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In God's Hands (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 24 April 1998 (USA)
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Three pro surfers - gifted Shane, once-great Mickey and rising young star Keoni travel to Madagascar, Bali and Hawaii in search for the ultimate wave.

Director:

Zalman King
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane Dorian ... Shane (as Patrick Shane Dorian)
Matt George ... Mickey
Matty Liu ... Keoni
Shaun Tomson ... Wyatt
Maylin Pultar Maylin Pultar ... Serena
Bret Michaels ... Phillips
Brion James ... Captain
Brian L. Keaulana Brian L. Keaulana ... Brian
Darrick Doerner Darrick Doerner ... Darrick
Pete Cabrinha Pete Cabrinha ... Pete
Rush Randle ... Rush
Mike Stewart Mike Stewart ... Stewart
Brock Little Brock Little ... Brock
Tom Stern Tom Stern ... Shane's Father
Amy Hathaway ... Girl on Train
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Storyline

In God's Hands is the story of big wave riders that go all over the globe searching to ride bigger and bigger waves. The story mostly follows Shane Dorian and his obsession with surfing. It also follows how they train for waves like that. Written by <SurferChick@alloymail.com>

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wave | travel | surfer | surfing | surfboard | See All (8) »

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To surf 40-foot waves is to put yourself... See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Todd Chesser was scheduled to fly to Maui to stunt-surf the death scene at Maui Pe'ahi (Jaws). But the surf was good in Oahu, so he stayed home, and at 9am paddled with two friends into the lineup at Outside Alligator Rock. Chesser drowned two hours later, after getting caught inside by a 25-foot set. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Shane is on the Mexican skiff, He ties his leather bag and sleeping bag to a red buoy, then throws the buoy in the water. The buoy floats away, dragging away his belongings. However, in the next shot on the boat, the sleeping bag and leather bag are visible under the surfboard. See more »

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Referenced in Blue Crush (2002) See more »

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Written by George S. Clinton
Performed by George S. Clinton
Courtesy of Red Shoes, Inc.
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screen-saver cinema
15 August 1999 | by Jaime N. ChristleySee all my reviews

If it weren't for the stunning footage of surfing in this film, it wouldn't even be worth writing about, let alone watching.

The writing, dialogue and story, is so ghastly, it's difficult to tell what Zalman King was thinking. Does he hate the sport? Did he realize that the highly polished, kinetically charged surfing sequences would have made a great documentary, and so he decided to show his contempt for them by slapping on empty-headed melodrama?

In the beginning there's some ludicrous high jinks in some African country (name of the country? I don't know -- New Orleans, I think, or maybe Hong Kong), followed by some scenes aboard a freighter (a freighter with no discernable purpose, manned by a crew of three), followed by a sequence at a surfer training camp (?), followed by scenes wherein one of the main characters gets struck down with a terrible sickness (yellow fever? small pox? heat cramps?), and then gets well. It ends with a bunch of surfing followed by a bunch of surfing.

The dialogue is hollowed-out, cheesy ersatz Kerouac, mostly from a fellow who talks into a tape recorder for some vague future purpose (Dennis Hopper in "The American Friend," anyone?)

On the upshot, if there was money spent on anything for "In God's Hands," it was the film stock and the cameras. Rarely has cinematography been this glisteningly, unabashedly beautiful, without a specific color scheme suited to the story (i.e. war movies, westerns). It rivals anything John Toll achieved in his photography for "The Thin Red Line." In the end, however, this film is reduced to being a ninety-six minute screen saver, and belongs in the same trash bin as Hype Williams' "Belly" and Claude Lelouche's "A Man and a Woman."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nas Mãos de Deus See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$555,342, 26 April 1998

Gross USA:

$1,546,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,546,414
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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