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(1991)

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The ex-presidents' masks are of Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson.
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Patrick Swayze was an accomplished skydiver and took part in the big skydiving scene. He made 55 jumps in total.
Keanu Reeves, who learned to surf for his role still surfs as a hobby to this day.
Johnny Utah became a FBI agent after a knee injury ended his football career. In real life, Keanu Reeves was once an aspiring hockey player who suffered a knee injury and went on to become an actor.
Keanu Reeves observed real FBI agents in L.A. to study for the role. He also practiced with UCLA quarterback coaches to help with the football scene.
Tyler explains to Johnny Utah that Patrick Swayze's character is named Bodhi, the Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is a term in the Buddhist religion meaning an enlightened being who, out of compassion, forgoes nirvana in order to save others. Bodhi means "wakefulness".
The beach spot where the football game is played at the beginning of the film is the same spot used for the soccer game in The Karate Kid (1984).
The film was originally called Johnny Utah when Keanu Reeves was cast in the title role. The studio felt that this title said very little about surfing and by the time Patrick Swayze was cast, the film had been renamed Riders on the Storm after the famous rock song by The Doors. However, the lyrics had nothing to do with the film and so that title was also rejected. It was not until halfway through filming that Point Break became the film's title because of its relevance to surfing.
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.
Matthew Broderick was originally offered the role of Johnny Utah. Others who auditioned were Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen .
Officially uncredited (because of an unresolved issue with the Writers Guild of America), James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow re-wrote the final script together.
Johnny reports to Angelo on Bodhi's movements that day. He comments on how he ate lunch at Patrick's Roadhouse, which is an actual restaurant in LA. It might also be construed as a reference to Patrick Swayze's movie Road House (1989).
The skinny, long-haired guy in Warchild and Bunker's gang is none other than Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
This is the first of two movies in which Keanu Reeves played a former Ohio State quarterback. Nine years later, in The Replacements (2000), he again appeared portraying a one-time OSU quarterback.
Val Kilmer turned down the role of Johnny Utah.
When Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) is introduced to Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) on the beach, he remarks that Utah's surfboard reminds him of a '57 Chevy he used to have. Swayze previously drove a '57 Chevy in Dirty Dancing (1987).
The scene in which Utah jumps after Bodhi without a parachute was tested by MythBusters (2003). It was determined that Utah and Bodhi would not have been able to free-fall for 90 seconds (as in the film), nor would they have been able to hold a conversation in mid-air. However, it was determined that, by streamlining his body, Utah could have conceivably caught up with Bodhi after jumping from the plane.
Willem Dafoe turned down the role of Johnny Utah.
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.
The word "fuck" is said 105 times.
For many of the surfing scenes, Patrick Swayze refused to use a stunt double as he never had one for fight scenes or car chases.
The girl seen dancing (after the guy shakes his tongue at the camera) when Utah enters Bodhi's house party is the same dancer in Billy Idol's 'Cradle of Love' music video
The song "Nobody Rides for Free." by the band Ratt was recorded especially the film's soundtrack. It does not appear on any of the band's studio albums, but is included on the band's greatest hits album Ratt N' Roll 81-91.

The song was also the final single released by the band in its classic line up form.
Two months before filming, Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Lori Petty trained with former world class professional surfer Dennis Jarvis on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Jarvis remembers, "Patrick said he'd been on a board a couple of times, Keanu definitely had not surfed before, and Lori had never been in the ocean in her life."
Patrick Swayze, who participated in skydiving as a hobby, was told to stop for insurance purposes once production began. Producers coaxed him into the agreement with the promise of letting the star do one actual skydive onscreen. The uncut shot of Bodhi yelling "Adios amigo!" and falling from the plane features Swayze actually making a jump.
Patrick Swayze is not the one wearing the Reagan mask during the foot chase sequence. Instead, his stunt double, Scott Wilder, performed the scene because Swayze was in Europe doing press for Ghost (1990).
Elizabeth Berkley had a small scene in the movie, but it was cut out.
Patrick Swayze felt that Bodhi was a lot like him and that they both shared "that wild-man edge."
Two scenes from the movie that were deleted from the final cut but were shown in the theatrical trailer are:
  • Bodhi and Utah are in Bodhi's truck. Utah is shooting with a gun on the left side. Bodhi says, "This is gonna be a great day, Johnny!"


  • Utah meets Harp at his office with his surfboard. Harp is angry and says, "You are not here to pick up girls, Utah." Utah replies, "The original term is 'babes', sir!"


