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Big Wednesday (1978)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sport  -  May 1978 (USA)
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The lives of some California surfers from the early '60s to the '70s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Matt Johnson
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Jack Barlow
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Leroy Smith
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Sally Jacobson
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Peggy Gordon
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Bear
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Jim 'Waxer' King
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Himself
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Shopping Cart (as Hank Warden)
Joe Spinell ...
Psychologist
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Sally's Husband
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Mrs. Barlow
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Lucy
Dennis Aaberg ...
Slick
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Enforcer
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Storyline

Matt Johnson, Jack Barlow, and Leroy Smith are three young California surfers in the 1960s. At first reveling in the carefree life of beaches, girls, and waves, they eventually must face the fact that the world is changing, becoming more complex, less answerable by simple solutions. Ultimately the Vietnam war interrupts their idyll, leaving them to wonder if they will survive until "Big Wednesday," the mythical day when the greatest, cleanest, most transcendent wave of all will come. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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wave | california | surfer | 1960s | vietnam | See more »

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A day will come that is like no other... and nothing that happens after will ever be the same See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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May 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Summer of Innocence  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Tom Berenger auditioned for the part of "Jack Barlowe" that went to William Katt. See more »

Goofs

During the 1962 party at Jack's house, his mother is reading the book 'Catch-22', a book first published in 1961. However, the copy she is reading is an edition that had not yet been printed. The photo of author Joseph Heller on the back of the jacket is clearly from years later than 1962. See more »

Quotes

[Leroy the Masochist pretends to be insane to avoid being drafted]
Psychologist: I see here they call you a masochist.
Leroy the Masochist: I like pain.
Psychologist: Can you be specific? What kind of pain do you like?
Leroy the Masochist: Any kind of pain.
Psychologist: Such as?
Leroy the Masochist: I like fights, I've dove through windows, I've eaten light bulbs, I like sharks, any kind of blood. If you gave me a gun, I'd shoot you in the face just to see what it looked like when the bullet hit.
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Locomotion
(uncredited)
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by Little Eva
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14 March 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in 1978, my father took me to see it with my brothers at the drive-in as a double feature with "Every Which Way But Loose." It's a movie that I have never forgotten. It combines brilliantly heart gripping surfing action, heart wrenching emotions, and heart uplifting humour, all set against the back-drop of the Vietnam War, teenagers growing up, the wisdom of elders (Bear) and of course, the surfing.

I've never surfed a minute of my entire life (although whenever I watch this, I feel like I should), so don't think of this as a "surf movie". It simply is an excellent piece of cinematic history that you will feel you missed on if you never see it.

Recommended with 2 thumbs way way way up.


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