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North Shore (1987)

An Arizona surfer, laughed at by the veteran boarders in Hawaii, finds a mentor - and a girlfriend - and prepares to ride the giant waves of Oahu.

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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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 »

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:

North Shore 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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Trivia

The last film role of Cristina Raines, who went onto play a few roles as guest spots in television before retiring from acting and embarking on a career as a nurse. See more »

Goofs

In some surfing scenes Rick is seen surfing goofy-foot; in others he's regular-foot. 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

Listening
Written by Brian Canham and Tony Lugton
Performed by Pseudo Echo
Courtesy of RCA Records, a Bertelsmann Music Group Co.
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"Yo Kook! What's the haps?"
7 January 2002 | by CobblerSee 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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