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Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • Release Date: Oct. 4 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005966N06
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,713 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story

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Very, very good documentary on the lady who was the nucleus if the surfing craze of the late 1950's. This film makes it clear that if there wasn't a Gidet we'd have to make her up.
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Gidget the love of every young boy. Now watch her story you'll love it too!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9aa20c18) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa32678) out of 5 stars How one girl's choice to tell her story changed the face of entertainment Oct. 10 2011
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Dawn Hunt, DVD Verdict --Narrated by Jorja Fox (CSI) and featuring interviews with Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters) and far too many pro surfers to name, Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story tells the tale of Kathy Kohner Zuckerman who began surfing in 1956. Nicknamed "Gidget" (a combination of girl and midget) she became an icon whose legacy endures.

The decision to focus on the impact of Gidget over the past five decades was the smartest move the filmmakers made, because the actual story of how Kathy Kohner became Gidget takes less than a minute to tell. Fifteen-year-old Kohner was looking for a way of life and a group of people to fit in with. Going to Malibu and hooking up with the local surf scene was the answer. She became so enamored with the people, what they were doing, and the new lingo (words like "Bitchin!" and "Cowabunga!") she felt it was a story that needed to be told. Kathy started by writing it all down in her journals, one of which she reads from here. But she wanted to go bigger, to share her story with more people, so she went to her father, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Frederick Kohner (Gidget), who captured the story as she told it to him. The rest is the meat of this documentary.

Accidental Icon is not people gushing over Gidget for an hour. Sure, there's some of that, but these are real people and their stories resonate as such, with Gidget's friends admitting they resented the release of first the book and later the movie because each was one step away from the reality of what it meant (and still means, in many cases) to be a surfer.

Accidental Icon was shot on Mini-DV and includes Super 8 film stock, so the quality isn't the greatest. However, you can easily overlook whatever grain and palette issues there are due to the engaging nature of what you're watching. The Dolby 2.0 sound is serviceable and the filmmakers took care to get interviews in spots away from distracting ambiance. The special features are mostly padding, including an extended ending to the piece, as well as an outtake.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa326cc) out of 5 stars For surfers and non-surfers April 3 2012
By Carter Hall - Published on
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My wife has never been on a surfboard in her life while I have surfed for 47 years. I got this DVD because I am aware of Kathy's environmental work and also interested in the story beyond the movies and tv shows. As a surfer, the movie was engrossing as it featured a who's who of surfers from the early days who all knew "Gidget" and it was interesting to see how this young girl got involved with famous surfers who were instrumental in the sports early days as well as her relationships with those that were on the entertainment side (movies, tv) of the Gidget story. Even more important was the reaction of my wife who enjoyed this equally as much as I did. It's one of those movies that when you realize it's coming to an end wish it would keep on going.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa329a8) out of 5 stars Gidget is still one bitchen babe!!!! Jan. 2 2012
By Charlyn - Published on
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AMAZING.....Not all people know that there was and is a real Gidget...She is the real deal and is alive and well. Love this Documentary! Everyone that loves Gidget..Surfing or the beach should see this... Its part of this generations History....and generations to come!!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa328a0) out of 5 stars A lot of fun & surf history in this documentary about the real Gidget! Sept. 28 2011
By Dexter Love - Published on
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Any fan of the 1960's, surfing, and pop culture history will love this documentary about the original surfer girl - Gidget! From the earliest days of surfing to the hot young ladies who ride the waves today (and get paid for doing so!) this documentary looks at the story of one of the first gals who saw what the boys at the beach were doing and said, "I can do that!" Who knew that the famous book, movies, and tv shows were all based on a little lady from Malibu named Kathy? Lots of great retro beach footage & interviews with legends of the waves, modern day pro surfers, Academy Award winners Sally Field and the late Cliff Robertson, and narrated by Jorja Fox (from CSI). An entertaining and educational DVD the whole family can enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa32edc) out of 5 stars Great little documentary Dec 26 2013
By Cynthia - Published on
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I ordered this because I have always loved the Gidget movies and the TV series. This gave the background info on how it all started. Even though I am almost a contemporary of the real Gidget, I was unaware of lots of the cultural aspects of surfing in its inception, so this filled in a lot of holes in my knowledge.
I gave this 5 stars, not because it is something I will watch many, many times--though I certainly will watch it again--but because it was very fun for me to see and remember times gone by, when growing up in America was a different experience than it is now.

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