Exchange Lifeguards
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Directed byMaurice Murphy
Written byPhillip Avalon
Produced byPhillip Avalon
StarringChristopher Atkins
Julian McMahon
Elliott Gould
Martin Cruden
CinematographyMartin McGrath
Music byJohn Capek
Release date
  • 1992 (1992)
Budget$1.6 million[1]
Box officeA$3,634 (Australia)[2]
Movie poster in America
Movie poster in America

Exchange Lifeguards (American title: Wet and Wild Summer!) is a 1992 Australian-American comedy film[3] directed by Maurice Murphy and starring Christopher Atkins, Julian McMahon and Elliott Gould.[4]


A property developer wants to take over an Australian beach for a high rise resort. He sends his son to Australia to check out the situation, posing as an exchange lifeguard. He falls in love with a woman who owns the land his father needs for the development and finds himself sympathising with the locals.



Avalon says that sales agent Dick Bateman suggested he write and produce a film set around the beach and lifeguards, with humour and a romance. Bateman said he would buy all rights for $1.5 million. Avalon wrote a script Gary Hamilton of Beyond agreed to help finance if Avalon could get Elliott Gould and Chris Atkins to star; Avalon succeeded in doing this and the film was made for $1.6 million.[1]


In her review of the film Marsha Porter describes the film as a "vulgar Aussie version of Frankie-and-Annette beach movies" and as "sexist, badly acted, and buffoonish".[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Avalon, Phil (2015). From Steel City to Hollywood. New Holland. p. 228.
  2. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria Archived 9 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 12 November 2012
  3. ^ Exchange Lifeguards review at Variety. Retrieved 9 November 2012
  4. ^ Robert A. Nowlan, Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan (2001). The Films of the Nineties. McFarland, 2001. ISBN 0786409746.
  5. ^ Mick Martin, Marsha Porter (1996). Video Movie Guide. Ballantine Books, 1996. ISBN 0345406435.