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Shag

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Zelda Barron
Produced by Julia Chasman
Stephen Woolley
Written by Lanier Laney
Terry Sweeney
Robin Swicord
Starring Phoebe Cates
Bridget Fonda
Annabeth Gish
Page Hannah
Cinematography Peter MacDonald
Editing by Laurence Méry-Clark
Distributed by Hemdale Film Corporation
Release date(s) Sweden April 14, 1989
United States July 21, 1989
Running time 98 mins.
Country  United Kingdom
 United States
Language English

Shag (also released as Shag: The Movie) is a 1989 comedy film starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. The film features Carolina shag dancing and was produced in cooperation with the North Carolina Film Commission.

Plot

The film is a lighthearted story of four teenage girlfriends of various temperaments who escape their parents for a few days in 1963 for adventure in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where they meet boys. The trip is spurred by the upcoming marriage of one of the girls, Carson. Their story chronicles their last good-bye to girlhood, and entree into womanhood. Filmed primarily in Wilmington, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with a scene filmed at the late Skyview Drive-In located in Florence, South Carolina.

Though it was not a big hit when initially released, in recent years it has become something of a cult film to fans of beach music and the Carolina Shag.

Cast

  • Phoebe Cates as Carson McBride, the beautiful socialite who is set to marry a tobacco executive's son
  • Bridget Fonda as Melaina Buller, the promiscuous preacher's daughter with bigger dreams
  • Annabeth Gish as Caroline "Pudge" Carmichael, the formerly overweight, hometown cutie
  • Page Hannah as Luanne Clatterback, the uptight senator's daughter
  • Robert Rusler as Buzz Ravenel, the townie boy whose come-ons snare Carson
  • Scott Coffey as Chip Gaillard, a future service member and excellent shagger
  • Tyrone Power, Jr. as Harley Ralston, a tobacco executive's son- as straight-laced as they come
  • Jeff Yagher as Jimmy Valentine, a semi-famous Frankie Avalon wanna-be
  • Carrie Hamilton as Nadine, a white-trash townie who is jealous of the girls
  • Leilani Sarelle as Suette

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