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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) »

Taglines:

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

Gross USA:

$3,832,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Matt Adler, Gregory Harrison, and John Philbin actually did their own surfing while the pro surfers were used as stunt doubles for the more difficult maneuvers. See more »

Goofs

When Rick picks up Kiani at the party, it is night time. Almost immediately after the couple leaves, it is day time. This is the part of the movie where Kiani shows Rick her true home. See more »

Quotes

Rick: So this is where you work Turtle?
Turtle: Only when da surf's bad, Barney. Cause' when da surf's good, nobody works!
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Connections

Referenced in Blue Crush (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Body and the Beat
Written by Robert Taylor and Mark Hunter
Performed by Hunter
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a Division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Regardless of other users comments... this is truly a classic 80's surfing movie!
24 October 2005 | by jrjoesullivanSee all my reviews

Wheter or not the film is a "b" movie or not this is a definite classic! Regardless of the absence of a blockbuster budget, there is much to be taken from this film. And yes it does portray some of the locals in an accurate light. (Some of the locals are very rude and extremely territorial over certain areas of Hawaii). All in all, the rite of passage made by the main character is very heartfelt. Although it may be a little cheesy and even dated, this film is A CULT CLASSIC! A must for surfers, especially 80's kids! Do not overlook this film's position in your DVD library. Even if you do not surf, there is a great love story and explorer's feel to the film. Enjoy it.


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