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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

Annette Funicello , Dwayne Hickman , William Asher  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Brian Donlevy, Harvey Lembeck, Beverly Adams
  • Directors: William Asher
  • Writers: William Asher, Leo Townsend
  • Producers: Anthony Carras, James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: 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 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792844025
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" on IMDb

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  • Collectible Trivia Booklet

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(2000/MGM) NTSC, Code 0, English, Standard & Widescreen version, color, 1965. 93 Mins. Guests: Buster Keaton & Mickey Rooney. great fun - special price while stock last - Sonderpreis

"It ain't nothin' without the stuffin'!" That's what all the groovy beach partyers say when a phantom bikini appears out of nowhere, and suddenly fills out its two-piece form with the voluptuous body of Cassandra (Beverly Adams), who soon has all the beach-hunks drooling. Along comes Madison Avenue adman "Peachy" Keane (Mickey Rooney) to recruit Cassandra for his "Girl Next Door" ad campaign, while his assistant Ricky (Dwayne Hickman) gets all googly-eyed for Dee Dee (Annette Funicello), who's not as easy as the other sand 'n' surf chickie-babies. And where's Frankie (Avalon)? He's on a tropical island with the navy reserve, sampling the comely native fauna and bribing the local medicine man Bwana (played by... Buster Keaton?!) with generous doses of alcoholic "torpedo juice" in return for a failsafe love potion. Oh, and did we mention the cross-country cycle race that will determine who's the fairest young couple in the land?

The sixth installment of the seemingly endless Beach Party series, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a minor step up from Gilligan's Island, but you've got to love a movie that includes a mischievous pelican, an appearance by the Kingsmen (of "Louie Louie" fame), and a half-dozen forgettable pop songs that virtually define the beach-party genre. Comedy purists may lament the downward spiral of Buster Keaton's career, but he's just having good, dumb fun like everyone else, and geographic distance doesn't stop Frankie and Annette from crooning a split-screen duet. And dig those clay-animated opening credits by Gumby creator Art Clokey! Let's face it, these movies are perfect time capsules of juvenile entertainment, and if you can't enjoy them in all their cheesy glory, you're nothin' but a square! --Jeff Shannon

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so entry into the series September 27, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI was one of the last 'Beach Party' films to be released (and it was Annette Funicello's last appearance as Dee Dee). The fatigue is evident in this average - but no less enjoyable - outing.
Frankie (Frankie Avalon) is serving his time in the Navy, and worried that some guy back home will steal Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) away from him. A grumpy old witchdoctor (Buster Keaton) conjures up the stunning red-headed Cassandra (Beverly Adams) to distract every self-respecting male on the Malibu Beach! However, down-to-earth Ricky (Dwayne Hickman) is immune to Cassandra's charms, and slowly starts courting Dee Dee...
Then, the dumb-as-sticks Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and his "Rats" come back into town, to teach the others a thing or two...
There are great cameo roles by Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy and Bobbi Shaw (repeating her role as Buster Keaton's dizzy sidekick).
Annette Funicello was heavily pregnant with her first child at the time of making what was to be her last 'Beach Party' film. She wears obviously-baggy ponchos and blouses to cover up. You will also notice that she NEVER wears an actual swimsuit on the beach!!
Also starring John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Patti Chandler and Mary Hughes.
The DVD includes both full-frame and widescreen versions of the film as well as the trailer and a trivia booklet. (Double-sided, single-layer disc).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankie And Annette And Samantha from Bewitched June 29, 2004
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The Best scenes are Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello singing a song together and there is a good scene with Elizabeth Montgomery in her role of Samantha from Bewitched sending Frankie home to Annette who plays Dee Dee and also Annette singing songs.Although Frankie isn't in many scenes with Annette since his character is away he is in the story and Frankie does come home to Annette.If you like Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Elizabeth Montgomery and Bewitched then you would enjoy this.The scene with Elizabeth Montgomery in her role of Samantha from Bewitched makes this film more fun.Frankie and Annette are always good together and though they don't have many scenes together in the film it is a good film and they do have scenes together later in the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come on February 20, 2005
A Kid's Review
I loved this movie.It was hillarous and great.Meet the characters-DeeDee,Frankie,the witch doctor and meet his daughter,Eric Bon Zipper,his gang,Peachy,Casondra,and the big beach party gang.Watch it and enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Stuff February 5, 2003
Frankie Avalon was growing tired of the beach movies, and only agreed to appear in this film if he could get a starring vehicle of his own. In this movie, Frankie is a member of the naval reserve and stationed on a tropical island, thus limiting his screen time. Dwyane Hickman (Ricky) ably serves as a new love interest for Annette Funicello (Dee Dee). Their scenes together were reminiscent of the first beach movie, when boy meets girl, boy wants girl, but the girl is playing hard to get. Beverly Adams is the voluptuous redhead Cassandra, filling out the wild bikini very nicely, who magically appears to keep Ricky away from Dee Dee. Mickey Rooney is hilarious as Peachy Keane, the ad executive who wants to hire Cassandra to be the girl next door and to be Ricky's partner for their sponsored motorcycle race. The only problems are that Ricky wants Dee Dee to join him, and Cassandra is nervous and very clumsy around Ricky. However, there is a cyclist she feels very comfortable with.

