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Big Wednesday (1978)

The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matt Johnson
... Jack Barlow
... Leroy Smith
... Sally Jacobson
... Peggy Gordon
... Bear
... Jim 'Waxer' King
... Gerry Lopez
... Shopping Cart (as Hank Warden)
... Psychologist
... Sally's Husband
... Mrs. Barlow
... Lucy
Dennis Aaberg ... Slick
... Enforcer
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Matt Johnson, Jack Barlow, and Leroy Smith are three young California surfers in the 1960s. At first reveling in the carefree life of beaches, girls, and waves, they eventually must face the fact that the world is changing, becoming more complex, less answerable by simple solutions. Ultimately the Vietnam war interrupts their idyll, leaving them to wonder if they will survive until "Big Wednesday," the mythical day when the greatest, cleanest, most transcendent wave of all will come. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Three friends. Twelve Turbulent Years. And One Day We All Must Face. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »
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3 October 1978 (Italy)  »

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Summer of Innocence  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the final theatrical film of Barbara Hale (William Katt's mom). See more »

Goofs

Jack's induction notice says he is to serve in the United States Marine Corps. When he comes home from Vietnam he is an Army Green Beret. See more »

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Leroy the Masochist: More beer!
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Referenced in High Chaparall: Gary Busey (2004) See more »

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Green Onions
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Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg, and Al Jackson Jr.
Performed by Basil Poledouris
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A classic movie... the best surf movie of all times
13 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

A movie about surf, friendship and the hardness in growing up.

The movie has great surf pictures, great surfers (Gerry Lopez himself), it has a beautiful script and was very well directed.

I think this movie is already a classic for surfers and non-surfers... ;-)

I watch the movie in VHS long ago, and i´m waiting for the DVD (next month)


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