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Big Wednesday (1978)

 -  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

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

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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

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: Mexico! Surfboards! Guns!
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Connections

Referenced in High Chaparall: Charlene Tilton (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Lucille
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Written by Little Richard and Albert Collins
Performed by Little Richard
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Schmaltzy, beautifully shot coming of age drama with the ever watchable Gary Busey.
3 March 2001 | by (Southampton, England.) – See all my reviews

Gary Busey's career high as the insane "Masochist" with the irrisistable quote "More Beer!". Okay, this is a little patchy, but it's beautifully shot and has that old fashioned innocence that most modern teen films lack. The surfing rules and the leading trio is well played. Oh and I forgot to mention, the entire narration is by none other than Elm street's Fred Kreuger, a.k.a Robert Englund, which just makes it uber-cool in my minds eye; but I am biased. A great feel-good movie from when movies still felt pretty good.


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