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Point Break (1991)

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An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.


Kathryn Bigelow


Rick King (story), W. Peter Iliff (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Bodhi
Keanu Reeves ... Johnny Utah
Gary Busey ... Pappas
Lori Petty ... Tyler
John C. McGinley ... Ben Harp (as John McGinley)
James Le Gros ... Roach
John Philbin ... Nathanial
Bojesse Christopher ... Grommet
Julian Reyes Julian Reyes ... Alvarez
Daniel Beer ... Babbit
Chris Pedersen ... Bunker
Vincent Klyn Vincent Klyn ... Warchild
Anthony Kiedis ... Tone
Dave Olson Dave Olson ... Archbold
Lee Tergesen ... Rosie


In Los Angeles, California, 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


100% Pure Adrenaline. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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. Unbeknownst to the producers, when not on the day's call sheet Swayze and others would occasionally run out to an airport and go skydiving anyway. See more »


When Johnny is punched in the water at Latigo Beach, the surfer cuts the board cord. When Johnny is walking up to his car from the beach, his board cord is attached to the board. You can see it wrapped around the board and the ankle cuff hanging from the cord. See more »


[first lines]
Shooting Instructor: [Agent Utah finishes his gun range test] 100%, Utah. Good job!
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Alternate Versions

In the Canada version, approximately two seconds were cut when Utah was talking to Harp in Harp's office. See more »


Featured in Point Break: Adrenaline Junkies (2006) See more »


Smoke on the Water
Performed by Loudhouse
Written by Ian Gillan (as Ian Gillian), Roger Glover, Ritchie Blackmore (as Richie Blackmore),
Jon Lord, Ian Paice
Produced by Joel Martin
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Solid & Fun
22 September 2019 | by sterlinrivera-2000See all my reviews

I tried to watch Point Break a few years back, and couldn't really get into it. I then recently gave it a full look, and I happened to enjoy it quite a bit.

Point Break is about a federal agent, Johnny (Keanu Reeves) that has to put an end to these bank robbers that happen to be surfers. They are led by Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) and have a big addiction for thievery. Johnny then, however, falls in love with a female surfer, Tyler (Lori Petty) and she happens to be connected to the surfing bank robbers. So now, Tyler must decide to either stay good and stop the bad guys, or join the dark side and become one of them.

The plot was fine, and ran in a pretty moderate pace. What really helped the film was the acting and the action & surfing scenes. Reeves and Swayze worked really good together, and Gary Busey is also in this as Reeve's partner. The whole cast for the most part did a great job.

The action worked pretty well, and I loved the surfing elements in the movie. They were all shot very wel and made the film feel more intriguing.

Bottom line, Point Break is a classic and has one of Swayze's best roles that he could do.

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Release Date:

12 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Utah See more »


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,514,616, 14 July 1991

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| DTS (5.1)


Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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