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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

Writers:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

27 banks in three years. Anything to catch the perfect wave! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-Producer Rick King first came up with the idea for the movie, while lounging on the beach. He had been given an L.A. Weekly article, about Los Angeles being the robbery capital of America, and dreamed up a movie about an F.B.I. Agent infiltrating a surf gang that robs banks to fuel their fun. 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

In the Canada version, approximately two seconds were cut when Utah was talking to Harp in Harp's office. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Brice de Nice (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

7 and 7 Is
Performed by Liquid Jesus
Produced by Todd Rigione
Co-Produced by John Hanlon
Written by Arthur Lee
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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The Sum is larger than the Parts.
23 June 1999 | by mikew-8See all my reviews

Movies are like Bands. People come together--maybe they're not even the greatest musicians individually--but together, something meshes and they make great music. It takes more than great musicians to make a great band. Just so, some movies, no matter how much money, talent, and horsepower is brought to bear, just don't coalesce. Others, like Point Break, come together with an ineffable "rightness" that defies any of the parts, logic, or analysis. This is one of my favorite movies. Period. Everything "works." This movie ROCKS.


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