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Big Wednesday (1978)

The lives of some California surfers from the early '60s to the '70s.

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Cast

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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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Bear
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Jim 'Waxer' King
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Himself
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Shopping Cart (as Hank Warden)
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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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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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Three friends. Twelve Turbulent Years. And One Day We All Must Face. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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3 October 1978 (Italy)  »

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Summer of Innocence  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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This is the final theatrical film of Barbara Hale. See more »

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Jack's induction notice says he is to serve in the United States Marine Corps. When he comes home from Vietnam he is an Army Green Beret. See more »

Quotes

Leroy the Masochist: More beer!
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Lucille
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Written by Little Richard and Albert Collins
Performed by Little Richard
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Top five movie music - take a bow Basil
20 October 2005 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

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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