Shag (1989)




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Movie Info

In the summer of '63, four pretty girls spend a wild weekend partying in Myrtle Beach before they part company. One is getting married, two are off to college, and one is leaving town.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lanier Laney, Terry Sweeney, Robin Swicord
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On DVD: May 22, 2001
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as Carson McBride

as Chip Guillyard

as Melaina Buller

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as Luanne Clatterbuck

as Buzz Ravenel

as Harley Ralston

as Harley Ralston

as Jimmy Valentine

as Big Dan and the Sand...

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as Reverend Buller

as Big Dan and the Sand...

as Manager

as Senator Clatterbuck

as Mrs. Clatterbuck

as Big Bob

as Creep

as Mrs. Carmichael

as Mrs. McBride

as Young Man

as Gator Boy

as Turkey Sandwich

as Car Hop

as Ettie Stroos

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as Dying Cockroach

as Mrs. Carmichael
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Critic Reviews for Shag

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

As a dance flick, Shag suffers from an unexciting dance-style and so-so choreography but compensates with a fine young cast and likable story.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
Top Critic

There's a real kick to it.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The actors in Shag are some of the best of the younger generation in Hollywood, and they treat their material with the humor and delicacy it deserves.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The picture is heartfelt and naive in ways that seem totally secondhand.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Never works itself into a suitable dramatic lather, instead relying on a wistful party atmosphere to conjure smiles from the viewer, buttered with a few dance sequences that lend the picture some liveliness.

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for Shag

Another nostalgic 60s movie from the 80s, a trend in that decade. It's a predictable teen romance kind of movie, but it's fun and the actors are good.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


With all the talk in recent years about women-centered raunchy comedies finally finding support and going into production, I was surprised to see this film from the 80s on tv awhile back. It's a little like American Graffiti and a little like Porky's with the focus on four young ladies played by Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish, and Page Hannah. The nostalgic 60s are believably recreated. The title of course has a double meaning, but primarily and innocently refers to a dance of the time. The music is fun. All the actors find a way to get beyond the stereotypes and one-dimensionality inherent in teen flicks like this.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Typical sappy girl flick with the blonde, brunette and redheaded gals that want to have fun in sunny Myrtle Beach! Set in the 60's, a fun movie, with awesome music from the olden days. :)

Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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