The Endless Summer (1966)



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While Bruce Brown had been making films about surfing since the late 1950s, The Endless Summer was his first film to receive a nationwide release; it was also the first serious cinematic look at the sport to click with a mass audience. In his narration, Brown muses that if someone had enough time and money, they could literally follow the summer around the globe, and so Brown and two of his surfing buddies, Robert August and Mike Hynson, decide to do just that. With their surfboards as luggage, August and Hynson travel from one coastline to the next, trying the waves in Hawaii, Africa, Australia, Tahiti, and a number of other places where most folks had never even seen a surfboard before. Along the way, August and Hynson learn a lot about people around the world, and grow up a bit while they search for the elusive perfect wave. The Endless Summer also features a great surf-rock score by the Sandals.
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Bruce Brown
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Terence Bullen
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home.

Full Review… | July 25, 2014
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Just breathtaking.

Full Review… | August 7, 2013
New York Post
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Brown leaves analysis of the surf-cult mystique to seagoing sociologists, but demonstrates quite spiritedly that some of the brave souls mistaken for beachniks are, in fact, converts to a difficult, dangerous and dazzling sport.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
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Shunning the tons of equipment ordinarily taken along on location, Brown used only what he could carry. The beautiful photography he brought home almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn't been trying too hard.

Full Review… | August 4, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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Visually fascinating.

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
New York Times
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Groovy music by the Sandals, a five-piece surfing outfit, accompany the beautiful images and Brown's hip surfer-speak is a history lesson in itself.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Endless Summer

The Endless Summer somehow manages to be exhilaratingly inspiring, magnificently beautiful, endearingly goofy, an incredible time capsule documentary, a surprisingly educational travelogue, and a real life dream all in its 95 minutes. The film is unforgettable, and as long as man keeps searching for the perfect wave it will live on. Thus, it is truly an endless summer.

Garrett Cash
Garrett Cash

A gentle, joyful movie about the pleasure of surfing and the camaraderie of the riders of waves. It's not about the big waves and the big names, though they're mentioned, it's just about living the lifestyle. And the laid back, friendly style of the movie embodies the style of the people. It's an engaging look at the surf scene in the 60s that even captures a non-surfer audience's rapt attention.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

It's impossible to dislike movie. It's both hilarious and informative. Even if you aren't into surfing, you can still fully appreciate and enjoy it.

Emily DeFore Meyer
Emily DeFore Meyer

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