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Point Break (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  12 July 1991 (USA)
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An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers who may be surfers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Harp (as John McGinley)
Julian Reyes ...
Chris Pedersen ...
Vincent Klyn ...
Dave Olson ...


In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 1991 (USA)  »

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Johnny Utah  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)


$43,218,387 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patrick's Roadhouse, often attributed to an in-joke aimed at' Patrick Swayze' is actually a real place located at 106 Entrada Dr. in Santa Monica. It's right on the PCH, which would be a reasonably logical place for Bodhi to have a meal. See more »


When the Ex-Presidents and Utah are driving in a van to the film's final bank robbery, the van stops at a red light. When the shot quickly cuts back to Bodhi, the angle out the rear window shows that the van is traveling quickly down the road at a full clip. See more »


Ben Harp: Do you think that taxpayers would like it Utah, if they knew that they were paying a federal agent to surf and pick up girls?
Johnny Utah: Babes.
Ben Harp: I beg your pardon?
Johnny Utah: The correct term is Babes, sir.
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So you've decided to live like Bodhi.
2 May 2006 | by (Manhattan) – See all my reviews

There are a couple of things you should remember before attempting to become a bank robbing surf god.

First: Odd's are you are no where near as cool as Bodhi and that's a major hill to climb. Here's my advice on that subject. Start smoking, everyone's a little bit cooler if they smoke. Then start drinking. A man will always be judged on how much alcohol he can consume and a woman will always be impressed, whether she likes it or not. You might also want to pick up a copy of Road House.

Second: Change your appearance. Actually you might want to start working on this immediately, as it's probably the most difficult. Grow your hair out, then use "sun in" everyday for 3 weeks. Repeat for goatee. Then go shopping. Hit up the local surf store. There your find all the ponchos and skids you will need. If there's no surf store, find a good will or second-hand shop.

Third: Meet new friends. By now you're strung out and paranoid from being alone all the time. You're going to need people to follow and worship you. Try making pamphlets explaining your cause. If pamphlets don't work, actually try talking to people. Instead of asking for change this time, try discussing sports or politics. And I know what you're thinking, finding friends is hard. Can't find them, buy them.

Finally: Funding. So you think you're ready to surf the big waves. The next step is to find money. Banks have plenty of money. Try asking nicely if they could give you some donations. If that doesn't work, try getting a job. If that doesn't work. Try robbing the bank you first went too. If that doesn't work. Start lifting weights. In jail you're going to need be able to defend yourself. Repeat step 1, watch Road House. Patrick Swayze kills like 7 people in that movie.

You're on your way. Remember your roots. You're freaking Patrick Swayze. He once survived a plane crash. He was flying the plane.

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Is this supposed to be a "so bad it's good" kind of movie? ChrRome
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