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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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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:

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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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Carl and Jean Boenish were the original free spirits
30 March 2016 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

As documentaries go this film was in the process of being made from the first day that Carl Boenish decided that it would be a cool idea to jump off of a very high cliff, and if at all possible, film his own descent by attaching a camera on to the top of his helmet. In todays technical environment of March 2016, with wing span suits, and more importantly Go Pro cameras that weigh less than two (2) pounds jumping off of a mountain cliff, or a building skyscraper roof is still a huge adrenalin rush, and yes, sky divers, or BASE jumpers as Carl Boenish coined his daredevil activity are still dying for their adrenalin rush today. The equipment used today in BASE jumping may be more technically advanced and safer but there is still a lot of danger and significant risk involved. BASE jumping, is an acronym for Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth.

I think what makes this documentary most interesting is some of the people who knew Carl and base jumped with him, as did his wife Jean Boenish hundreds of times, didn't talk about Carl being crazy, or egotistical, or even a film hog. No Carl Boenish was described by his friends, family, and peers as one of the most interesting and intriguing characters they have ever known. I can only imagine what Carl Boenish would be attempting to do if he were alive today. I am sure Carl would be a polar opposite of someone like Johnny Knoxville of the TV/film fame Jackass.

I was most impressed with the pre-planning Carl and his wife Jean would document before attempting any of their jumps. As their BASE jumping in the 1980's was a first not only for the USA, but around the world their reputation preceded them and their BASE jumps were breaking Guinness Book of World records right up to the days prior to Carl's untimely accident in 1984 in Norway.

This documentary reflects the true love (and more importantly trust) that Carl and Jean had in each other as they completed BASE jump after BASE jump with each other. Carl had a lust for life and continued to challenge not only himself but the other BASE jumpers who chose to jump with him. Knowing how the BASE jumping equipment has evolved over the past 30 years, and GoPro cameras light weight and camera resolution have redefined documentaries of today, one can only imagine what Carl and Jean Boenish would be capable of capturing on film today. Sunshine Superman is well worth watching and rates an 8 out of 10 score.


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