She takes a shine to Eric Von Zipper, played to perfection by Harvey Lembeck. He is an expert cyclist from his years of being the leader of the Rat Pack. He is more than happy to keep Cassandra away from Ricky and the bad influence of "them beach bums." When Dee Dee finds out that Frankie is playing around with a native girl, she decides to join Ricky for the motorcycle race. Since Cassandra has signed a contract with the ad agency, it's decided to pair her with Eric Von Zipper. Peachy decides that an image makeover is necessary. Thus, Eric trades in his leather outfit and chains for a gray business suit! This entry in the beach movie series shows off Eric Von Zipper to best effect. Despite the Rat Pack's best efforts at sabotage, Ricky and Dee Dee end up winning the motorcycle race.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beach Blanket Bingo October 16, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
And yet another chapter in the sunny adventures of Frankie and Dee Dee. This one has Frankie going off to war, and no. . . he won't be riding the waves while in combat. Actually, that wouldn't be too far-fetched for these beach movie spoofs. But alas, in all seriousness Frankie has a bigger problem than trying to find the perfect camouflage swim trunks to take with him. What will he do while apart from his favorite beach bunny? And will Dee Dee be faithful amongst all those suntanned surfers and Dwayne?! Of course! There's only one way to ensure that she remembers him until his tanless self returns: hire a witch-doctor to keep her under his thumb and away from. . . well you know who. The legendary comic Buster Keaton plays the witch-doctor in tow with a sea beauty, Cassandra, who not only captivates Dwayne (hurray for Frankie!), but also manages to captivate every other male as well. It turns out that Frankie's plan works. . . Dee Dee does remain faithful, but whether or not she will be happy to see him when he returns is a different story. Would you be happy if your best guy ruined your summer with his jealous antics? It becomes a blundering mess when all the attention is on the siren Cassandra, and yes, even the feared motorcycle gang joins in on Frankie's soiled plan. These movies may be silly, but who cares? I still find them to be very amusing and lighthearted! Although many of you will think they are too cheesy and inept, I still give this one a double-bubble rating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
This is a old classic movie from the 1960's, one of Disney beach movies and this show has a different twist to it.
Published 21 months ago by Joseph R. Seals
4.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO STUFF A TEEN MOVIE
I was IN this movie, as an extra. I was one of the kids on the beach in the background, and in the beach dancing scenes. Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by D. J. Long
1.0 out of 5 stars This Makes Elvis Movies Look Good
What's amazing to me was how little actually went into these Beach Party movies. If you stacked them all up--and to answer the drill sergeant's question from FULL METAL JACKET,... Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by The JuRK
1.0 out of 5 stars It sucks
Quite possibly the worst movie i've ever seen. The effects are worse than any Loony Tunes, the plot more contrived and the comedy one tenth as good. Read more
Published on January 10, 2006 by Grammrsnob
5.0 out of 5 stars How To Stuff A Wild Bikini Is Bikinitastic!
Annette, and Frankie are yet back again. In the '65 Teen Flick How To Stuff A Wild Bikini. While Frankie is off in the navy, he enlists the help of a wise witch doctor (Keaton) to... Read more
Published on August 8, 2005 by Chris
2.0 out of 5 stars Like a Disney film directed by Andy Sidaris.
Too silly. Too leering.
Even more hackneyed than others. Bad songs. Little cleverness.
A supporting cast of lesser interest, to me anyway. Read more
Published on June 24, 2003 by Andrew R. Oerman
2.0 out of 5 stars Like a Walt Disney film directed by Andy Sidaris.
All very silly and naive, but as leering *in tone* as just about anything you'll find. The movie opens on a close-up of a girl's navel, and soon a group of boys are singing a song... Read more
Published on March 13, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars How the mighty have fallen
There's no greater indication of how Hollywood squanders its own talents once they cease fitting the right demographic than to watch Buster Keaton in this sorry spectacle. Read more
Published on January 8, 2001
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