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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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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

The role of the "Enforcer" was loosely based on longtime Malibu icon and waterman Ray Kunze who looked out for John Milus (director) and Dennis Aaberg (co-writer) in the late 50's. 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: Why don't you get back to Burbank!
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Soundtracks

It's Now or Never
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Based on "O Sole Mio"
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
Music by Eduardo Di Capua
Heard as a piano piece in the background
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Classic.
9 November 2004 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a great film. I won't say that everyone would like it, because there is always someone who will hate it. But I love this movie and cannot imagine hating it. I watch it again and again, mostly for Jack who is wonderful in his personality and development. I can't rate this highly enough. The surfing scenes are spectacular, and watching the characters slowly mature and try to cope with life as an adult is always worth watching. Seeing Matt in particular struggle with his unwanted hero status and seeing his friends grow up, move away or die is really something to see. What he would have done without the capable, beautiful, indefatigable Peggy is anyone's guess. However, I must say that you either get it or you don't.


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