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Point Break (1991)

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An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

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Kathryn Bigelow

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Rick King (story), W. Peter Iliff (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Bodhi
Keanu Reeves ... Johnny Utah
Gary Busey ... Pappas
Lori Petty ... Tyler
John C. McGinley ... Ben Harp (as John McGinley)
James Le Gros ... Roach
John Philbin ... Nathanial
Bojesse Christopher ... Grommet
Julian Reyes Julian Reyes ... Alvarez
Daniel Beer ... Babbit
Chris Pedersen ... Bunker
Vincent Klyn Vincent Klyn ... Warchild
Anthony Kiedis ... Tone
Dave Olson Dave Olson ... Archbold
Lee Tergesen ... Rosie
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, California, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-Presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon, and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers, and send young Agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi, and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Point Break: 100% Pure Adrenaline! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny Utah See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,218,387

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,000,000, 31 December 1991
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bojesse Christopher (Grommet) and John Philbin (Nathaniel) were pro surfers, who acted on the side. See more »

Goofs

When Utah and Bodhi are surfing together at night, they surf towards their left as the wave is breaking. In the next shot they are moving towards their right, in an area of the wave that has already broken. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shooting Instructor: [Agent Utah finishes his gun range test] 100%, Utah. Good job!
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Alternate Versions

The 15-rated UK cinema version was trimmed by 25 secs to obtain the lower rating by the BBFC. There were five cuts to remove bullet impacts, cuts to shots of a naked woman being fired at during the house raid and several cuts to remove aggressive strong language. The cuts were restored the following year when the distributors opted for an 18 certificate for the video release. This same cut was resubmitted in 2011 and received a 15 certificate. See more »

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An under-rated classic
6 January 1999 | by KeegenSee all my reviews

Point Break is one of those films that everybody loves, but that nobody actually talks about all that often. It is a film that if you mention it in conversation, everyone else around is bound to say how much they enjoyed it.

The film's two main assets are unexpected ones, in the form of the direction and the script. The direction by Kathryn Bigelow is nothing short of excellent. Her handling of the action and suspense scenes is exciting and riveting. The two sky-diving scenes are brilliant as is the foot chase through the streets (and houses) of the city. The script, by W. Peter Illif, is also very good and the best thing about the film. The plot is multi-layered and has an original relationship between the hero and the villain. The way the story resolves itself and the ultimate resolutions is excellent, by the standards of most Hollywood action films.

This film deserves to be remembered as one of the better actioners of the nineties, not up there with Die Hard 2/3 or Speed, but better than 90% of the action junk made nowadays. At least this film has a plot.


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