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Back to the Beach
     

Back to the Beach

3.0 3
Director: Lyndall Hobbs

Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Connie Stevens

 

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Packed with cameos from the likes of Bob Denver, Pee-Wee Herman, and Dick Dale, the 1987 comedy-musical Back to the Beach stars Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon as a pair of '50s-era cool kids who return to their old stomping grounds years after they'd grown up and started a suburban family. Threatened by a surly surfer gang, Avalon must overcome his fears

Overview

Packed with cameos from the likes of Bob Denver, Pee-Wee Herman, and Dick Dale, the 1987 comedy-musical Back to the Beach stars Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon as a pair of '50s-era cool kids who return to their old stomping grounds years after they'd grown up and started a suburban family. Threatened by a surly surfer gang, Avalon must overcome his fears to compete in a surfing contest and save the beach. The film is presented on this DVD in widescreen with the original soundtrack available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and a dubbed French track in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles round out the bare-bones package.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0097363198048
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1Ssurround, English Dolby Surround, French Stereo; English subtitles

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 Bartender's Buddy (uncredited)
Tony Dow Judge #1 (uncredited)
Jerry Mathers Judge #2
Dick Dale Actor
Stevie Ray Vaughan Himself
Edward Byrnes Valet
Denise Chamian Actor
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Orenthal James Simpson Uncredited
Laura Urstein Robin
Linda Carol Bridgette
Hartley Silver Fl????man
Alan Barry Salesman
Thomas David Parker Salesman
Todd Bryant Webby
John Paul Jones Punk
Eddie Vail Surf Dude
Rodney Bingenheimer Himself
Rick Avery Surfers & Punks
Pat Banta Surfers & Punks
Geof Brewer Surfers & Punks
Steve Cooper Surfers & Punks
Dwayne McGee Surfers & Punks
A.J. Nay Surfers & Punks
Noon Orsatti Surfers & Punks
Barbara Billingsley Announcer
Fishbone Actor

Technical Credits
Lyndall Hobbs Director
Frankie Avalon Executive Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Steve Dorff Score Composer
Lori Eastside Choreography
David Finfer Editor
Annette Funicello Executive 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 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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hopeless Home Life [7:38]
2. We're Not In [5:39]
3. Sandi Lives on a Pier? [7:12]
4. Daddy-O's [5:31]
5. Bad Break-Ups [5:53]
6. Pajama Party [4:18]
7. Mountain's Place [4:49]
8. Beach Games [6:34]
9. Do the Ska [3:27]
10. A Little Schmoozing [6:06]
11. Sending a Signal [7:59]
12. Just About Even [4:03]
13. Humunga Cowabunga [2:07]
14. The Wrong Crowd [2:43]
15. Surf Off [3:54]
16. Kahuna [7:02]
17. The Big Finish [7:20]

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Back to the Beach 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!