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Muscle Beach Party/Ski Party (1965)

Frankie Avalon , Annette Funicello , Alan Rafkin , William Asher  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, William Asher
  • Writers: William Asher, Robert Dillon, Robert Kaufman
  • Producers: Gene Corman, James H. Nicholson, Robert Dillon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008973I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Muscle Beach Party/Ski Party" on IMDb

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The second film in the Beach Party series returns Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello to the land of endless summer and back-projection surfing. It's as giddy as the first movie. Two inane subplots are added: Frankie is wooed by a wealthy bombshell (knockout Luciana Paluzzi), and Don Rickles trains a team of bodybuilders. The usual Beach Party trademarks are in place, including real surfing footage (much improved from the first film), Candy Johnson's shimmy dancing, and Annette's modified bikini with mesh-covered cleavage. Music is provided by Dick Dale and a rockin' Little Stevie Wonder, with most of the songs penned by a triumvirate of surf-music royalty: Brian Wilson, Roger Christian, and Gary Usher. As Frankie says, "Now you swing with me on that, or you don't swing at all." We swing.

Ski Party transfers the Beach Party vibe to snow, with a Some Like it Hot ripoff thrown in. Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman go in drag to discover what girls really want, but Deborah Walley and Yvonne Craig put them in the deep freeze. It's surprisingly fun, with deranged musical appearances by James Brown and Lesley Gore. The outdoor stuff was filmed at Sun Valley. Annette Funicello cameos as a sex-ed instructor. --Robert Horton

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The second film in the Beach Party series returns Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello to the land of endless summer and back-projection surfing. It's as giddy as the first movie. Two inane subplots are added: Frankie is wooed by a wealthy bombshe

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Party Hearty! July 30, 2003
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Side A of the DVD contains "Muscle Beach Party." Frankie, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) and the gang uneasily share the beach with a group of musclemen and their trainer, Jack Fanny (Don Rickles). The muscle men are the natural enemies of the surfers, taking the place of Eric Von Zipper and the Rat Pack, who are sorely missed in this movie. The recently deceased Buddy Hackett is especially funny as the guardian of the rich Italian countess, played by the beautiful Lucianna Paluzzi. At first, the countess only has eyes for Flex Martian, played by Rock Stevens (actually, it's Peter Lupus of Mission Impossible fame). After she meets Frankie and hears him sing, she falls head over heels in love with him. Recording him live at Cappy's nightclub, backed by Dick Dale and the Del Tones, she's determined to release the record and make him an international singing star. The countess almost persuades Frankie to board her yacht and sail around the world with her, when Frankie realizes that Dee Dee is his one true love. Flex and the muscle men follow them to the nightclub and, in order to win over the countess, they duke it out with the surfers. Jack Fanny eggs on the fight, while Cappy (Morey Amsterdam) watches his nightclub get wrecked. Flex's father, played by the great Peter Lorre, comes in and breaks up the fight. The countess says good-bye and sails the seas in search of true love, while Frankie and Dee Dee go on to make more beach movies. Little Stevie Wonder makes his movie debut, performing a song at the nightclub and singing a song during the closing credits.

Side B of the DVD contains "Ski Party," marking the official release of this movie.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the beach movies February 24, 2003
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I was shocked to find out Ski Party would be released on DVD. It wasn't even released on video, for crying out loud. But here it is. Fun in the sun turns to the slopes with great songs, funny moments, and witty dialogue mixed in with childish nonsense that you can expect from all beach movies. The Rats aren't in this movie, and "Freddy" (who was Bobby in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini) is the best and sharpest beach movie bad guy out of all of em. Robert Q. Lewis, the old timey game show host, plays a fun supporting role in the picture.
You get to see Deborah Walley looking pretty hot (much better looking than she was in Elvis' Spinout), Yvonne Craig and that drop dead gorgeous body (she has no rythm whatsoever), and James Brown dancing to "I Feel Good". That dude can move!
Leslie Gore gets one scene in this movie, singing "Sunshine, Lolipops and Rainbows".
Again, musically this might be the best movie of the bunch (I think it narrowly beats out Beach Blanket Bingo). This movie also has the best flow of any of the beach movies...there are no real parts in the movie that are so embarrassing that you need to fast forward, unlike many of the other beach movies.
Pajama Party is the second best, and Beach Blanket Bingo is third. Ski Party is definitely the best beach movie AI made, and definitely needs to be in your collection. Lots of fun.
Muscle Beach Party is a bonus. Buy the DVD for Ski Party.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MGM Midnite Movies is the perfect forum for fun July 20, 2005
Doubling-up the B-movie madness on a flip-disc, the Midnite Movies format gets applause for combining two otherwise slight pictures together for one terrific package(I never would have bought "Ski Party" all by itself, so it's a chance for people to see movies they wouldn't normally bother with). Of course, Frankie-and-Annette fans are the main target here and both stars are terrific. "Muscle Beach Party" features dozens of musclebound guys in tight hot-pink trunks(lordy, those bathing briefs were BRIEF & TIGHT back then!)and some of the teen-angst between the leads is surprisingly undated and truthful. "Ski Party" has the brains of a snowball, but it does feature some good music acts and Annette as a sex-ed teacher, which is worth a viewing all by itself! More, Midnite Movies!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not without a RING, you don't! August 19, 2005
Let's begin with some ground rules: Annette Funicello, America's Sweetheart, is beloved by all, but especially me. Lest anyone construe any remark made by me as "criticism", and then decide to chime in with their own digs at Ms. Funicello, rest assured this will result in being punched in the face, by me. So, on we go.

