Muscle Beach Party 1964 G CC

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A wealthy Italian countess descends on the beach to ensnare Flex Martian, winner of a Mr. Galaxy contest. But when she transfers her affections to Frankie Avalon, Annette is disgusted and war is ignited between the muscles and the surfers. Music, dancing and surfing on the beaches of California.

Starring:
Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Musical, Comedy
Director William Asher
Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Supporting actors Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Peter Turgeon, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale, Candy Johnson, Peter Lupus, Valora Noland, Delores Wells, Donna Loren, Morey Amsterdam, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Bob Seven, Larry Scott, Steve Merjanian, Chester Yorton
Studio MGM
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By jeast1@webtv.net on July 22, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
If you like to see Bodyuilders from years gone by then this tape is right up your alley! See a young Larry Scott (the first Mr. Olympia) flex and pose his Beautiful, Golden body along with about a dozen other hunky Muscle Men. You won't be disappointed when the Beefy Lads come out on the beach and drop the capes they were wearing, exposing their marvelous physiques. Swoon! I first saw this as a kid and it had a MAJOR impact on my young phsyche - I've had a huge crush on Bodybuilders ever since. Let this movie work it's magic on you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hartsfeld on January 1, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Muscle Beach Party" is the sharpest and funniest of the "Beach Party" movies. And it's the least dumb. That's saying a lot, really!
The supporting cast is unbeatable--Buddy Hackett, Don Rickles, Peter Lupus (billed as Rock Stevens), Morey Amsterdam, and a last-minute appearance by Peter Lorre (as Lupus' father!).
These were the first screen appearances of Stevie Wonder, who steals the musical portion of the flick, and Lupus, who is quite good as the ego-centered Flex Martian, chief muscleman in Rickles' stable. Why this movie works so well is a mystery, but it does. You could spend your money less wisely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on February 21, 2015
Format: Blu-ray
While the movie itself is nowhere near worthy of a 5-Star rating, this brand new Blu-Ray release from Olive Films deserves it based on video/audio improvements. I recorded this off the late show in 1989, bought the official VHS in the 1990s and the MGM Midnight Movies DVD in 2004 but THIS is the copy to own for true fans of this film with crystal clear audio and eye-popping colors. The night scenes are most improved with much more detail and better lighting. **NOTE** See the screen grab comparisons I posted in this review. They do not do this release justice.

For me, the real draw here isn't Frankie or Annette, but watching Candy Johnson frug up a frenzy in an early scene on the beach and over the closing credits theme sung by Stevie Wonder; and seeing Mr. Peter Lupus [credited here as Rock Stevens] in all his muscled glory. Though he's not as ripped as some of the other competitive body builders that appear in Don Rickles' stable of beefcake, as his character himself states, Lupus' character Flex Martian is "the biggest, the strongest, the handsomest". I wholeheartedly concur!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitney VINE VOICE on October 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
While I wouldn't consider myself a Frankie & Annette fan, I did order a copy of this movie. It has the kooky fun of a 60's beach flick complete with dancing, singing and some madcap adventures, but I wanted the movie for 2 other reasons. 1) I wanted to get a copy of the big screen debut of 'Little' Stevie Wonder which is a rockin' performance with Dick Dale & the Del Tones. It's fun to see Stevie doing his thing in front of the band, instead of crooning behind a piano. 2) Candy Johnson. You may remember her as the gal who was shaking & quaking with outfits covered in tassles. If Carol Burnett was a go-go dancer, this would be her.
This is a fun movie that makes you yearn for simpler times before the world got so jaded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ItReviewsEverything on May 25, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Muscle Beach Party is one of the more forgettable entries in the Beach Party saga, but it is possibly the best in terms of sheer quality. Like all the other films, it is about the same band of kids going to the beach for the summer, but the side story (of the Italian heiress trying to pluck out Frankie and make him a star) is actually pretty interesting. There is also the funny backdrop of the muscle men who have set up camp along the beach, resulting in a very entertaining fight scene at the end.

We also get the standard Frankie-Annette bickering that we have come to expect, and love, from these series. I love them so much because they often argue about whether or not to get married and, over the course of many movies and many years, we don't see them tie the knot - they are a modern couple and don't jump to get married like many young people did prior to the 1960s.

In addition to the expected Beach Party fare, the temptation Frankie faces is rather compelling. As an audience, we of course know he's a talented singer, so the Italian temptress offering him a career as a pop singer is weirdly meta and it's fun to see everyone's reactions. Frankie's friends rebuke him for his choices, with his friend Johnny spitting that "golden surfboards tend to sink." What?

There's also a hilarious visual gag of a beach gal, Candy, dancing and making the surfer boys fall off their surfboards with every sway of her hips. This comes in handy at the end, as it sends muscle men flying all over the cabana club and ensures a victory for the scrawnier beach fellas.

This all probably sounds insane if you aren't a Beach Party fan, but all this crazy narrative makes sense within the Beach Party universe, and especially within this film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1998
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is reissue of the original LP soundtrack from the movie of the same title. The track listing is as follows:
(1) Muscle Beach Party (2) A Girl Needs A Boy (3) Surfer's Holiday (4) I Dream About Frankie (5) Muscle Bustle (6) Merlin Jones (7) Custom City (8) Draggin' U.S.A. (9) Reble Rider (10) Waikiki (11) Shut Down Again (12) The Scrambled Egghead
All songs are in flawless true stereo suggesting they came from the master tapes. This is a Japanese Import. Unless on hand by the dealer, it could take a while to get but is still available as of September 98.
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