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Sunshine Superman (2015)

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

Full Review… | July 28, 2015
Detroit News
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Engrossing, tension-filled and utterly fascinating.

Full Review… | June 9, 2015
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015
Toronto Sun
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[A] spectacular and affecting portrait.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Sunshine Superman

Do yourself a favor and, instead of the usual rehashed Hollywood fare, go see Sunshine Superman. It is an uplifting celebration of life, courage, freedom of spirit and a life well-lived. Many people live their whole lives without doing anything special. Take a page from Carl Boenish's book- don't be one of those people.

Jon Deaux
Jon Deaux

Very inspiring, even though a stupid mistake stemming from a stupid decision made while physically fatigued, the worst possible time to make any important decision, let alone one that could cost your life, ended the life of the founder of the sport, right after he achieved the highest success of his career. The take home message is: never let your ego go to your head, and always listen to your wife.

John Ueng
John Ueng

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