Bustin' Down the Door

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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.

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  • 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.

    September 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The characters aren't quite as charismatic as the Z-Boys and the editing isn't as abrasively cool, but it does give a glimpse of how an outsider lifestyle evolved into a multibillion-dollar business.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • The documentary celebrates the athleticism and creativity of the sport's unsung Nureyevs and Nijinskys.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite the group's many successes, self-pitying tears are rarely far from their eyes. It's fascinating stuff and unfathomably bleak.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Although you'd expect moist eyes from bitter, fading stars desperately trying to scrawl their names in the history books, the film avoids this indignity with engaging characters, an informative narrative and tons of awe-inspiring archive footage.

    September 4, 2009

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