• PG, 2 hr.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Milius
    In Theaters:
    Jan 4, 1978 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 9, 2002
  • Warner Home Video

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Big Wednesday Reviews

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February 22, 2010
This film's not just about surfin' but about life - it's only while you are young when you can ride the waves, and time to go back to the land (to be mature) comes to everybody. It's also about men's friendship, love to women, and of course above all, the wave as the symbol of our dream. This is the film that has never-fading soul.
February 8, 2009
3 buddy matt, jack, and leroy(jan-michael vincent, william katt, and gary busey)who surfer and the life from 1960's to 1970's. wow robert englund(who play freddy krueger in "a nightmare on elm street" series)early role.
September 3, 2007
Great passage of time movie covering the lives of three surfing buddies. Superb surfing scenes highlighted by an equally superb soundtrack. Theepitome of surfing movies.
May 25, 2007
The most overlooked film of the 70's. The greatest surfing film ever made, but also one of the best movies about friendship.
wolverineland
February 10, 2007
Great movie and good characters make this a favorite of mine. This is probably the granddaddy of fictionalized surf films and paved the way for later films. Life imitates art because in a few years Laird Hamilton would become the legend that Jan Michael's character strives for.
May 4, 2014
This is the heart of what it was like to grow up in California (qualified: You are at least 60 yrs. old today, from LA, from a upper middle class family and white)
February 15, 2014
A bit slow and dull for me.
December 1, 2013
Kind of an "American Graffiti" only instead of cruising and cars, it's the beach and surfing on the cusp of the Vietnam War arriving and changing everything. A shaggy dog, to be sure, with awkward story pacing and flat acting here and there (and the Tijuana sequence I think was solely written so the cast and crew could go to Tijuana on the studio's dime). BUT. A lot of heart went into this and the surfing sequences are nicely done. Also nice to see these three actors so early in their careers (Robert Englund also has a supporting role, pre-"Freddy"). Definitely a fine first effort from John Milius directing his own screenplay.
July 2, 2013
Awesoem surf movie with 3 surfer pals who have the uneasiness coming to terms about growing up, getting jobs, getting drafted and falling apart with each other. Incredible surf scenes with typical 70's hijinks of teens getting into trouble and making out. One of a kind cast with Busey Vincent and Katt playing convincing buddies proving friendship last the surf waves can be overwhelming. Full of old songs and gorgeous babes, make this one awesome ride.
November 28, 2012
John Milius' most personal film and in many ways his best. It's not really a film about surfing so much as a film about the importance of rituals in solidifying bonds of friendship, and the importance of those bonds in carrying you through rough and changing times. It has nostalgic elements like "American Graffiti", but it's less about nostalgia than it is about change. Milius' great fondness for John Ford really shines through in this film. There's a cameo by Hank Worden, but more importantly, it feels thematically and stylistically tied to Ford's great films about the interactions between masculine bonding and community. Cult film fans will note small roles for Robert Englund and Reb Brown.
July 28, 2012
I'm usually more about the charaters and Bussey, Kat, and Vincent nailed it. Interesting as a character study.
son of bloody sam
January 24, 2010
one of the best buddy-movies about growing up. here you have everything: surfing, girls, fights, trips to mexico, avoiding draft, war heroes. even if milius' attitudes can be questioned, his style can't.
Dave P.
October 26, 2009
Watching this, 31 years after its release, I ask: "What were the critics complaining about?" If you want to have a taste of what it's like to surf with your pals, dodge the draft, and maybe grow up a little, enjoy the story and the surf cinematography that was before its time. This isn't a pop bubblegum beach movie; it's a classic surf film with character, loved by many surfers.
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