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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 »

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... Rick
... Chandler
... Kiani
... Turtle
... Vince
... Lance Burkhart (as Laird Hamilton)
Robbie Page ... Alex Rogers
Mark Occhilupo ... Occy
... Professor
Rocky Kauanoe ... Rocky
Lokelani Lau ... Anela
... Rick's Mother
Tiffany Pestana ... Chandler's Daughter
Corky Carroll ... Corky Carroll
Joe Teipel ... Pipeline Announcer
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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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On a small stretch of coastline as powerful as a man's will, Rick Kane came to surf the big waves. He found a woman who would show him how to survive, and a challenge unlike any other. See more »

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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los reyes de las olas  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$3,832,228
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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

During the fight, Rocky's belt can be seen threaded through his belt loops. After Rick wins and Vince reaches for the belt, the belt is only wrapped around Rocky's waist. 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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Referenced in Blue Crush (2002) See more »

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Blue Hotel
Written and Performed by Chris Isaak
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Yo Kook! What's the haps?"
7 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

My top 10 films of all time include 12 Angry Men, Deliverance, and Rear Window, so you might be surprised by this review. North Shore is one of my favorite films, and it's mainly due to the character of Turtle, played by John Philbin (where are you now??) in a truly genius comic performance. Not only does Turtle get all of the best lines, but his character journey in overcoming self-doubt is a really nice & emotionally resonant element of the movie. All the actors are pleasant enough to watch, from Matt Adler (earnest and likeable) to Nia Peebles (foxy) to Gregory Harrison (Yoda-ish). Laird Hamilton is an awful actor, but you forgive him for it, because his surfing is incredible. The script is well-structured, the surfing scenes are excellent, and the romance is awesome. I really feel this is an underrated film, the best Karate Kid knockoff, and one of the best of the 80s sleepers. 9/10 P.S. I can't help but smile at that final shot. Awesome!


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