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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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Credited cast:
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
John Long ... Himself
Christian Bruno ... Phil Smith
... Screening Party Attendee
Ellen Houlihan ... Screening Party Attendee
Eric Mofford ... Screening Party Extra
... Screening Party Attendee
... Jean Boenish
Carl Boenisch ... Himself (as Carl Boenish)
Paul Duchesne ... Screening Party Extra
Jean Boenish ... Herself
Selia Hansen ... Pretty Girl
Eric Bruggemann ... Screening Party Extra
Eiliv Ruud ... Arnstein


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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Release Date:

22 May 2015 (USA)  »

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Gravity  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,891, 29 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,875, 2 August 2015
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2. Andantino [Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (as Academy of St. Martin in the Fields), Alfred Brendel, Neville Marriner (as Sir Neville Marriner)
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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For man is incapable of resisting the temptation of flight.
29 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

There's an interesting charm of defying gravity and plummeting oneself from extreme places, swirling away from the nature, crowd and traffic below. Sunshine Superman is documentary about Carl Boenisch's life and his drive which pioneers extreme sport of base jumping. It's a humble, true to life outlook on his passion which is fascinatingly infectious and inspiring.

The movie depicts early days of base jumping before it was even called that. Using plenty of Carl's and his crew's perspective to display the thrill and deliver the brief few seconds where men take flight. Many of the clips come from retro films, which have surprisingly refined technical effect considering they had no advance tech or even GoPro back then and even had to use makeshift tools.

There's a bit of narrative to string everything together, aside from the actual interviews or personal clips. Contrary to the dangerous vibe the sport might present, Carl is a modest man. He's warm and avid about the life style, one can't help to be engage by his sheer energy. Many testimonies further set his personality, and even though he's not involved directly in this documentary, audience can still connect to the man.

It gives some ideas to casual viewers about the sport, how it began, the original team behind it and what kind of tribulation they went through. The movie is easily accessible, using simple terms and approachable real life people. Some of its high octane first person view of the sport is classic yet still exhilarating.

Sunshine Superman is a simple story about energetic man and the origin of intense sport. It presents the extraordinary nature of jumping from great heights and translates it into inviting and friendly experience for all viewers.

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