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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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Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Three friends. Twelve Turbulent Years. And One Day We All Must Face. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

May 1978 (USA)  »

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Big Wednesday  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

It is 1965, but 1970s cars are visible as they drive to the military entrance processing station. See more »

Quotes

Leroy the Masochist: Mexico! Surfboards! Guns!
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Connections

Referenced in Point Break (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

She Wears My Ring
(uncredited)
Written by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant
Heard as background theme
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11 August 2002 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

I'm watching this movie for the third time. I leave a lot time in between repeats, in this case 5 years. It's a good example of how art reflects reality in respect to the characters. One of the goofs for the movie isn't in the movie but in the filming locations listed by imdb. It says this movie about surfing and surfers was all filmed in "El Paso, Texas" This is funniest thing I have ever read on this site. You will like this movie even if you don't like surfing. If you've already seen it, see it again, it's worth it.


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