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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.

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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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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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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

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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Trivia

Throughout the movie, Frankie Avalon's character is only referred to as "The Big Kahuna", and never once is called by his first name. He is listed as "Annette's Husband" in the end credits. The name "Frankie" could not be used anywhere in the film, because Avalon played "Frankie" in the 1960s beach movies and legal issues were involved since this film was made by a different studio and with different producers. However, "The Big Kahuna" was actually a character from Gidget (1959)," rather than from the Beach Party series. The same thing is said for Annette Funicello's character because her character's name in the Beach Party films was named Delores, or Dee Dee for short. 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 »

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[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

Follows Beach Party (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

As Beauty Does
By Hazel George (as Gil George) & Paul J. Smith
Performed by Annette Funicello
Courtesy of The Walt Disney Company
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Back to the Beach for Frankie and Annette!
25 January 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Back to the Beach (1987) was an interesting movie that was produced during the 80's. The Big Kahuna (Frankie Avalon) is a family man now who's wife (Annette) is a preppy housewife who has a kitchen cabinet full of Skippy's peanut butter (creamy) with a 50's housewife aura. She's always smiling and just so happy. The kids are at the rebellious age and are weirded out by their strange behavior. That's until the family heads back to the beach and the kids discover their parents lively background!

You can't go wrong with this movie if you're a big fan of the 60's films that starred Annette and Frankie. A true nostalgia flick filled with several older stars (The Skipper and Gilligan) and new ones (i.e. Pee-Wee Herman). What keeps this from being a real keeper is the way the film ends, but if you're a fan of the stars it wont matter. A nice reunion picture.

Recommended for Beach Blanket Bingo fans. Others yield caution before viewing!


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