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The Endless Summer (1966)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Sport | 17 August 1968 (Japan)
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The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Hynson Michael Hynson ... Principal surfer (as Mike Hynson)
Robert August Robert August ... Principal surfer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lord James Blears Lord James Blears ... Himself (as Lord 'Tally Ho' Blears)
Bruce Brown ... Narrator
Terence Bullen Terence Bullen ... South African guide
Roy Crump Roy Crump ... North Shore Surfer
Chip Fitzwater Chip Fitzwater ... Himself - Bodysurfer at the Wedge with 'rigor mortis of the stomach.'
Chuck Gardner Chuck Gardner ... Himself - Bellyboarder at the Wedge throwing board over wave
Wayne Miyata Wayne Miyata ... Himself
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They call it The Endless Summer the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime...They live their dream. Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theaters, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what's most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself, and once you've seen it, you'll never forget why. Written by Anonymous

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A Bruce Brown Film in Brilliant Color See more »

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Documentary | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A végtelen nyár See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Bruce Brown Films See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the "L.A. Weekly", after the film was edited, Michael Hynson and Bruce Brown (I) toured the U.S. in a bus in the summer of 1964, screening the documentary in high school auditoriums and Lions Clubs. The film originally didn't even have audio; Brown would play surf records and narrate the action live. See more »

Goofs

Walking down to the beach in Ghana, West Africa, both Mike Hynson and Robert August are wearing white bathing suits. A few moments later on the same beach Mike Hynson is now wearing a blue bathing suit. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [while surfing in Durban, South Africa] They call their bathing suits 'costumes' - in America we'd call that thing a g-string!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to old king Neptune for providing the waves in this film See more »

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Footage not originally shown in the movie is shown in the documentary "Endless Summer Revisited". See more »

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Referenced in Soul Surfer (2011) See more »

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Good Greeves
Written by Gaston Georis and John Blakeley
Performed by The Sandals
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Tasty Waves and Exotic Locales-Forever Timeless!
23 July 2004 | by LAKERS34See all my reviews

What a fun little film this is! Every 5 or 6 years I revisit this work and enjoy it as much as the first time I saw it. My hat is off to Bruce Brown for having the vision and determination to create this film. With cinematography, music, and narration that is easy on the mind and eyes, this film floats through the screen and has you envisioning your own paradise, whether or not you're a surfing aficionado. The two featured surfers in this film are at the top of their sport and seem to be doing it only for love - NOT for big prizes or cash purses. There is a unique innocence about this film that is very appealing.

See this film because it is not violent. See it because there are no special effects (save one or two jerky camera moves). See it because it takes you back to a simpler time when the world (and you do see much of the world) seems much simpler. Still fun and still an inspiration, this film will remain forever timeless...


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