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Sunshine Superman (2014)

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A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.

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Marah Strauch

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Marah Strauch
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Credited cast:
Pat Sajak ... Himself (archive footage)
Phil Donahue ... Himself (archive footage)
John Long John Long ... Himself
Christian Bruno Christian Bruno ... Phil Smith
Allison McCulloch ... Screening Party Attendee
Ellen Houlihan Ellen Houlihan ... Screening Party Attendee
Eric Mofford Eric Mofford ... Screening Party Extra
Cecilie Bull ... Screening Party Attendee
Marah Strauch ... Jean Boenish
Carl Boenisch Carl Boenisch ... Himself (as Carl Boenish)
Paul Duchesne Paul Duchesne ... Screening Party Extra
Jean Boenish Jean Boenish ... Herself
Selia Hansen Selia Hansen ... Pretty Girl
Eric Bruggemann Eric Bruggemann ... Screening Party Extra
Eiliv Ruud Eiliv Ruud ... Arnstein
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A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.

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If there are mountains let's climb them. If there are buildings let's jump off them. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements, some language, smoking, and a brief nude image | See all certifications »

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Norway | USA

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English

Release Date:

22 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gravity See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,891, 29 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,875, 2 August 2015
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I Can't Control Myself
Written by Reg Presley
Performed by The Buzzcocks (as Buzzcocks)
Published by Universal - Songs of Polygram Int., Inc.
on behalf of Dick James Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Parlophone Records Ltd./Mute Records Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Wow! Awe inspiring cinematography!
28 May 2015 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

If you enjoy seeing a documentary movie with awe inspiring cinematography that will educate, inspire and amaze you than you will love Sunshine Superman. I learned so much about Carl Boenish's life as an aerial cinematographer and the father of BASE jumping.

Many of Boenish's surviving colleagues as well as his wife help to tell the viewer the story of his life. He had childhood polio that he got from a vaccination. Boenish could not walk for a year due to his polio. He overcame his polio and started his career as an engineer. He eventually became a full time jumper. He said it was very important for him to be able to photograph each jump to share it with others to inspire other people.

BASE jumping, as coined by Boenish, stand for jumping off four types of starting points including buildings, antennas, spans (i.e. Bridges) and natural precipices such as cliffs. Carl Boenish said he has respect for nature's laws but not necessarily man's laws and he had legal trouble in El Capitan for jumping off the vacant Crocker building in downtown Los Angeles. In a 1984 prime time U.S. sports special hosted by David Frost, Boenish and his wife were able to break a Guinness record by jumping from Trollveggen in Western Norway.

Marah Strauch, the director of this movie spent over eight years making it. The movie reflects her passion for Carl Boenish. The footage and cinematography really make the viewer see the beauty and awe inspiring view that the jumpers have while they jumped.

My favorite part of the movie is when Carl Boenish and his wife break a Guinness record by jumping from Trollveggen in Western Norway and seeing it recorded in a prime time U.S. sports special hosted by David Frost. It is wonderful to see the excitement of both Carl and his wife when they successfully break the world record. I am impulsive and very passionate about the interests I have so I can relate to Mr. Boenish's passion for jumping and making sure he can always record it on camera.

This film teaches us to admire and appreciate the beauty and awe of nature that the jumps provide for the BASE jumpers. Carl Boenish and his fellow jumpers are basically fun-loving adventurers. In the movie, Carl says he hopes his jumping will inspire other people that they can conquer their fears seeing he and his fellow jumpers do these jumps that most of us could never dream of doing.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Adam C. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth go to kidsfirst dot org.


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