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Back to the Beach

4.4 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews

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Is Back to the Beach a masterpiece of postmodernism? Or just a slaphappy hoot? Hey, why can't it be both? Either way, this is a zippy tribute to/spoof of the 1960s Beach Party pictures. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, landlocked in the Midwest since their surfing days, return to the California sun with their wild kids. There are mucho gags about the earlier films (including Frankie on a surfboard in front of a cheesy rear-projection wave), and cameos (much of the Leave It to Beaver cast, surf-guitar king Dick Dale). Pee-wee Herman sails in to perform "Surfin' Bird," and Annette teaches a thousand people "The Jamaican Ska." All that's missing is Erich von Zipper. This is a genuinely smart and funny movie, although it helps to know the original films, so you can savor the moment a beach boy gazes at Annette and marvels, "After all that surfing, her hair's perfectly dry!" --Robert Horton

From the Back Cover

Cowabunga! The surfing '60s ride into the new wave as Frankie and Annette star in this hip update of their old-time, good-time beach movies. With special appearances by Bob Denver, Tony Dow, Pee-Wee Herman, Jerry Mathers and other familiar faces.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Lori Loughlin, Tommy Hinkley, Demian Slade
  • Directors: Lyndall Hobbs
  • Writers: Bill Norton, Bruce Kirschbaum, Chris Thompson, James Komack, Lou Rusoff
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001O3W3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Back to the Beach" on IMDb

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Annette Funicello said in an interview that she had already begun experiencing the symptoms of MS when this last Beach movie was made. She didn't have much of a career after these movies. Annette always embodied the spirit of the decent, all-American girl. The only thing you can do for Annette now is to buy all of her movies and insist that a portion of the purchase price go toward finding a cure for MS and ALS. That would be a fitting tribute.
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Can't wait for the DVD to arrive!
It's amazing how some people just can't see the humour in this totally insane parody of the early Beach movies.
However, both Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello -- and Connie Stevens for that matter -- seem to enjoy sending up their earlier screen personas, and this movie is wildly enjoyable as long as you don't expect anything more than a totally mad, insane parody of a genre.
The director of this movie is an Australian, which probably helps explain the nature of the comedy content. I'm Australian, which helps!
But ignore the 'one-star, worst film ever made' type of reviews, and give this a chance -- it is MEANT to be an over-the-top cheesy take-off, and if you enjoy absurdity, you'll love it.
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For anyone who has sat through the mindless Frankie and Annette beach movies this is a real treat! In retrospect, the original movies are fun time capsules of the early sixties and this film trashes them all. Frankie and Annette are back as a married couple with children returning to their old beach for a vacation. The plot is the same lame one used in every beach movie (surfers vs. punks, jealous girlfriends, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, etc...) and there are numerous cameos throughout the film (Alan Hale, Bob Denver, the Cleavers, Peewee Herman, and many others). Connie Stevens is Great, and everyone looks like they had a blast making this film. Anyone who has any love for the old beach movies will really enjoy the self-parody of "Back to the Beach".
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I love this movie. I wasn't even born when most of the originally beach movies were made. I found this gem when it became available for rental. I loved it. I loved the music and the feel of the movie. I laughed and laughed. Just a really feel good movie. It's not Shakespear, but I loved it.
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THE FIRST TIME I EVER SAW ONE OF THESE BEACH PARTY MOVIES WAS IN VIETNAM IN 1965. AND I MUST SAY THAT IT MADE ALL THE BAD THINGS GOING ON GO AWAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE, SO HERE ALMOST 40 YEARS LATER ITS NICE TO BE NOSTALGIC AND SEE HOW MUCH FUN US BABY BOOMERS USE TO HAVE....IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THIS MOVIE AS OF YET BUY IT CRANK UP YOUR DVD PLAYER ...MAKE SOME POPCORN AND BE PREPARED FOR SOME VERY CATCHY MUSIC AND SOME SMILES..
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By L. Adams on September 13, 2004
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I love this movie. I have since I was a liitle girl. I watched it at every slumber party. I love it. do you worry about tomorrow> Will it be as good as yesterday? I just look in your direction. And I'm glad for what we have today.

Don't listen to people who say it is corny. It is a great movie. I love the cast everyone is great.
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Gosh, I love this movie. It was my personal candidate for movie of the year when it came out in 1987. If postmodernism--nicely described by Umberto Eco as the "ironic discovery of the past" or words to that effect--can be absolute pure unadulterated pleasure, this is it. The underlying concept--that the Franklie / Annette beach had not changed an iota since they left--has to be one of the great pop movie ideas of all time. The whole film is beyond criticism--everyone is, quite simply, perfection.

For a really, shall we say, enjoyable double feature, couple this with Psycho Beach Party.
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This movie is important in two retrospects....first, it's one of the funniest 80's movies and two, it features a flawless heroic performance by Annette. Connie Stevens is a delight too as Frankie's old flame....The best song here is Jamaica Ska where Annette shows she could still move with the best of them! Come on everybody...let's Do the Bird!
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