Shag (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes


Shag (1989)




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Movie Info

In the summer of '63, four pretty girls spend a wild weekend partying in Myrtle Beach before they part company. One is getting married, two are off to college, and one is leaving town.


Phoebe Cates
as Carson McBride
Scott Coffey
as Chip Guillyard
Bridget Fonda
as Melaina Buller
Annabeth Gish
as Caroline "Pudge" Carmichael
Page Hannah
as Luanne Clatterbuck
Robert Rusler
as Buzz Ravenel
Tyrone Power Jr.
as Harley Ralston
Tyrone Power III
as Harley Ralston
Jeff Yagher
as Jimmy Valentine
Jim Kelly Jr.
as Big Dan and the Sand Dollars Member
John Lewis Jr.
as Big Dan and the Sand Dollars Member
Joey A. McGroarty
as Reverend Buller
Douglas Smith
as Big Dan and the Sand Dollars Member
Paul Lieber
as Manager
Donald Craig
as Senator Clatterbuck
Shirley Ann Field
as Mrs. Clatterbuck
Jay Baker
as Big Bob
Joe Seely
as Creep
Bonnie Johnson
as Mrs. Carmichael
Janelle Cochrane
as Mrs. McBride
Walker Owens
as Young Man
William Roberts
as Dying Cockroach
Ezra Sutton
as Gator Boy
Elliott Phillips
as Turkey Sandwich
Lise Lang
as Car Hop
Jane Aiken
as Ettie Stroos
Garry Goins
as "Big Dan and the Sand Dollars" Band
Lawrence Whitaker
as "Big Dan and the Sand Dollars" Band
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Critic Reviews for Shag

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

As a dance flick, Shag suffers from an unexciting dance-style and so-so choreography but compensates with a fine young cast and likable story.

August 6, 2007 | Full Review…

There's a real kick to it.

May 12, 2001

The actors in Shag are some of the best of the younger generation in Hollywood, and they treat their material with the humor and delicacy it deserves.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The picture is heartfelt and naive in ways that seem totally secondhand.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

There's ultimately not a whole lot within Shag worth getting excited about or engrossed in...

January 2, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It is sweet and entertaining, but it gives us a tunnel view of its time period... Racism is ignored. So are all other prejudices.

September 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shag


With all the talk in recent years about women-centered raunchy comedies finally finding support and going into production, I was surprised to see this film from the 80s on tv awhile back. It's a little like American Graffiti and a little like Porky's with the focus on four young ladies played by Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish, and Page Hannah. The nostalgic 60s are believably recreated. The title of course has a double meaning, but primarily and innocently refers to a dance of the time. The music is fun. All the actors find a way to get beyond the stereotypes and one-dimensionality inherent in teen flicks like this.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Another nostalgic 60s movie from the 80s, a trend in that decade. It's a predictable teen romance kind of movie, but it's fun and the actors are good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Typical sappy girl flick with the blonde, brunette and redheaded gals that want to have fun in sunny Myrtle Beach! Set in the 60's, a fun movie, with awesome music from the olden days. :)

Donna Dawson
Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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