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The Beach Boys: An American Family is 2 part mini-series that aired in 2000. It is a dramatization of the early years of The Beach Boys, from their formation in the early 1960s to their peak of popularity as musical innovators, through their late 1960s decline and the beginning of Brian Wilson's battle with life-long mental illness, that he eventually came to terms with and for the most part overcame, to their re-emergence in 1974 as a nostalgic and "goodtime" act.
The movie was shown in two parts on ABC Television, and featured a good deal of original studio and session material by the band, which forms the backdrop to the story. Music that couldn't be licensed for the production, but was important to the story (such as the Smile album sessions, and music by criminal Charles Manson, who had collaborated with Dennis Wilson), was filled in with sound-alikes, reminiscent of the original recordings.
Frederick Weller as Brian Wilson
Matt Letscher as Mike Love
Nick Stabile as Dennis Wilson
Ryan Northcott as Carl Wilson
Ned Vaughn as Al Jardine
Kevin Dunn as Murry Wilson
Kurt Fuller as Mike Love's Dad
Alley Mills as Audree Wilson
Vanessa Dorman as Amy Love
Erik Passoja as Charles Manson
David Spielberg as Irving Rovell
Movie Year: 2000 - Running Time: 87 min per episode - Language: English
Genre: Drama | Biography | Thriller
Video & Audio: 8.5 out of 10
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