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Zuma Beach (film)

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Zuma Beach
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Written byJohn Carpenter
William A. Schwartz
Directed byLee H. Katzin
StarringSuzanne Somers
Steven Keats
Mark Wheeler
Kimberly Beck
Music byDick Halligan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Daniel H. Blatt
Edgar J. Scherick
Producer(s)Bruce Cohn Curtis
Brian Grazer
CinematographyHéctor R. Figueroa
Editor(s)Bobbie Shapiro
Robert L. Swanson
Running time98 minutes
Production company/companiesBruce Cohn Curtis Films Ltd.
Edgar J. Scherick Associates
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • September 27, 1978 (1978-09-27)

Zuma Beach is a 1978 American made-for-television comedy-drama film written and directed by Lee H. Katzin and starring Suzanne Somers.[1][2]


A fading rock singer goes to the beach to get away from it all and winds up getting involved in the lives of the teenage beachgoers.



Suzanne Somers' fame was rising due to the success of the sitcom Three's Company, and she wanted to star in movies. Albeit a lightweight television film, Zuma Beach provided Somers with her first starring movie role.[3][4]

John Carpenter wrote the script for a producer "who just said he wanted a beach movie." He sold it to Warner Bros and it became a TV movie to star Suzanne Somers. Carpenter said he "was going to direct it, for about ten seconds, but one of my mentors, Richard Kobritz... helped me see I didn’t want to do it. It was vastly rewritten, so I really shouldn’t have taken credit for it, but I was a little asshole in those days."[5]

Tim Hutton had one of his first roles in the film.[6]


The Los Angeles Times praised the naturalness of Somers' performance.[7]


  1. ^ Leonard Maltin. Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide. Plume, 1994.
  2. ^ F. Maurice Speed. Film Review 1988-9. Columbus Books, 1989.
  3. ^ Bernstein, Jay. Starmaker: Life as A Hollywood Publicist With Farrah, The Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me, pp. 184-85 (2011)
  4. ^ Farley, Ellen and William K. Knoedelseder, Jr. (19 February 1978). Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Three Networks in a Tub, Washington Post (brief mention of upcoming film in February 1978 with Somers to star)
  5. ^ "Interview with John Carpenter". Justin Beahm.
  6. ^ NOTHING 'ORDINARY' ABOUT TIM HUTTON Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times 15 Jan 1981: h1.
  7. ^ TV MOVIE REVIEW: Somers in Swim of Role That Suits Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times27 Sep 1978: f18.

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