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Shag (1989)

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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:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
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Runtime:
Studio:
HBO Video

Cast

Phoebe Cates
as Carson McBride
Scott Coffey
as Chip Guillyard
Bridget Fonda
as Melaina Buller
Annabeth Gish
as Caroline "Pudge" Carmichael
Page Hannah
as Luanne Clatterbuck
Robert Rusler
as Buzz Ravenel
Tyrone Power III
as Harley Ralston
Jeff Yagher
as Jimmy Valentine
Jim Kelly Jr.
as Big Dan and the Sand Dollars Member
John Lewis Jr.
as Big Dan and the Sand Dollars Member
Joey A. McGroarty
as Reverend Buller
Douglas Smith
as Big Dan and the Sand Dollars Member
Paul Lieber
as Manager
Donald Craig
as Senator Clatterbuck
Shirley Ann Field
as Mrs. Clatterbuck
Jay Baker
as Big Bob
Joe Seely
as Creep
Pearl Jones
as Elvira
Bonnie Cook
as Mrs. Carmichael
Janelle Cochrane
as Mrs. McBride
Walker Owens
as Young Man
Ezra Sutton
as Gator Boy
Elliott Phillips
as Turkey Sandwich
Linda Weatherly Wellman
as Bathing Beauty
Lise Lang
as Car Hop
Jane Aiken
as Ettie Stroos
Robert Nelson Jacobs
as Jack Stroos
Garry Goins
as "Big Dan and the Sand Dollars" Band
Lawrence Whitaker
as "Big Dan and the Sand Dollars" Band
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Critic Reviews for Shag

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

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
Variety
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

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
BrianOrndorf.com

The performers are uniformly attractive and energetic, and deliver performances that range from likable to delicious.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Shag

½

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
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

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
Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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