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Bustin' Down the Door (2008)



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Narrated by Edward Norton, Jeremy Gosch's Bustin Down the Door tells the tale of how a group of ambitious young men helped shape surfing into an international phenomenon in the winter of 1975.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Gosch, Monika Gosch, Robert Traill, Shaun Tomson, Phil Jarratt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2009
Screen Media Films - Official Site


Edward Norton
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Critic Reviews for Bustin' Down the Door

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10)

This impressive sports doc finds enough drama in the situation to involve a wider audience, since the archive footage of these chaps gliding through waves the size of a house is quite something.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The film tries to tell us that money hasn't spoiled the fun, but I was much more curious about the black shorts than the Quicksilver brand board shorts.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[An] insightful account of the rise of a, pardon the pun, new wave of surfers that transformed the sport in the mid-1970s.

July 30, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Most importantly, Bustin' Down The Door elucidates upon the spirituality of surfing.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

Almost all of the surfing footage is beautiful stuff, though you'll likely want to see even more.

Full Review… | December 24, 2009
Florida Times-Union

Watching top surfers in action is never a chore, but the film's archive footage would have been even more enjoyable to lay viewers if the commentary had better explained why the men's innovations were so daring and controversial.

Full Review… | September 7, 2009
Times (UK)

Audience Reviews for Bustin' Down the Door

The pioneers of competitive surfing face off in the mid 1970s from Australia and South Africa, gathering on the North Shore to take on the Hawaiians for world fame. The birth of the IPS takes surfing to another level and gives surfers the ability to crown a world champion.

Fascinating and inspiring documentary! The film features great footage from both the archives and current as well as some excellent, candid interviews from surfers past and present. The accounts from the four main players really make for some emotional and sincere viewing.

The last few minutes are particularly emotional and really leave the viewer with a tangle of feelings to think through as they consider the impact that a few ambitious young men have had on so many to this day.

All in all an extremely worthy watch even for those with only a passing interest in surfing. Well paced, well edited and interesting throughout.

Liam T.
Liam Thomson

Outstanding new surf documentary narrated by Edward Norton featuring great surfing footage and an awesome soundtrack. The film chronicles the the mid-70's rise of the first pro-surfers, Bartholomew, Tomson, Cairns, Townend, Richards & Tomson and how they brought their aggresive Australian & South African surfing styles to a still much very laid back Hawaii only to eventually clash tragically with the local Native Soul Surfing legends of the day. The documentary produced and written by Shaun Tomson features interviews with legendary surfers from yesterday and today and blends an entertaining mix of surf footage, music, and editing. Outstanding movie for fans and non-fans of surfing.

Curtis Reynolds

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