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Chasing Mavericks (2012)

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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

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The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Legends Start Somewhere

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some perilous action | See all certifications »

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26 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Of Men and Mavericks  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,268,274 (USA) (26 October 2012)

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$6,002,756 (USA) (11 January 2013)
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Michael Apted directed the last three weeks of principal photography after Curtis Hanson had to pull out for health reasons. When Hanson was proved to be in too poor of health to return, Apted ended up directing all of post-production and completing the final cut without Hanson's involvement. See more »

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In an early morning scene, a surfer is looking out a bluff to the ocean waves down below. The rising sunshine comes in from the left hand side of the frame. Even on the most south facing beach in Calif., the sun raising behind the scene. See more »

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Frosty Hesson: We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »

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Honey Baby
Written by Abraham Tanoa Kapana
Performed by Jules Larson
Produced by Jeff Cardoni
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Chasing great memories of Santa Cruz life...
28 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, yeah, I rated it excellent because Chasing Mavericks was a 10 for its genre, IMO. Better than I thought it would be - this story of Jay Moriarty was heart-felt and well-acted. Gerard Butler was spot on for guys like that in Santa Cruz at that time. Jonny Weston was surprisingly good, too, portraying Jay Moriarty.

I loved this movie, the surfing scenes were photographed well. And the scenes around Santa Cruz brought back good memories. It was a throw-back to those movies that were not CG'd out, action flicks, super-heros, etc. (all of which I love BTW). It has a home-grown feeling with interesting colors and nice photography. I lived in the Santa Cruz surfing scene, although not a surfer myself, and really enjoyed the memories of hearing about Mavericks.

Very cool movie about a good and amazingly talented young surfer and his mentor. Surfing is a tight community, esp. back then. I think reviewers who may use the term "sappy" just don't realize how sappy/cool they were! Awesome film that I think young and old will really enjoy.


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