Plato spiraled out of control, and moved to Las Vegas, but was unable to find work there and ended up working in a restaurant when she talked to Louzil about appearing in Bikini Beach Race. The claims were not true. There was a girl who wanted to go out with him, thinking he was a famous actor. Eric Von Zipper Harvey Lembeck and some of his Ratz set out to sabotage Potato Bug's digger prior to his big race with Frankie. Wood Factor of Film-making: This movie may suck the dimpled skin off a golf ball, but it got made.
Other cars are the Smog Rat I - Airline Auto Sales, Don Garlits, Safford-Gaide-Ratican, The Frantic 4, The Surfers and more. People would act differently when they found out he was a porno star. Her manager absconded with all her money, and the life savings of about twenty other clients. When Frankie says he looks familiar, Big Drag admits he was once Jack Fanny, his character from the earlier film,. He had a small part. Turn back at a distance of 1. Potato Bug Jeep sees Frankie is in trouble.
After that it was downhill from there. Dana Plato was 34 years old. She was high all the time. But watch out - there's dangerous curves ahead as the local Mafia pits the odds 100 to 1 against our zany team. He also manages a garage for dragsters and is the announcer at the Bikini Beach Drag Strip. Big Drag gets in on the act and as you can guess, the chase ends at the Big Drag Bar with great rock n roll from Stevie Wonder. I knew I'd eventually find time to watch it.
Why the name change and which is the original title? She suffered an overdose of diazepam when she was fourteen. Annette and Potato Bug after his big run. That the film is actually kind of fun is what surprised me about it, and that Ms. Pop singer appears for the second time. The other shining moment in this film has to belong to Harvey Lembeck as the perpetually dimwitted leader Eric Von Zipper. All of the women in the film are full-breasted suntanned sex bunnies to be lusted after by the male characters. She was bailed out of prison by Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton, and was let off easy, receiving no jail time and only five years of probation.
She sang at least one solo in each movie. As you can see, they didn't have to do much to make it film ready ,,, just haul the remains to Pomona, cover it with gas, install the stunt man and light the match. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. It may have worked, but for some reason it looks like the morons in this film are having one heck of a good time. Retrieved on November 3, 2011.
Annoyed by Frankie's reluctance to start their relationship towards marriage, Dee Dee becomes receptive to Potato Bug's advances. The gang picks up Frankie's new car from Big Drag. Avalon as Potato Bug Avalon as Frankie Check out the background - can you say, no stands? She admitted to being a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, but claimed that she had been sober for more than ten years by that point, and was not using any drugs, with the exception of prescribed painkillers due to the recent extraction of her teeth. Some of the best dragsters on the planet were gathered at Pomona Raceway for the many drag racing sequences in the movie. In January 1992, she was arrested again, this time for forging a prescription for Diazepam. We now have the third car in the crash sequence.
Frankie plays two roles: the sex mad surfer still chasing comely Annette renamed Dee Dee in this film and a British singing sensation named Potato Bug, who moves the gang from the beach to the blacktop for a little drag-strip action. Plato was nineteen when she discovered she was pregnant, and she was dropped from the show; she married rocker Lanny Lambert, the father of her son Tyler, in April of 1984. I was directing a film in Miami. This was his defining role and this film was his funniest yet. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Milwaukee, Wis. The main point of the movie seems to be to include footage of an actual annual race that takes place on Labor Day Weekend, the , in which teams of five members — four racers and one rider hitched to the headboard — compete against eachother on beds that are decked out. Included in first prize was a trip to Hollywood and an appearance in Bikini Beach.
She had a troubled childhood and it never got any better. Following her appearance in the film, in 1998, Plato appeared in a cover story of the lesbian lifestyle magazine Girlfriends, in which she came out as a lesbian, although she later recanted. It really wasn't the surfing that was the attraction in those films. We were all living in this Polynesian Village house. She was previously in , and also appeared in and. With the teenagers demoralized and discredited, Honeywagon plans to turn Bikini Beach into a. This was about the bottoming out of her career.
Sauer was even portrayed in that film as a character by Mark LaBuse. Louzil bounced around for a number of years at studios in the L. Her adoptive mother began to push her into acting at an early age, but Plato was also interested in becoming a figure skater, and split her post-school free time between sports and acting lessons and auditions. The character is a of , albeit with a persona based on British as perceived by Americans, and made popular by English comics like. Dana Plato and son Tyler in 1994 Plato thereafter appeared in a lot of low-budget b-movies, and even video games — Night Trap is considered a pioneering title because it was the first game to use live actors, specifically a well-known personality — but she struggled to make a living as an actress.