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Big Wednesday (1978)

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Release Date: Jan 4, 1978 Wide

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Jan-Michael Vincent plays a self-destructive beach bum to whom surfing is a Zen experience. We first meet Vincent in the devil-may-care 1960s, in the company of his carefree buddies William Katt and Gary Busey. The boys reunite ten years later, after one has served time in Vietnam. The beach is still there, the waves still break upon the shore, and towards the end of the film, the characters become people that we truly care about. Barbara Hale, the real-life mother of costar William Katt, makes

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Drama, Comedy

John Milius, Dennis Aaberg

Jul 9, 2002

Warner Home Video

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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.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Remains noteworthy as a cult film.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Imparts quintessential elements of the male psyche more persuasively than Milius' other gung-ho action pictures

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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