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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)
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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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27 banks in three years - anything to catch the perfect wave! See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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US rentals for the film were $20 million; worldwide rentals were much higher. See more »


Johnny gets his "57 Chevy" surfboard broken at Latigo beach during the fight with Warchild and his crew. Later in the movie when he remembers about the meeting with some new clients, he is carrying the same board in perfect condition. See more »


Roach: [his feeling about jumping with parachutes] Sex with gods, you can't beat that!
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7 and 7 Is
Performed by Liquid Jesus
Produced by Todd Rigione
Co-Produced by John Hanlon
Written by Arthur Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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An under-rated classic
6 January 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Point Break is one of those films that everybody loves, but that nobody actually talks about all that often. It is a film that if you mention it in conversation, everyone else around is bound to say how much they enjoyed it.

The film's two main assets are unexpected ones, in the form of the direction and the script. The direction by Kathryn Bigelow is nothing short of excellent. Her handling of the action and suspense scenes is exciting and riveting. The two sky-diving scenes are brilliant as is the foot chase through the streets (and houses) of the city. The script, by W. Peter Illif, is also very good and the best thing about the film. The plot is multi-layered and has an original relationship between the hero and the villain. The way the story resolves itself and the ultimate resolutions is excellent, by the standards of most Hollywood action films.

This film deserves to be remembered as one of the better actioners of the nineties, not up there with Die Hard 2/3 or Speed, but better than 90% of the action junk made nowadays. At least this film has a plot.

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