US rentals for the film were $20 million; worldwide rentals were much higher.
People reference The Fast and the Furious (2001) as a remake of this film.
Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze had appeared together once before, in Youngblood (1986).
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Patrick Swayze cracked four ribs while filming the surfing scenes.
In Spain the movie was called "Le Llaman Bodhi", it means "They Call Him Bodhi".
Ridley Scott was the first choice to direct the movie.
The last large budget film Patrick Swayze starred in.
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This film and Platoon (1986), both feature Chris Pedersen and John C. McGinley. Also, Keanu Reeves auditioned for a role in Platoon, while Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp, and Willem Dafoe were contenders for the role of Utah.
Utah tosses his FBI badge in the water - which was previously done in Dirty Harry (1971) and High Noon (1952).
Co-producer Rick King first came up with the idea for the movie while lounging on the beach. He had been given an LA Weekly article about Los Angeles being the robbery capital of America and dreamed up a movie about an FBI agent infiltrating a surf gang that robs banks to fuel their fun.
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The film inspired a piece of cult theatre, Point Break Live!, in which the role of Johnny Utah is played by an audience member chosen by popular acclamation after a brief audition. The new "Keanu" reads all of his (or her) lines from cue-cards for the duration of the show, "to capture the rawness of a Keanu Reeves performance even from those who generally think themselves incapable of acting."
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Patrick Swayze originally auditioned for the part of Johnny Utah before eventually landing the role of Bodhi.
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According to Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze was so nuts about skydiving that he actually badgered him until he gave in and agreed to go with him after filming.
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To get close-ups of the actors during the skydiving sequences, a crane rig with a telescoping arm was built for each actor. The rigs enabled the cast to say their lines while the camera shot them from below to achieve the sense of floating while skydiving.
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The youngest of the gang of surfers in the film is known by the nickname "Grommet." In surfer slang, a grommet is a young kid or an inexperienced surfer.
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The gas station man who is soaked with gasoline by Bohdi is stuntman Jeff Imada.
Bojesse Christopher (Grommet) and John Philbin (Nathaniel) were pro surfers who acted on the side.
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Michael Biehn revealed in an interview that there were briefly talks of him co-starring as Bohdi, but plans fell through.
The watch shown prior to the first bank job is a Breitling Navitimer New Pluton.
The Spanish phrase, "Vaya Con Dios" spoken by Utah to Bodhi at the end of the film in English translates to, "Go With God"
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Tyler's birthday is revealed to be November 27th, the same as director Kathryn Bigelow.
During the raid on the drug dealers' house, a poster for Metallica's hit single One is briefly visible.
Second unit director and stunt coordinator Glenn R. Wilder held fight training sessions for the cast on weekends because Kathryn Bigelow wanted the actors to do their own fights onscreen without stuntmen. Anthony Kiedis was allegedly the only cast member to miss this training, so Wilder had his character knocked out with one punch during the first fight sequence in the movie.
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Patrick Swayze actually based aspects of his character after one of his stunt doubles, Darrick Doerner, a top big wave surfer.
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During the party scene, the song If 6 Was 9, performed by Jimi Hendrix is played in the background. The film's director Kathryn Bigelow and Hendrix share the same birth date (both on November 27).
Keanu Reeves liked the name of his character as it reminded him of star athletes like Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana.
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To get a sense of frenetic energy for the foot chase scene, Kathryn Bigelow and her crew shot the sequence with what they dubbed the "pogo-cam," which was a rig that mounted a gyro-stabilized camera on a body-length pole that could be led by the cameraman shooting the actors in front or behind him.
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Rick King recruited screenwriter W. Peter Iliff to pen the script for only $6000. Since the pay was paltry, Iliff had to wait tables at a restaurant during the day before going home to write the script at night.
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This was Kathryn Bigelow's highest grossing film until Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
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Chris Pederson's character in Platoon (1986) was also a surfer.
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In 2013, Alcon Entertainment announced it plans to re-make the picture, with Ericson Core directing a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer.
The film was originally about skateboarding.
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Keanu Reeves described his character as a "total control freak and the ocean beats him up and challenges him. After a while everything becomes a game...He becomes as amoral as any criminal. He loses the difference between right and wrong."
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In this movie, Johnny Utah is a former football player-turned FBI agent. In Black Dog (1998), Sonny, one of the characters, is a football player-turned FBI agent.
The number of Utah's pickup at the end of the movie is 549 956 EUE
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Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the alternative rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers makes a cameo in this movie
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Cast (and gang) mates John Philbin and James Le Gros share a birthday - April 27th.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

James Cameron confessed at the end of his Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) commentary that Bodhi killed himself at the end of 'Point Break'.
The members of the "Ex-Presidents" are killed in chronological order of when their respective president served in office.
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.
Body count: 10
Bodhi, who wears the Ronald Reagan mask, is the only member of the "Ex Presidents" that was shot, and survived. The real President Reagan survived an assassination attempt in which he was shot as well.
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The revolver Bodhi uses is a Freedom Arms model 83
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Roach carries a 2nd generation detonics scoremaster
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