Sunshine Superman


Sunshine Superman (2015)


Critic Consensus: Sunshine Superman shines a light on a fascinating life with copious amounts of incredible, thrilling footage.


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A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE-jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight. Experience his jaw-dropping journey in life and love, to the pinnacle of his achievements when he and wife Jean broke the BASE-jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian 'Troll Wall' mountain range. Incredibly, within days, triumph was followed by disaster. Told through a stunning mix of Carl's 16mm archive footage, well-crafted re-enactments and state-of-the-art aerial photography, Sunshine Superman will leave you breathless and inspired. (C) Magnolia

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (25)

You may find "Sunshine Superman" exhilarating or you may find "Sunshine Superman" terrifying, but you almost surely will not find it boring.

Jul 28, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Engrossing, tension-filled and utterly fascinating.

Jun 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

While the doc takes a conventional and even pedestrian approach -- with multiple talking-head interviews and some re-enactments with actors -- there is also plenty of spectacular archival footage showing jumps dating back to the 1960s.

Jun 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[A] spectacular and affecting portrait.

Jun 8, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Long before there were GoPros, there was Boenish, a camera mounted on his helmet, jumping from Yosemite's El Capitan or L.A. skyscrapers under construction.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Boenish's wife, Jean, who trained to jump with him, is interviewed extensively, and, although Strauch doesn't provide much backstory for her, she emerges as that rarity -- a perfect matchup to a seemingly unmatchable man.

May 29, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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