Bikini Beach

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Bikini Beach (1964, USA) is a Teen-Beach film directed by William Asher.


Main Details

  • Released in 1964
  • Color
  • Running Time: 99 Min.
  • Production Co: American International Pictures (AIP)
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (AIP) (1964) (USA) (theatrical) | Warner-Pathé Distributors (1965) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Directed by William Asher
  • Written by William Asher, Robert Dillon, Leo Townsend
  • Starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer, Don Rickles
  • Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Anthony Carras, James H. Nicholson
  • Original Music by Les Baxter
  • Cinematography by Floyd Crosby
  • Film Editing by Fred R. Feitshans Jr., Eve Newman


  • It's where every torso is more so, and bare-as-you-dare is the rule!
  • It's where the girls are BARE-ing... the guys are DAR-ing and the surf's RARE-ing to GO-GO-GO


This is the third in the series of seven films produced by American International Pictures (AIP). In a FILMFAXplus (April/June 2004) interview, director William Asher revealed that the script was originally written for The Beatles. According to Asher's claim, the group had agreed to act in the film but later dropped out as their rapidly growing fame (especially after their 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show) caused their fee to exceed the film's budget. Asher was forced to rework the script. (Wikipedia)

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