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
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During the party scene a girl screams "Waxer, no!" when another character, Crusher, not Waxer, attacks her. See more »
You know, Mrs. Barlow, there's something I'd like straighten out.
What's that, Matt?
Well, I did a lot of things around here I'm kind of ashamed of. I tore up your lawn with my '40 Ford...
Took my pants off in front of your friends...
And I even passed out in your closet, but I never, and I don't know who could have if I didn't, but I never, and I repeat never, ever pissed in your steam iron.
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What is it about Big Wednesday that inspires so much affection? I won't repeat the many tributes that have been made here, and yes, I was a surfer, and yes, this is in my top five of all time movies, and yes, I watch it about once every eighteen months.
But something others don't seem to mention much is the perfect score that Basil Poledouris wrote for the movie, sound which echoes and complements the action throughout, and reminds me strongly of artists and music of the time like Jack Nitzches "Lonely Surfer", and "Beyond the Break". Not, for heaven's sake, the Beach Boys or Jan and Dean.
But isn't that a big part of good movies? When music, image and story all combine? (Discuss)
The other four of my five are "Andrei Rublev", "If..." "The Piano" "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
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