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The Beach Boys: An American Family 

This movie re-creates the life stories of the members of the rock group "The Beach Boys". The film focuses primarily on the Wilson brothers and their parents, but also includes stories ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Frederick Weller ...  Brian Wilson 2 episodes, 2000
Matt Letscher ...  Mike Love 2 episodes, 2000
Nick Stabile ...  Dennis Wilson 2 episodes, 2000
Ned Vaughn ...  Al Jardine 2 episodes, 2000
Ryan Northcott ...  Carl Wilson 2 episodes, 2000
Amy Van Horne Amy Van Horne ...  Marilyn Rovell 2 episodes, 2000
Jad Mager Jad Mager ...  Nik Venet 2 episodes, 2000
Wendy Phillips 2 episodes, 2000
Kurt Fuller ...  Mike Love's Dad 2 episodes, 2000
Alley Mills ...  Audree Wilson 2 episodes, 2000
Kevin Dunn ...  Murry Wilson 2 episodes, 2000
Raegan Kotz Raegan Kotz ...  Deborah Jameson 2 episodes, 2000
Vanessa Dorman Vanessa Dorman ...  Amy Love 2 episodes, 2000
Eric Matheny ...  Chuck Britz 2 episodes, 2000
Clay Wilcox ...  Tommy Schaeffer 2 episodes, 2000
Anthony Rapp ...  Samuel Pierce 2 episodes, 2000
Claire Rankin ...  Diane Rovell 2 episodes, 2000
David Spielberg ...  Irving Rovell 2 episodes, 2000
Annie Abbott ...  May Rovell 2 episodes, 2000
James Intveld ...  Hal Blaine 2 episodes, 2000
Harris Laskawy Harris Laskawy ...  Voyle Gilmore 2 episodes, 2000
Denise Faye ...  Nik's Secretary 2 episodes, 2000
Lara Del Arte Lara Del Arte ...  Groupie 2 episodes, 2000
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This movie re-creates the life stories of the members of the rock group "The Beach Boys". The film focuses primarily on the Wilson brothers and their parents, but also includes stories about the rest of members of the band. A two-part television movie special. Written by Anonymous

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As a band they rose to stardom. As a family they fell from grace.

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Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beach Boys: An American Family See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film depicts Brian Wilson trying LSD for the first time during the Smile sessions. In reality, Wilson first dropped acid in 1965, almost two years before the Smile sessions began. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in 1960, a Wilson boy jumps out of the car with a skateboard. The skateboard has large composite wheels which weren't available to the public until the early-'70s. See more »

Quotes

Brian Wilson: Get out, dad! You're fired!
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Alternate Versions

A shorter version later aired on ABC. The character representing Van Dyke Parks was renamed. See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T WORRY, BABY
Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Highly enjoyable
1 April 2000 | by SnacksForAllSee all my reviews

Before watching ANY made-for-TV movie, one must know that, on average, TV-movies have never been that great. So, now that that's out of the way, I'll get to the review.

The way Brian Wilson discovers that "Beach Boys" sound was very convincing. It didn't seem abridged, it felt real. The acting, for the most part, was top-notch. The actor who portrayed musical genius Brian Wilson, while likeable, could have used a few acting lessons. However, the part of Mike Love was dead-on.

The film is very enjoyable, and really "connects" any music listener to the Beach Boys, and especially Brian Wilson. It was only after watching this film that I truly began to realize that Wilson was a true genius, perhaps one of the best writers/musicians to come out of the 20th Century. I KNEW he was good, but it is really only now that I know just how influential he really was/is to the music industry.

Things did get corny, however, but remember -- this IS a TV movie. The first half of this miniseries is far superior to the second.

Also, I must complain about the horrible under-use of the Carl Wilson character. Carl, the Beach Boys' strong and steady voice of reason, deserved alot more than what he was given in this film. Carl would go on to lead the band in the 80s and 90s, and he was the most stable of the Wilson brothers -- don't you think his dedication warrants a little more "air time"? I do.

To focus more on the positives, however, all the actors and characters are likeable, and I found this miniseries to have some generally touching moments.

Overall, a great watch. If you appreciate good music, and if you are a fan of the Beach Boys (casual or fanatic), you should buy this TV-movie whenever it becomes available to buy on video.


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