Shag: The Movie


1h 40m 1988
Shag: The Movie

Brief Synopsis

The adventures of four young women in South Carolina in 1963.

Film Details

Also Known As
Shag
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Palace Pictures
Distribution Company
CINEPLEX ODEON FILMS/HEMDALE RELEASING CORPORATION; Artedis; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; HBO Home Video; Hoyts Distribution; Lauren Films; Palace Pictures; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video
Location
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

The adventures of four young women in South Carolina in 1963.

Crew

Tammy Ader

Production Coordinator

Alicia Alexander

Location Manager

Lavern Baker

Song Performer ("I'M Leaving It All Up To You" "Saved")

Hank Ballard

Song

Hank Ballard

Song Performer ("Shaggin' On The Grand Stand")

Caroline Baron

Production Manager

Dave Bartholomew

Song ("I'M In Love Again")

Polar Bear

Set Dresser

Alan Bell

Sound Effects Editor

Logan Berkshire

Grip

Trevor Bond

Titles

Kerry Boyle

Associate Producer

John T Bromell

Set Dresser

Roy Brown

Song

Paul Carr

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Charles Carroll

2nd Assistant Director

Alan Caso

Camera Operator

Julia Chasman

Producer

Sarah Cherry

Makeup Assistant

Buddy Cone

Production Designer

Laura Connolly

Hairdresser Assistant

Gemma Craven

Music Supervisor

Joe D'alessandro

1st Assistant Camera 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

John Daly

Executive Producer

Scott R Davis

Bestboy Grip

Allan Dawson

Projectionist

Francine Decoursey

Other

Fats Domino

Song ("I'M In Love Again")

John Downer

Assistant Editor

Daniel Eccleston

Gaffer

Chris Edmonds

2nd Assistant Director

Rusty Edmonson

Electrician

Leslie Ehm

Song ("Weekend Whirlwind")

Kendall Errair

Costume Supervisor

Marty Evry

Production Assistant (Set)

Bent Fabricius-bjerre

Song Performer ("Alley Cat Song")

Anthony Forester

Transportation Coordinator

Robert Garcia

Electrician

Michael Garland

Post-Production Accountant

Dave M Garris

Props

Mort Garson

Song ("Our Day Will Come")

Derek Gibson

Executive Producer

Joyce Anne Gilstrap

Costume Assistant

Frank Godwin

Film Loader

Gerry Goffin

Song ("Up On The Roof")

Louise Goffin

Song

Louise Goffin

Song Performer ("Surrender")

Rufus Granger

Grip

Chip Hackler

2nd Assistant Camera

Charles Hadley

Dialect Coach

Christopher Hall

Electrician

Kevin Hardison

Lead Carpenter

Vernon Harrell

Set Dresser

Herb Harton

2nd Assistant B-Camera

C Harper Hellams

Location Manager Assistant

Holly Heniford

Production Assistant (Set)

Jim Hill

Construction Coordinator

Jim Hill

Construction Coordinator

Bob Hillard

Song ("Our Day Will Come")

Bob Hilliard

Song

Tim Hollier

Music Supervisor

Debbie L Howard

Craft Service

Bobby Huber

Key Grip

Jon Hutman

Art Direction

Jamil Ina

Hairdresser Assistant

Chris Isaak

Song Performer ("Diddly Daddy")

Gregory Jacobs

2nd Additional Assistant Director

Alec Jeakins

Sound Editor Assistant

Alec Jeakins

Additional Dialogue Editor

Susan Johnson

Assistant (To Producers (Los Angeles))

Robert Jones

Song

Robert Jones

Song ("Weekend Whirlwind")

Nick Kamen

Song Performer ("Oh, What A Night")

Susan E Kaplan

Production Coordinator Assistant

Victoria Karle

Production Assistant (Office)

Linda Kiffe

Property Master Assistant

Dominic Kin

Song ("Surrender")

Ben E. King

Song Performer ("I'M Leaving It All Up To You" "Every Day I Have To Cry")

Carole King

Song ("Up On The Roof")

Rob Kobrin

Transportation Coordinator

Joshua Krawitc

Assistant (To Producers)

Kris Krengel

Production Assistant (Set)

Peter Krook

Music Editor

Peter Krook

Sound Editor

Ann Kubik

Casting Assistant

Major Lance

Song Performer ("Monkey Time")

Lanier Laney

Screenwriter

Lanier Laney

From Story

K.d. Lang

Song Performer

Lise Lang

Choreography Assistant

Jerry Leiber

Song ("Saved")

Elisabeth Leustig

Casting

Kara Lindstrom

Set Decorator

Annie Loeffler

Production Associate

John Logan

Song ("Stagger Lee")

Andrew Macdonald

Assistant (To Zelda Barron)

Peter Macdonald

Director Of Photography

Rose Marks

Song ("Sixty Minute Man")

Marco Mazzei

1st Assistant Camera

Andrew Mcclelland

2nd Assistant Editor

Laurence Mery-clark

Editor

'milligan' Milligan

Song ("Oooo Ahhh")

Jeff Moore

Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

Olivia Nagel

Production Accountant Assistant

Randy Newman

Song Performer ("I'M In Love Again")

Ed Novick

Sound Mixer

Christopher O'donnell

Boom Operator

Paul Oliver

Scenic Artist

Kenny Ortega

Choreography

Tommy Page

Song

Tommy Page

Song Performer ("The Shag")

Andy Paley

Song Performer ("Catfight")

Andy Paley

Songs ("Shaggin' On The Grand Stand" "Catfight" "Ready To Go Steady" "The Shag")

Gene Poole

Dolly Grip

Nik Powell

Executive Producer

Lloyd Price

Song Performer ("Stagger Lee")

