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Billabong Odyssey (2003)

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33

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Philip Boston directs the extreme surfing film Billabong Odyssey. A team of surfers tour the world's best beaches looking for the toughest waves. Features some of the top names in West Coast surfing, including Mike Parsons, Brad Gerlach, Flea Virostko, and Barney Barron. Also contains profiles of innovators in the sport (Ken Bradshaw, Rush Randle) along with the women's surfing world champion Layne Beachley. Footage comes from the coast line of California, Washington, Hawaii, Mexico, Spain,

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Documentary, Sports & Fitness

Jan 27, 2004

$54.0k

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Eventually suffers from its accumulation of admittedly spectacular but repetitive images and would probably benefit from both extensive trimming and projection on a large-format screen.

November 11, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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A superb documentary that delves into the science, emotions and danger surrounding the handful of men and women who risk their lives searching for the ultimate thrill.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A dog's dinner of profiles, repetitive narration, safety tips and banal 'insights' into the joys and dangers of cresting waves that sometimes reach 70 feet.

November 7, 2003
New York Post
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The participants include a who's who of surf greats, from Mike Parsons and Layne Beachley to 49-year-old Ken Bradshaw (the father of big-wave/ tow-in surfing), who continues to ride the fearsome breaks like they were kid stuff.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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With its emphasis on global positioning devices, Jet Skis and computer-designed surfboards, Mr. Boston's film is very much concerned with the stuff and very little with the spirit of professional surfing as practiced today.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Pretty much everything here -- tow surfing, hydrofoil boards, token bit on women surfers -- already appeared in this summer's equally halfass Step Into Liquid.

November 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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too strange of a conflagration of PBS and MTV to be effective

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The roles of several competitors are almost non-existent, and it's hard to keep track of the numerous surfers who score screen time as the crew wanders the world.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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