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The Beach Boys: An American Band (1985)

A biography of the American rock band The Beach Boys, with interviews, concert footage and clips from movies and television shows they appeared in.

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Malcolm Leo

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Malcolm Leo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brian Wilson ... Himself
Dennis Wilson ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Wilson ... Himself
Mike Love ... Himself
Al Jardine ... Himself
Bruce Johnston ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Beach Boys ... Themselves
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Figueroa Bobby Figueroa ... Himself - drummer
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage)
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Herself
Paul McCartney ... Himself (archive footage)
Van Dyke Parks ... Himself
Banana Wilson Banana Wilson ... Beagle
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A biography of the American rock band The Beach Boys, with interviews, concert footage and clips from movies and television shows they appeared in. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Beach Boys: Amerika zenekara See more »

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Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)
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Mono
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Trivia

A couple of songs in the film, "Surf's Up" and "Fire" (aka. "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow") were recorded for the famous, unreleased "SMiLE" album which was supposed to be released in the summer of 1967. See more »

Goofs

The text at the end of the film says that Mike Love "still" practices transcendental meditation. Even though most fans know that he has always been very involved in TM, there is no other mention of TM in the entire film. (Perhaps this is an indication that there was a scene not included that does discuss Mike's involvement with TM.) See more »

Alternate Versions

The 25th Anniversary edition is cut down by 43 mins. from the original cut. See more »

Connections

Features American Graffiti (1973) See more »

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Good, But Could Have Been Better
24 March 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is a fairly decent documentary on probably one of the most influential bands in rock and roll. However, they do tend to gloss over most of the problems within the band. Many people know that Dennis Wilson was involved with Charles Manson but the film barely touches on that aspect. Also, it barely touches on the physical and mental abuse the Wilson brothers went through and how it affected them especially Brian and Dennis. However, listening to all those classic songs, especially those from the aborted "Smile" project, made this a good film for me.


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