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Point Break (1991)

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An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

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Storyline

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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12 July 1991 (USA)  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,218,387 (USA)
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Trivia

In her DVD commentary for her movie Strange Days (1995), director Kathryn Bigelow describes filming the foot chase scenes in Point Break using a stripped-down, hand-held 35mm camera nicknamed the "Pogo-Cam". The camera weighed 18 pounds and was equipped with gyro-stabilizer borrowed from a Steadicam. A wire loop on top of the camera gave Steadicam operator 'James Muro' a rough idea of what was in the frame as he followed the actors at breakneck speed. See more »

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During the night time football game on the beach, Johnny is seen running down the beach and knocking several guys down in pursuit of tackling Bodhi. It is clearly the same guy being knocked down over and over again. Its the same shot being shown at different angles to make it appear like its more people. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shooting Instructor: [Agent Utah finishes his gun range test] 100%, Utah. Good job!
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Referenced in Heartland: Breaking Point (2013) See more »

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So Long Cowboy
Performed and Written by Westworld
Produced by Ralph Jezzard
Courtesy of Savage Records Ltd.
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11 June 2000 | by (Stoke, England) – See all my reviews

I must have seen this film a dozen times now, and I'm not going to stop watching it until I'm well and truly sick of it - it's just superb.

Certain sequences are stunning - the camera work during the chase and free fall scenes leave you breathless, and the surfing footage is excellent. The acting is generally good, particularly Busey as a veteran FBI agent, but Keanu's usual expressionless vocals and face disappoint. The script is sharp and witty. And the stunts really shine, particularly the Bond-style psycho skydiving near the end.

This is, in my opinion, a very underrated film which deserved better from the critics.


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