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Surfwise (2007)

R  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  9 May 2008 (USA)
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Doug Pray explores the life of surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz.

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Juliette Paskowitz ...
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David Paskowitz ...
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Jonathan Paskowitz ...
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Abraham Paskowitz ...
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Israel Paskowitz ...
Himself (as Israel 'Izzy' Paskowitz)
Moses Paskowitz ...
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Adam Paskowitz ...
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Himself (as Salvador Daniel Paskowitz)
Navah Paskowitz ...
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Josh Paskowitz ...
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Dorian Paskowitz ...
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Adrian Paskowitz ...
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The inspiring and tumultuous story of 85-year old surfer, health advocate and sex guru, Dr. Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children who were all home-schooled and raised in a small camper on the beach, where they surfed and had to adhere to the strict diet and lifestyle of animals in the wild. Written by Doug Pray

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Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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9 May 2008 (USA)  »

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$127,000 (estimated)

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$10,304 (USA) (9 May 2008)

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$268,560 (USA) (1 August 2008)
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The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2007. While all Paskowitz family members were scheduled to attend, four brothers were stuck in New York, as bad weather in both New York and Toronto prevented them from getting on the plane. See more »

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Got You (Where I Want You)
Written by Adam Paskowitz, James Book, Nick Lucero and Peter Predichizzi
Performed by The Flys
Published by Ensign Music o/b/o itself and Coach And Hooch Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Windswept Holding LLC o/b/o Kirtland Records
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One Man's American Dream
15 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dorian Paskowitz marches to a different drummer and he marched his wife and 9 children to that same beat. The sad theme was that "Doc" naively behaved as if his children were clones of him.

Anyone who is emotionally invested in eliminating diversity from our society will probably have a strong negative reaction to this film.

I'm glad the family decided to pull together for this film. Keeping group of siblings on good terms is a challenge for any family. This family has very special reasons for harboring animosity towards each other and I think it is a testament to the power of love and discipline that they seem to have come to terms with their lot in life.

If Doc and Juliette had been abusive alcoholics living in welfare housing there would have been no movie, nothing unique and certainly no happy reunion at the end. Those families are more acceptable and less remarkable than the Paskowitz family to the American sensibilities because they do not eschew the State but are assimilated into its worst functions.

I wish the kids would have spoken out against family violence. The film doesn't sweep it under the carpet but it certainly doesn't use the opportunity to speak out against it either. Jahfre


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