Highwater (2010)



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Laemmle Theatres and Outsider Pictures are pleased to present the sports documentarian Dana Brown's (Step Into Liquid)HIGHWATER "a propulsive... non-fiction thriller" (John Anderson, Variety) that follows the men and women who gather every year on Hawaii's "Seven Mile Miracle," Oahu's North Shore, for big wave surfing's ultimate challenge, the Triple Crown. Starting on Halloween and ending around Christmas, the event attracts the sport's very best, all of whom are profiled here.)-- (C) Laemmle … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness
Directed By:
Written By: Dana Brown
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On DVD: Apr 12, 2011
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Critic Reviews for Highwater

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

Everyone is a saint in Brown's eyes, and few are especially interesting as a result.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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Serving as director, co- editor and narrator, Brown turns the obsession of top-ranking surfers into a universally appealing celebration of excellence on the treacherous North Shore of Oahu.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Seattle Times
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[Director Dana] Brown's main talent is the way he blends stunning cinematography and crisp editing into you-are-there immediacy.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
New York Daily News
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Has enough magical shots of surfers standing deep in the curl, their hands rippling along the faces of giant waves, to keep you watching.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
New York Times
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Surfing devotees might be impressed, but other viewers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
New York Post
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The film ends up as a cliquish circle jerk that flatters those in the know and leaves neophytes little to mull over.

Full Review… | August 25, 2010
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Highwater

From the director of 'Step Into Liquid' (and son of the legendary director of 'Endless Summer'), comes a movie that doesn't quite make it up to par with the others. Yes, it has some great surf footage from the top pro-surfers (guys & ladies), but the movie can't decide if it's a documentary on 2009's Triple Crown contest or a documentary about life and the history of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. If you love surfing, you'll like it. If you don't, you'll at least 'get it' with this movie. It explains itself well to the novice viewer. I'd choose a few other surf movies to watch first though.

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