Back to the Beach 1987 PG CC

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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.

Starring:
Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

Back to the Beach

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Product Details

Genres Musical, Comedy
Director Lyndall Hobbs
Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Supporting actors Lori Loughlin, Tommy Hinkley, Demian Slade, Connie Stevens, Joe Holland, John Calvin, David Bowe, Laura Urstein, Linda Carol, Marjorie Gross, Hartley Silver, Alan Barry, Thomas David Parker, Todd Bryant, Floyd Foster Jr., Emil McKown, Jon Paul Jones, Eddie Vail
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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One great movie one to cherish.
the 64/28Sept20Feb27
I watched this as a young child and I still enjoy this movie to this day!
Stephen D. Pirillo
I can think of other movies that do the same.
John T. Turner

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Clarke on October 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Andrews on October 3, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William A. Smith on October 27, 2005
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Adams on September 13, 2004
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OILMAN on June 30, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on March 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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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