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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.


Marah Strauch


Marah Strauch
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Credited cast:
Pat Sajak ... Himself (archive footage)
Phil Donahue ... Himself (archive footage)
Allison McCulloch ... Screening Party Attendee
John Long John Long ... Himself
Cecilie Bull ... Screening Party Attendee
Ellen Houlihan Ellen Houlihan ... Screening Party Attendee
Lama Mouawad Lama Mouawad ... Screening Party Attendee
Marah Strauch ... Jean Boenish
Jean Boenish Jean Boenish ... Herself
Carl Boenisch Carl Boenisch ... Himself (as Carl Boenish)
Kevin McGuinness ... Screening Party Extra
Eric Bruggemann Eric Bruggemann ... Screening Party Extra
Fred Hussøy Fred Hussøy ... Himself
Jake Suffian Jake Suffian ... Screening Party Attendee
Christian Bruno Christian Bruno ... Phil Smith


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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a film about falling See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Norway | USA



Release Date:

22 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gravity See more »

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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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"Johnny Utah" is listed with others in the "Thanks" section of the credits; a possible nod to the main character from the movie Point Break See more »


Written & Performed by John Fahey
Published by Folklore Productions, Inc.
a/c Tortoise Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Takoma Records
Used by permission of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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For man is incapable of resisting the temptation of flight.
29 September 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee 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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