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(1991)

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Keanu Reeves, who learned to surf for his role, still surfs as a hobby to this day.
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Patrick Swayze was an accomplished skydiver, and took part in the big skydiving scene. He made 55 jumps in total.
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 Los Angeles 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 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.
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 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).
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."
Officially uncredited (because of an unresolved issue with the Writers Guild of America), James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow re-wrote the final script together.
The skinny, long-haired guy in Warchild and Bunker's gang is Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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 on-screen. The uncut shot of Bodhi yelling "Adios amigo!" and falling from the plane, features Swayze actually making a jump.
Matthew Broderick was originally offered the role of Johnny Utah. Others who auditioned were Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen.
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 eighteen pounds, and was equipped with a 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.
Patrick Swayze cracked four ribs while filming the surfing scenes.
Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze appeared in Youngblood (1986).
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 Santa Monica, California. It might also be construed as a reference to Patrick Swayze's movie Road House (1989).
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).
Val Kilmer turned down the role of Johnny Utah.
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 ninety 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.
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.
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).
Patrick's Roadhouse, often attributed to an in-joke aimed at Patrick Swayze, is actually a real place located at 106 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica, California. It's right on the Pacific Coast Highway, which would be a reasonably logical place for Johnny and Bodhi to have a meal.
This is the first of two movies in which Keanu Reeves played a former Ohio State quarterback. The second was The Replacements (2000).
The song "Nobody Rides for Free", by the band Ratt, was recorded especially for 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.
Patrick Swayze felt that Bodhi was a lot like him, and that they both shared "that wild-man edge."
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.
Willem Dafoe turned down the role of Johnny Utah.
The word "fuck" is said 105 times.
Patrick Swayze originally auditioned for the part of Johnny Utah before eventually landing the role of Bodhi.
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.
People refer to The Fast and the Furious (2001) as a remake of this film.
Elizabeth Berkley had a small scene in the movie, but it was cut out.
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!"


The ex-Presidents' masks are of Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Lyndon Johnson.
Ridley Scott was the first choice to direct the movie.
U.S. rentals for the film grossed twenty million dollars. Worldwide rentals were much higher.
Co-Producer Rick King first came up with the idea for the movie, while lounging on the beach. He had been given an L.A. 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.
Bojesse Christopher (Grommet) and John Philbin (Nathaniel) were pro surfers, who acted on the side.
The film inspired a piece of cult theater, 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."
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.
Utah tosses his FBI badge in the water - which was previously done in Dirty Harry (1971) and High Noon (1952).
In Spain the movie was called "Le Llaman Bodhi", it means "They Call Him Bodhi".
This was Kathryn Bigelow's highest grossing film until Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
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.
Rick King recruited Screenwriter W. Peter Iliff to pen the script for only six thousand dollars. 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.
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 on-screen 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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The Spanish phrase, "Vaya con Dios", spoken by Johnny to Bodhi at the end of the film, in English translates to, "Go with God".
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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Keanu Reeves liked the name of his character, as it reminded him of star athletes like Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana.
Michael Biehn revealed in an interview that there were briefly talks of him co-starring as Bohdi, but plans fell through.
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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The gas station man who is soaked with gasoline by Bohdi, is stuntman Jeff Imada.
The watch shown prior to the first bank job is a Breitling Navitimer New Pluton.
Gary Busey was also in the surfing film, Big Wednesday (1978).
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Tyler's birthday is revealed to be November 27th, the same as Kathryn Bigelow.
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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The film was originally about skateboarding.
Johnny Utah's handgun is a Sig-Sauer P226.
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During the party scene, the song "If 6 Was 9" by Jimi Hendrix, is played in the background. Kathryn Bigelow and Hendrix share the same birth date (both on November 27).
The plot is the same as the Charlie Sheen movie No Man's Land (1987), and Charlie was cast as Utah, with Ridley Scott directing. But production stalled, and Sheen did Young Guns (1988), and eventually the script went in other directions.
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Pappa's handgun is an older- model 2" Charter Arm's undercover in .38 special.
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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.
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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Cast (and gang) mates John Philbin and James Le Gros share a birthday - April 27th.
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20th Century Fox had made plans for a sequel to the film to be released in the Summer of 1993. In fact, a script had been written and was in pre production. Despite the film grossing ninety million dollars worldwide, the studio decided to scrap the project.
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The film inspired a piece of cult theater, 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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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 this movie.
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 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: ten.
Bodhi, who wears the Ronald Reagan mask, is the only member of the "Ex-Presidents" that isn't shot. In real-life, Ronald Reagan was shot during an attempted assassination.
The last thing Johnny Utah says to Bodhi is "Vaya con Dios". Similarly, in Red Dawn (1984), the last words spoken to Patrick Swayze's character, Jed, is "Vaya con Dios", by Colonel Bella.
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The revolver Bodhi uses, is a Freedom Arms model 83.
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Roach carries a second generation Detonics Scoremaster.
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