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Shag, The Movie (aka: The Shag!)
"Put him down you ape, you'll break him! "

-- Synopsis: This light " Chick-Flick" comedy was a dismal failure on the big screen, but became very popular on video as it plays very cozily on the tube, where it lends itself to pajama parties and Shag dance parties. It is the story of four girls who have just graduated from high school in 1963 who hightail it to Myrtle Beach - the forbidden zone of handsome boys and booze. As three young Southern White girls trick their soon-to-be-married gal-pal Carson (Phoebe Cates) into one final all-girl fling in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Cates is engaged to a local well-bred bore (Tyrone Power Jr.), but soon she's is tempted by Buzz (Robert Rusler) a beach boy bound for Yale. This film is not related to the Austin Powers title as this refers to the dance, not something else.

* Many popular, local Carolina Shag dancers of the time. 'Pudge' and Chip, Caroline and Skip and others practice and enter the " Sun Fun Shag Contest" and show some very good Carolina Shag dancing. The Shag is also South Carolina's State Dance.


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More Film Information below
Date:Studio:Director:Availability:
(?1987?) 1988MGM / UAZelda Barron
[DVD | VHS]
Runtime:Country Made:Language:Color:
98 minutes USA English Black and White
Genre:Featured Dancer Featured DanceDance Rating
Musical / Romance / Teen
Gish and CoffeyCarolina Shag Very Good
 
Known DancersChoreographersActors / Actresses
Gish and Coffey Kenny Ortega (Choreographer)Annabeth Gish ('Pudge')
Caroline and SkipBarry Thigpen ('Shag' Instructor)  Bridget Fonda (Melaina Buller)  
Many Local Shag Dancers *Patricia Martin Thigpen ('Shag' Instructor)  Carrie Hamilton (Nadine)
  Donald Craig (Senator Clatterback)
  Jay Baker (Big Bob) 
  Jeff Yagher (Jimmy Valentine)
* Anyone know who danced in this Joe Seely (The Creep)
Film, please let me know? Leilani Sarelle (Suette )
  Page Hannah (Luanne Clatterback)
  Paul Lieber (The Manager)
  Pearl Jones (Elvira)
  Phoebe Cates (Carson McBride)
  Robert Rusler (Buzz Ravenel)
  Scott Coffey (Chip Guillyard)
  Shirley Anne Field (Mrs. Clatterback)
   Tyrone Power Jr. (Harley Ralston)

Dances performed in this film    Special Dance Interest
Carolina Shag n/a n/a Carolina Shag (Jitterbug)
Conga Line     Ocean Blvd
Limbo     the Strand
      The Pavilion
 
Some Music Titles in Film Bands / Musicians / Singers Posters / Lobby Cards
Alley Oop Voltage Brothers (as Big Dan & Sand Dollars) n/a
Baby Work Out      
Easier Said than Done      
It Will Stand      
Monkey Time      
Ooh Aah      
Our Day Will Come      
Shaggin' on the Strand      
Since I Don't Have You      
Sixty Minute Man      
Stagger Lee      
Stay      
The Shag      
       
Note: The Original movie soundtrack is very different than on the newer VHS releases (the new DVD version is ORIGINALLY correct).

Stage versions of the film

Cast Recording(s) / Soundtracks Similar Films Sheet Music Covers
none $ Shag Soundtrack $ Basic Shag Dance Lessons [VHS] n/a
    $ Girls Just Want to Have Fun  
 

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