Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story
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The decision to focus on the impact of Gidget over the past five decades was the smartest move the filmmakers made, because the actual story of how Kathy Kohner became Gidget takes less than a minute to tell. Fifteen-year-old Kohner was looking for a way of life and a group of people to fit in with. Going to Malibu and hooking up with the local surf scene was the answer. She became so enamored with the people, what they were doing, and the new lingo (words like "Bitchin!" and "Cowabunga!") she felt it was a story that needed to be told. Kathy started by writing it all down in her journals, one of which she reads from here. But she wanted to go bigger, to share her story with more people, so she went to her father, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Frederick Kohner (Gidget), who captured the story as she told it to him. The rest is the meat of this documentary.
Accidental Icon is not people gushing over Gidget for an hour. Sure, there's some of that, but these are real people and their stories resonate as such, with Gidget's friends admitting they resented the release of first the book and later the movie because each was one step away from the reality of what it meant (and still means, in many cases) to be a surfer.
Accidental Icon was shot on Mini-DV and includes Super 8 film stock, so the quality isn't the greatest.Read more ›
I gave this 5 stars, not because it is something I will watch many, many times--though I certainly will watch it again--but because it was very fun for me to see and remember times gone by, when growing up in America was a different experience than it is now.
Yes, Gidget (Kathy Kohner) was a real person. A nickname combining the words girl midget, Gidget was around fifteen years old when she started hanging around on the beaches of southern California in the fifties. She was feisty, a girl ahead of her time. She learned how to surf on those beaches at a time when girls were just eye candy, and just sat on the beach, watching their surfer boyfriends. She also kept everything that happened on that beach written in her diary. At some point she decided that her story needed to be shared, so she talked her screenplay writing father into penning her story, creating a sensation.
After the book became a best seller, the movies came calling. The first Gidget film was a smash success, but as most of the original surfer bums observed, it was the beginning of the end. What was once almost an exclusive club of serious surfers, became an overnight American sensation. Everyone wanted to try surfing, and the beaches became clogged with "surfing wannabe's".
The string of Gidget movies continued, along with a TV series and at one point a cartoon as well. Women around the world started to identify with Gidget's personality, a girl with lots of determination to do what she loved, no matter the consequences. The fifties male-dominated sport had become an activity for everyone equally.Read more ›
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I've always watched Sally Field's version of Gidget and 3 other of the Gidget movies. I've loved Sandra Dee... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debbie Allen
I didn't know that the Gidget that I grew up watching, came from a true story. It's a very interesting story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sherry O'Neal
The story of Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the real life woman that was the inspiration for the Gidget stories and movies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul Wiedorn
The film doesn't play. It skips, gets stuck and skips again. Really disappointed.Published 14 months ago by E. Ben-Sefer