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North Shore (1987)

Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in ... See full summary »

Director:

William Phelps

Writers:

William Phelps (story), Randal Kleiser (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Adler ... Rick
Gregory Harrison ... Chandler
Nia Peeples ... Kiani
John Philbin ... Turtle
Gerry Lopez ... Vince
Laird Hamilton ... Lance Burkhart
Robbie Page Robbie Page ... Alex Rogers
Mark Occhilupo Mark Occhilupo ... Occy
John Paragon ... Professor
Rocky Kauanoe Rocky Kauanoe ... Rocky
Lokelani Lau Lokelani Lau ... Anela
Cristina Raines ... Rick's Mother
Tiffany Pestana Tiffany Pestana ... Chandler's Daughter
Corky Carroll Corky Carroll ... Corky Carroll
Joe Teipel Joe Teipel ... Pipeline Announcer
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Storyline

Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, after winning a surfing contest in an Arizona wave pool by his home. Once in Hawaii, he immediately finds out that he knows nothing about the local habits, customs, or pecking order which cause him some starting problems. After being robbed by the local surf gang, he has a chance meeting with famous surfboard shaper Chandler, and after figuring out they have an artistic connection, Chandler offers Rick a place to sleep and something to eat. Chandler teaches him how to "read" the big waves and the difference between 'soul surfers' and those who surf for fame and money. He also manages to get the attention of a beautiful young native, which further stirs the pot with the "locals" but in the end gives him the courage and determination to take what he has learned from Chandler and surf the big waves like he had dreamed he could. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Plot Keywords:

bikini | surfing | surfer | summer | hawaii | See All (29) »

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The Peak... The Dream... The Ultimate Test. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los reyes de las olas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,319,290, 16 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,832,228
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In this movie is a short clip of the late singer/ukulele musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, best known for his song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful world". See more »

Goofs

When Occy says, "I was wondering when you were going to make it into the line-up." See more »

Quotes

Turtle: Stay loose, haole.
Rick: What's a haole?
Turtle: A tourist, a mainlander, like you.
Rick: I'm not a tourist.
Turtle: Whatever, Barney.
Rick: What's a Barney?
Turtle: It's like Barno... Barnyard... a haole to the max, a kook in and out of the water. Yeah?
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Connections

Spoofed in Surf's Up (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel the Spirit
Written by Winston 'Pipe' Matthews (as Winston Matthews) and Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald (as Lloyd McDonald)
Performed by Wailing Souls
Courtesy of Island Records
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Remarkable Innocence
31 October 2011 | by wildcats76See all my reviews

Both the Rick Kane character and Turtle embody a fresh innocence rarely captured on film. This was what made this film truly golden. Gregory Harrison played his character with the gravitas of a veteran actor. Just when you thought he would venture into pomposity, he reeled it in and made you smile. Credit goes to the writers and director for that as well.

This was NOT a surfing movie. This was a coming-of-age film. Rick is green in almost every sense of the word. By the end of the film, he has learned a bit about life, love, and himself.

The crown jewel of the movie, by far, is John Philbin's portrayal of the character of Turtle. He defies any stereotypical characterizations. He is real. He's an underdog from L.A., just trying to make his way and take life day by day. He cares about others and responds to caring from others. How often do you see a surfer portrayed this way? Nia Peeples portrayed the Hawaiian girl-next-door to perfection. She loved her family, loved horses, and her boyfriend too. Like something out of a Tom Petty song.

I loved the movie. Cheesiness is artistic in and of itself. Two thumbs up.


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