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Gidget (1959)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No critic reviews yet...

Release Date: Jan 1, 1959 Wide


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 6,680


Movie Info

Based on a novel by Frederick Kohner, spunky, young Francie (Sandra Dee) has been endowed with the nickname "Gidget" (short for girl midget) and fears that she'll never capture the attention of the fellows at the beach. However, when she befriends surfers Moondoggie (James Darren) and Kahoona (Cliff Robertson), she develops a huge crush on the two older men that could lead to romance or disappointment.

Romance , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Gabrielle Upton
In Theaters:
Aug 3, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Gidget

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (5) | DVD (6)

It's interesting in how very dated it has become, but all of that interest is extra-textual.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

A sincere and perceptive coming-of-age teen film.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Look her, she's Sandra Dee! Innocent enough '50s romantic comedy doings.

June 12, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

the clueless parents provide that Golden Age anchor to the piece that rings disquieting in the face of all the real wolves their Gidget is facing alone in the pathless wood.

Full Review… | November 18, 2004
Film Freak Central

A must-see artifact and lots of fun.

April 30, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for Gidget

This movie was the beginning of the surfing movie trend of the 60s, I think, and a classic teen film. It's not a great movie, but I liked it anyway.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

a real bit of you-had-to-have-been-there americana...the earnest yet perky late sandra dee (doris day, only younger), old school hunky-w/o-the-steroids james darren, and cliff robertson as the big kahuna (yep, this is where that expression enters the american lexicon, baby!), together again for the first time in the 1960's first coming of age beach story starring and starting america's dream infatuation with the girl/midget

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

A very innocent and cute film. I'm not a surfer nor do I want to be so theirs not much I can say about this one. Except for how good it was in every aspect of film making. The writing was okay. Their was nothing special or something that would stick in your head. The story itself is a good one. It's mostly about acceptance and coming of age. So if your a young girl that likes to surf, watch this. It would probably be one of your favorites. The directing was not special. It was okay, it did a good job on capturing the visual beauty of the ocean but that's about it. The acting was decent. Once again, nothing too special but it's not like the acting had you crying. Their was a real cuteness to the acting style present in this film. The production values have to be the best part. Very well put together. Overall, this film is visually beautiful with a cuteness atmosphere. You could literally catch some waves on it. I would recommend this film to people that like stunning classics.

Eduardo Tobias
Eduardo Tobias

Super Reviewer

Good ol' fashion presque-60s superfun. You have to love Sandra Dee, she's the absolute ultimate. It's not an amazing movie but it's a classic. Apparently it's the film the kick started the surf movie craze. What's the best part in the film is twice when James Darren, or "Moondoggie", busts into the Gidget theme song, which is just the misogynist cherry stuck on the top of the 'traditional values' sunday of this movie. "She may not be king sized but her finger still ring sized/ Gidget is the one for me."

Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

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