Gidget

"Terrible"

Gidget Review


Call me a revisionist heathen, but Gidget is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. How it became a hit TV series (which is remembered far more commonly than the original film) is a complete mystery to me. Gidget (Sandra Dee) is a girl who discovers surfing and boys one summer, falling into a crowd that includes such characters as The Big Kahuna. And Moondoggie. (These are people, incidentally.) She swoons and she surfs. Meanwhile, the vapid story is completely trashed by some terrible filmmaking, overexposed and seemingly dubbed throughout, atrociously. Ultimately there's no lesson here aside from a vague notion that fun is good. And Gidget is neither. It's saying something that you can get all three Gidget movies on DVD for less than $14.


Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 10th April 1959

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Paul Wendkos

Producer: Lewis J. Rachmil

Starring: as Gidget, as Moondoggie, as The Big Kahuna, Arthur O'Connell as Russell Lawrence, The Four Preps as Band at Beach, as Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence, Joby Baker as Stinky, Tom Laughlin as Lover Boy, Sue George as Betty Louise aka B.L., Robert Ellis as Hot Shot, Jo Morrow as Mary Lou, as Nan, Patti Kane as Patti, as Waikiki, Burt Metcalfe as Lord Byron, as Himself - Trailer Host (uncredited)

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