Lloyd Price

Song

Ralph Rainger

Song ("Blue Hawaii")

Leo Robin

Song ("Blue Hawaii")

Christopher Rouse

Assistant Editor (Location)

Jeanette Scheibe

Production Assistant (Set)

Jay Sedrish

Other

Ronnie Servicky

Production Assistant (Set)

Kathy Shorkey

Key Makeup

Mort Shuman

Song ("Seven Lonely Days")

Jeffrey Silver

Line Producer

Christine A Soloperto

Production Assistant (Set)

Carmen Soriano

Script Supervisor

Steven D Spallone

Bestboy Electrician

Jim Speth

Transportation Captain

Harry Stanback

Security

Seymour Stein

Executive Music Producer

Charles J Stewart

Property Master

Charles M Stewart

Property Master

Mike Stoller

Song ("Saved")

Brian Stultz

Other

Terry Sweeney

Screenwriter

Terry Sweeney

From Story

Robin Swicord

Screenwriter

Suzanne Tenner

Stills

Barry Thigpen

Other

Patricia Martin Thigpen

Other

Henry Tucker

Song ("Baby Work Out")

Theo Van Den Huevel

Lead Carpenter

Jeanne Van Phue

Key Hairdresser

Mary Vogt

Costume Designer

William E. Ward

Song ("Sixty Minute Man")

W Warren

Song ("Unknown Waltz")

Mark Weingarten

Video Playback Operator

'white' White

Song ("Oooo Ahhh")

'williams' Williams

Song ("Stay"), Song ("Oooo Ahhh")

Jane Williams

Unit Publicist

Ray Williams

Music Supervisor

Lisa Wills

Assistant (To Producers (United Kingdom))

Jackie Wilson

Song Performer ("Baby Work Out")

Jackie Wilson

Song

Roger Wilson

Dialogue Editor

Kato Wittich

1st Assistant Director

Jonathan D Wolf

Production Accountant

David Wolowic

Apprentice Editor (Location)

Stephen Woolley

Producer

Jay W Yowler

Generator Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Shag
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1988
Production Company
Palace Pictures
Distribution Company
CINEPLEX ODEON FILMS/HEMDALE RELEASING CORPORATION; Artedis; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; HBO Home Video; Hoyts Distribution; Lauren Films; Palace Pictures; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video
Location
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Articles

Shag


The 1980s was a time when Hollywood grew nostalgic for the early 1960s, before the assassination of JFK and the turbulence that followed. Shag (1989) was set in 1963 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the home of “The Carolina Shag,” a popular dance at the time (and named the official dance of the state in 1984). Carson McBride (Phoebe Cates) is engaged to be married to a rich but boring son of a tobacco farmer (Tyrone Power Jr.) but sneaks off to Myrtle Beach with her friends (Bridget Fonda, Page Hannah and Annabeth Gish) for a fun weekend. There, her life changes when she meets a local boy (Robert Rusler) and falls in love. The film was made with the support of the South Carolina Film Commission and was shot on location at various locations in North Myrtle Beach and at the famed Pavilion. Shag was slated for a United Artists release, but the studio wanted singer Whitney Houston to play one of the lead roles. English-born director Zelda Barron argued it wouldn’t be realistic to have an African-American girl be friends with white girls in the 1960s South, and United Artists withdrew financing. London-based Palace Pictures took over production and Shag would be the only major feature film directed by Barron, who had worked for most of her career as a script supervisor on films like Yentl (1983) and Reds (1981) and later directed videos for the band Culture Club. Roger Ebert noted in his review for the Chicago Sun-Times that the plot of Shag was one that had been used many times before, which may account for why it was not a hit at the box office when it was released in the United States in July 1989 (nearly a full year after its August 1988 UK release), grossing roughly $6.9 million at the US box office.

by Lorraine LoBianco

Shag

Shag

The 1980s was a time when Hollywood grew nostalgic for the early 1960s, before the assassination of JFK and the turbulence that followed. Shag (1989) was set in 1963 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the home of “The Carolina Shag,” a popular dance at the time (and named the official dance of the state in 1984). Carson McBride (Phoebe Cates) is engaged to be married to a rich but boring son of a tobacco farmer (Tyrone Power Jr.) but sneaks off to Myrtle Beach with her friends (Bridget Fonda, Page Hannah and Annabeth Gish) for a fun weekend. There, her life changes when she meets a local boy (Robert Rusler) and falls in love. The film was made with the support of the South Carolina Film Commission and was shot on location at various locations in North Myrtle Beach and at the famed Pavilion. Shag was slated for a United Artists release, but the studio wanted singer Whitney Houston to play one of the lead roles. English-born director Zelda Barron argued it wouldn’t be realistic to have an African-American girl be friends with white girls in the 1960s South, and United Artists withdrew financing. London-based Palace Pictures took over production and Shag would be the only major feature film directed by Barron, who had worked for most of her career as a script supervisor on films like Yentl (1983) and Reds (1981) and later directed videos for the band Culture Club. Roger Ebert noted in his review for the Chicago Sun-Times that the plot of Shag was one that had been used many times before, which may account for why it was not a hit at the box office when it was released in the United States in July 1989 (nearly a full year after its August 1988 UK release), grossing roughly $6.9 million at the US box office.by Lorraine LoBianco

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 21, 1989

Released in United States on Video December 13, 1989

Released in United States 1988

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 24-September 4, 1988.

Completed shooting September 15, 1987.

Began shooting July 9, 1987.

Released in United States Summer July 21, 1989

Released in United States on Video December 13, 1989

Released in United States 1988 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 24-September 4, 1988.)