Big Wednesday

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A group of friends reunite ten years after they have served in Vietnam. Originally a group of surfers with an irresponsible approach to life, they find that things are much different after spending time fighting a war.

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Critic Reviews for Big Wednesday

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

  • Looking back at the strong, young cast, the evocative sense of time and place and the thrilling ocean imagery, Big Wednesday certainly deserves a spot among the pantheon of classic surfing films.

    Jun 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [VIDEO ESSAY] Milius constantly revisits the ocean's churning surf as a literal and metaphoric yardstick to underscore the movie's themes of personal responsibility, loyalty, and the pressures of unpredictable social change.

    Feb 9, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Remains noteworthy as a cult film.

    Jul 14, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Ambitious in goal, John Millius' tale suffers from an inconsistent tone, trying to be elegiac, nostalgic, and mythical in depicting the impact of Vietnam and aging on a clique of three surfers between 1962 and 1974 but the acting and imagery are good.

    Jul 5, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Imparts quintessential elements of the male psyche more persuasively than Milius' other gung-ho action pictures

    Jan 1, 2000

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