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Point Break (1991)

 -  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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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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surfer | undercover | fbi | mask | beach | See more »

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

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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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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$43,218,387 (USA)
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Keanu Reeves, who learned to surf for his role still surfs as a hobby to this day. See more »

Goofs

The Ex-Presidents are in and out in 90 seconds according to Pappas. Bohdi backs this up when he asks Johnny for 90 seconds of his life. However, when Pappas and Utah stake out the one bank where the chase ensues, the Ex-Presidents are in and out in 44 seconds. See more »

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Pappas: Utah! Get me two!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) See more »

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I Want You
Performed by Concrete Blonde
Written by Johnette Napolitano
Produced by Concrete Blonde with Chris Tsangarides
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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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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