways minimizes their impact on both the music of the time and future musicians, but is a good start for anyone interested in learning about the band and what they still mean for so many even to this day.

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