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Big Wednesday (1978)

The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Lopez
Shopping Cart (as Hank Warden)
Sally's Husband
Dennis Aaberg ...


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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A day will come that is like no other... and nothing that happens after will ever be the same See more »


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Release Date:

3 October 1978 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Summer of Innocence  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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A classic movie... the best surf movie of all times
13 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

A movie about surf, friendship and the hardness in growing up.

The movie has great surf pictures, great surfers (Gerry Lopez himself), it has a beautiful script and was very well directed.

I think this movie is already a classic for surfers and non-surfers... ;-)

I watch the movie in VHS long ago, and i´m waiting for the DVD (next month)

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