"Muscle Beach Party" is the second installment in the wildly popular "Beach" series of movies of the 1960's, each one made for about five dollars by director William "Bud" Asher, creator of such fine television shows as "Return to Green Acres" and "I Dream of Jeanie: 15 Years Later". As in the first film, "Beach Party", Frankie Avalon is "Frankie" and Annette Funicello is "Dee Dee", young lovers who enjoy nothing as much as a good surf weekend.

The movie opens with Frankie and Dee Dee leading a caravan of jalopies piled high with middle-aged Hollywood extras playing teenagers on their way to the ocean for some sun, sand and surfing. No sooner do they arrive than Dee Dee starts harping on Frankie for not having any ambition in life other than surfing. At the beginning of their SURFING VACATION.

In the first shocking twist, the boys and girls are all sleeping together in the SAME HOUSE. Luckily, sensible Dee Dee is armed with a clothesline and an antique quilt, to block off the "girls area" (which is tastefully provided with frilly curtains and soft lighting) from the "boys area" (which looks like a sub-saharan mud shack). A couple of the "faster" girls bristle at Dee Dee's prudishness and try to sneak over to the boys' side, only to find that ALL the boys have already fallen asleep! Ha ha, aren't boys stupid?
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5.0 out of 5 stars PARTY
Published 17 months ago by A ANDERSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Beach
I love this old movies they are funny and the songs are great I love it I would recommend this movie
Published 19 months ago by Jomaira Montalvo
2.0 out of 5 stars Before the 60s turned to the dark side there was Frankie and Annette!!
MUSCLE BEACH PARTY (1964) Directed by William Asher.

Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi,
Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, Morey Amsterdam,... Read more
Published on November 19, 2011 by The Mysterious Traveler
4.0 out of 5 stars Muscle Beach Revew
This movie was filmed when there were very little steroids available to bodybuilders, so they were really well built men, rather than the super freaks they have morphed into today. Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by Mark Orman
1.0 out of 5 stars SLAY RIDE
Ski Party is probably the worst movie ever shown on A.M.C. This 4:30 a.m. stinker has no budget, no plot, no acting; just gall and nostalgia. Read more
Published on October 10, 2007 by J J BAGS
4.0 out of 5 stars More 1960's Fun In The Sun (And Snow) With Frankie And Annette
While I'm the first to admit that the Beach Party films in general would never be contenders for any Academy Awards I can't help but love their breathless innocence, catchy songs,... Read more
Published on February 17, 2007 by Simon Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Jack Fanny
This movie is a classic. Good clean fun. A corny movie to be sure but that's part of its charm.

The array of stars is great - Frankie and Annette (of course), Don... Read more
Published on March 10, 2006 by J. Yorton
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this dvd for Ski Party...
I bought this double-sided dvd just to get Ski Party. Until this dvd was released, Ski Party was not available on home video. Read more
Published on October 1, 2005 by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beach Party/Ski Party What More Could You Want ?
Frankie Avalon and Annette are back in the 2nd Beach Movie: Muscle Beach Party. A young heiress, comes to the beachs in search of the hunk, Mr. Universe. Read more
Published on August 8, 2005 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you like Frankie Avalon
The best scenes in the Beach Party sequel are with Frankie Avalon singing the song "A Boy Needs A Girl" and Annette singing the song "A Girl Needs A Boy". Read more
Published on June 26, 2004
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