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Gidget (1959)

Gidget (1959)





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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gabrielle Upton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Sandra Dee
as Gidget (Frances Lawr...
Cliff Robertson
as The Big Kahuna
James Darren
as Moondoggie
Arthur O'Connell
as Russell Lawrence
Mary LaRoche
as Dorothy Lawrence
Joby Baker
as Stinky
Tom Laughlin
as Lover Boy
Robert Ellis
as Hot Shot
Jo Morrow
as Mary Lou
Doug McClure
as Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe
as Lord Byron
The Four Preps
as Themselves
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Critic Reviews for Gidget

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | September 9, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
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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 V

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

Kevin M. Williams

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

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