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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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Storyline

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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The Search for the Perfect Wave See more »

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Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Endless Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

French Polynesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,233
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Bruce Brown Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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: Many of us ride winter and summer, but the ultimate thing for us would be to have an endless summer. The only way to do this is to travel around the world.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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

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The definitive surf movie.
12 March 1999 | by TroyAirSee all my reviews

Forget the Hollywood teen scene movies from the 60's with Frankie and Annette. That was teen exploitation (and the teens knew it and didn't watch them, either). This movie is completely different.

"Endless Summer" is not exactly a drama, but not exactly a documentary either. You follow two young surfers as they travel the globe looking for the elusive "Endless Summer" of year-round surfing. The narration is hilarious and the surf action will make even the novice landlubber want to grab a raft and skip across the backyard pool.

No bikini-clad girls trying to understand boys. No swim-trunk clad boys trying to understand girls. No meddling chaperones and hilarious hi-jinks. No musical guest stars. What you get is one of the best films about surfing and Life. Period.

Surfers will own it already, but for those who haven't seen it - see it.


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