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Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys (1990)

Dramatization looks at the tumultuous relationship that existed between rock group The Beach Boy's Brian and Dennis Wilson and their father, Murry. It also examines their struggles with drugs and alcohol.

Director:

Michael Switzer

Writers:

Steven Gaines (book), Charles Rosin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Greenwood ... Dennis Wilson
Greg Kean ... Brian Wilson
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Murry Wilson
Casey Sander ... Mike Love
Bo Foxworth ... Carl Wilson
Linda Dona ... Karen Lamm (as Linda Doná)
Laura Leigh Hughes ... Carole Wilson
Wendy Foxworth ... Marilyn Wilson (as Wendy Kaplan)
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... Audree Wilson
Andrew Myler Andrew Myler ... Al Jardine
William Jones William Jones ... Bill (as J. Bill Jones)
Billy Vera Billy Vera ... Sal
Robert Lee ... Bruce Johnston (as Robert E. Lee)
Maya Lebenzon Maya Lebenzon ... Crystal
Kelly Bratten Kelly Bratten ... Tinda
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This biopic chronicles the continuing saga of the Beach Boys from 1961 to 1985. Mainly focuses on the Beach Boys resident wildman Dennis Wilson and in a slightly less capacity big brother Brian Wilson. Written by Paul Cartwright <cartwrit@vianet.net.au>

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The true-life story of America's premier super-group.

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes and Villains See more »

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Leonard Hill Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene that amalgamates the story of the recording of Pet Sounds and Smile, Brian Wilson suggests to Mike Love that if he doesn't like the music then he can "collaborate with Pop on The Many Moods of Murry Wilson." The Many Moods of Murry Wilson was an album of schmaltzy instrumentals that the Wilson Brothers' father released in 1967, which includes two instrumentals written by Murry's plumber friend, a remake of The Beach Boys' "The Warmth of The Sun," and Beach Boy Al Jardine's "Italia," among others. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Dennis Wilson is shown fully-clothed and disoriented as he walks from the street to the dock before stumbling into the water at the marina and drowning. In reality, the day he drowned, Wilson was clad only in cut-off jean shorts and had been diving in search of a photo he'd previously thrown overboard from his yacht. See more »

Connections

Edited into Cease to Exist (2007) See more »

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Really worth a watch
15 August 2003 | by carin_in_mtlSee all my reviews

As an avid film buff - I've got to say that despite "Summer Dreams" being a tv movie, it is of excellent quality. The acting, in particular Bruce Greenwood in the role of the late Dennis Wilson, is superb and the way in which the story is told is intriguing, touching and real without being over hollywood-ized. Summer Dreams is perhaps the best tv movie I have ever seen. As matter of fact I have had it on video since it first aired. in 1990...quite a long time. If you ever catch it in the tv listings, give it a shot -- it is well worth watching.


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