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)
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
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]

Plot

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.

Cast

Production

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]

Reception

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

References

  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.