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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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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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100% Pure Adrenaline. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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
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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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Trivia

The youngest of the gang of surfers in the film is known by the nickname "Grommet". In surfer slang, a grommet is a young kid or an inexperienced surfer. See more »

Goofs

During the night time football game on the beach, Johnny is seen running down the beach and knocking several guys down in pursuit of tackling Bodhi. It is clearly the same guy being knocked down over and over again. Its the same shot being shown at different angles to make it appear like its more people. See more »

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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

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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My City
Performed by Shark Island
Written by Spencer Sercombe, Greg Ellis
Produced by Duncan Bridgeman
Courtesy of Impact Records, J.V.
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Solid and incredible thriller with spectacular scenes about surfing and skydiving
17 March 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

FBI agent going up against a bank robberies executed by a band masked like US President, wearing Johnson, Carter, Nixon and Reagan masks. Although they never shoot anybody and never go into the vaults. The agent is hot on the trail but he's sucked by Patrick Swayze guru, a leader of the beach subculture, a fun-loving with destructive ways who plays cat and mouse game with the Feds. Meanwhile Reeves falls in love with Lori Petti, a beautiful surfing trainer.

This is a story of surfers and skydivers in Southern California. Impressive scenario and there are enough dazzling surfing and airborne stunts to keep you amused. Keanu Reeves as astute agent and Patrick Swayze as a thrill-seeker guru, help raise potential action-adventure story to a higher plane. Emotive and moving musical score by means of synthesizer, is splendidly made by Mark Isham with a Vangelis style. The film created the 'Skydiving sub-genre', such as, ¨Drop zone(John Badham), Terminal velocity(Deran Serafian) and Cutaway(Guy Manos)¨ among others. Nostalgic surfers with more than a little patience because the runtime is about two half and some, will enjoy this ode to the beach and mysticism and seeking the perfect wave. It's well directed by Kathryn Bigelow with a perfect and assured direction which keeps this movie on the edge of your seat.


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