The Beach Boys: An American Family
Written byKirk Ellis
Directed byJeff Bleckner
StarringKevin Dunn
Fred Weller
Alley Mills
Nick Stabile
Matt Letscher
Emmanuelle Vaugier
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerJohn Whitman
CinematographyBrian J. Reynolds
Running time240 minutes
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original releaseFebruary 27, 2000 (2000-02-27)

The Beach Boys: An American Family is a 2000 miniseries written by Kirk Ellis and directed by Jeff Bleckner.[1] 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 Brian Wilson's beginning battle with mental illness), to their re-emergence in 1974 as a nostalgia 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.

In 2000, Brian Wilson stated of the film: "I didn't like it, I thought it was in poor taste. ... And it stunk. I thought it stunk!"[2] He elaborated further: "I didn't like the second part. It wasn't really true to the way things were. I'd like to see another movie if it was done right. But I just sort of turned my back to this one, or my other cheek, or whatever you wanna call it. It was best just to ignore it because it really wasn't true to life."[3] Wilson also felt that he was poorly portrayed by actor Frederick Weller ("He was a little more rough than me") and that there was too much coverage of Charles Manson ("That was a commercial fuckup").[4]



The Beach Boys: An American Family was nominated in nine individual categories at different award ceremonies.

The film won three out of those 8 categories that it was nominated in. Listed below is the categories that the movie was nominated in as well as for what award:


  1. ^ "The Beach Boys: An American Family". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Bocanegra, Henry. "Rock N' Roll Dream: A Conversation with Brian Wilson". House of Shred. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  3. ^ Holdship, Bill (April 6, 2000). "Heroes and Villains". Los Angeles Times. Chicago: Tronc, Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Roberts, Michael (September 14, 2000). "Brian's Song: Listening to the Distant Echoes of a Pop-Rock Genius". Westword.
  5. ^ "Outstanding Miniseries - 2000". Emmys Online. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 7, 2016.