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

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

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,218,387 (USA)
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At one point there were talks of making a Point Break 2, with Keanu Reeves reprising his role as Johnny Utah and Patrick Swayze reprising his role as Bodhi (apparently, Bodhi survived the ending). The real life death of Swayze put an end to these plans. See more »

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As Johnny and Tyler are walking up to the beach after his surf lessons, they look out at Bodhi surfing, and between each shot his wetsuit alternates between being a shorty and a full length. See more »

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Johnny Utah: I've been to every city in Mexico. I came across an unclaimed piece of meat in Baja, turned out to be Rosie. I guessed he picked a knife fight with somebody better. Found one of your passports to Sumatra, I missed you by about a week at Fiji. But, I knew you wouldn't miss the fifty year storm, Bodhi.
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Criminal
Performed by Public Image Ltd. (as Public Image Limited)
Written by John Lydon (as Johnny Lydon), John McGeoch (as John McGheog),
Allan Dias (as Alan Dias)
Produced by James Barton (as Jimbo Barton)
Courtesy of Virgin Records, Ltd.
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The film for an adrenaline generation
14 October 2004 | by (Pirongia, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Thirteen years on it sounds a little trite - an FBI agent examines his inner self whilst trying to bring down a gang of surfer bank robbers by infiltrating their scene. But dude, how Point Break pulled this off!

In what can now safely be regarded as one of the more generation-defining cinematic moments of the nineties, Point Break serves as not just a credible well-paced action thriller spectacle, but also as a voice for advocates of the adrenalin rush. The movie's sleeper popularity at the time would no doubt have helped issue in a new generation of 'X' sports for a new generation, as hungry sponsors leapt at a new market.

Kathryn Bigelow takes some key pointers from then hubby James Cameron and paces the movie brilliantly. There are many key moments of unique action - that chute-less jump from 4,000 feet being the highlight - that filled the trailer, but it is the cumulative effect of bringing these moments together that adds to the picture. For so many films the denouement is a gross failure but Bigelow controls the films peaks and troughs expertly and the ending is genuinely well handled, something that appears to be a real struggle for Hollywood today.

In what will go down as Patrick Swayze's finest moment on film, he plays the adrenalin guru Bodhi with glaze-eyed and silver tongued expertise, and manages to pull off the very difficult assignment of being both sane and insane simultaneously with accomplishment.

You can almost feel pulled by Bodhi's enthusiasm for a sensation 'as close as you get to God', and as a result can excuse the decade for being labeled that of the 'slacker' generation. The nineties weren't about slacking, just looking for a different kind of high.


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