Back to the Beach

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Overview

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello not only starred in the delightfully "retro" Back to the Beach, but also served as executive producers. Appropriately set 25 years after such drive-in faves as Beach Blanket Bingo, the film finds Frankie and Annette as husband and wife, living far from the surf 'n' sand in Ohio. Heading to California to visit their daughter Lori Loughlin, Frankie and Annette are appalled to learn that she has been keeping time with punker Tommy Hinkley. In time-honored fashion, our hero and ...
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Overview

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello not only starred in the delightfully "retro" Back to the Beach, but also served as executive producers. Appropriately set 25 years after such drive-in faves as Beach Blanket Bingo, the film finds Frankie and Annette as husband and wife, living far from the surf 'n' sand in Ohio. Heading to California to visit their daughter Lori Loughlin, Frankie and Annette are appalled to learn that she has been keeping time with punker Tommy Hinkley. In time-honored fashion, our hero and heroine set about to make the beach safe for funlovers everywhere by driving out Hinkley's unsavory pals. Along the way, Frankie nearly bollixes up his marriage by dallying with Connie Stevens-one of several pop-culture icons appearing in Back to the Beach, including Don Adams, Bob Denver, Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Dick Dale & the Del-Tones , Stevie Ray Vaughan, and even Pee-wee Herman! Back to the Beach is fun for a while, but its six-person writing team can't figure out a logical way to wind it all up.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
More of an oddball homage to the bygone era of the beach film than a straight-up parody, Back to the Beach still has its fair share of goofy gags aimed at the genre and its stars. But the film is mostly just a series of out-of-nowhere B-list celebrity cameos and out-of-nowhere song-and-dance numbers, which actually isn't the worst thing in the world. It's a light movie that's just short enough and just fun enough to be enjoyable. The songs are at the very least interesting, with a pre-scandal Pee-Wee Herman covering the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" and a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it Annette Funicello and Fishbone duet, and there are a few genuine chuckles along with a few forced ones mixed in with a fair share of groaners. Still, while Back to the Beach is definitely on its way to being a minor cult-classic, it's anything but a must-see movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 883316727478
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,846

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frankie Avalon Annette's Husband
Annette Funicello Annette
Connie Stevens Connie
Lori Loughlin Sandi
Tommy Hinkley Michael
Paul Reubens Pee-Wee Herman
Demian Slade Bobby
John Calvin Troy
Joe Holland Zed
David Bowe Mountain
Don Adams Harbor Master
Bob Denver Bartender (uncredited)
Alan Hale Jr. Bartender's Buddy (uncredited)
Tony Dow Judge #1 (uncredited)
Jerry Mathers Judge #2
Dick Dale
Stevie Ray Vaughan Himself
Rick Avery Surfers & Punks
Pat Banta Surfers & Punks
Alan Barry Salesman
Barbara Billingsley Announcer
Rodney Bingenheimer Himself
Geof Brewer Surfers & Punks
Todd Bryant Webby
Edward Byrnes Valet
Linda Carol Bridgette
Denise Chamian
Steve Cooper Surfers & Punks
Fishbone
Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins
John Paul Jones Punk
Dwayne McGee Surfers & Punks
A.J. Nay Surfers & Punks
Noon Orsatti Surfers & Punks
Thomas David Parker Salesman
Hartley Silver Fl????man
O.J. Simpson Uncredited
Laura Urstein Robin
Eddie Vail Surf Dude
Technical Credits
Lyndall Hobbs Director
Frankie Avalon Executive Producer, Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Steve Dorff Score Composer
Lori Eastside Choreography
David Finfer Editor
Annette Funicello Executive Producer, Producer
Michael Helmy Production Designer
Marty Hornstein Production Manager
Jamie Anderson Camera Operator
Bruce Kirschbaum Original Story
James Komack Screenwriter
Peter Krikes Screenwriter
Frank Mancuso Jr. Producer
Steve Meerson Screenwriter
Bill L. Norton Screenwriter
Paul Pollard Camera Operator
Donald J. Remacle Set Decoration/Design
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Christopher Thompson Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not up to the originals...

    This was mildly cute, but, not even close to the humor of the originals, and, didn't even quite follow as a "whatever happened to?" of the characters from the Beach Party movies. First off, Annette's name in the Beach Party movies was Dee Dee (although, Frankie was still Frankie.) This was really a spoof of a spoof, y'know? Because, the beach movies were campy as get out to start with, but, they had an adorable quality to them, and a specific formula: Frankie does something stupid, Dee Dee gets mad. They flirt with other people to make each-other insanely jealous. They make up. (Yes, this happened here, too, but... meh.) And, where was Dead-Head, Animal, Candy, the Von Zipper Gang, for pity's sake? And, what was with Pee Wee Herman??? While the beach movies were made long before I was born, I still grew up watching them on the old movie channels and loved them. This I thought would be great, a "what happened to?". It, however, was a severe disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    RAD MOVIE!

    I was sitting at my girlfriend's house, when I heard that ''Back To The Beach'' would be on. I thought, ''Cool!'' Then my mind screamed ''HELLO?'' I had my video tape there,cause I wanted to record somthing the day before, but the channel was not available. So, I set up the tape, etc and coppied a movie that since that day 7-5-02, I have not sceen that rad hit movie in a long time, but I do havethe sound tracK! Its funny, that was before Lori was on Full House!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Back to being funny

    This movie is highly recomended. It is very funny and entertaining. If it was not I would not have seen it over 500 times!!! The acting is great, and The one-liners are a scream!!!

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