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Chasing Mavericks (2012)

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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frosty Hesson
... Jay Moriarity
... Kristy Moriarity
... Brenda Hesson
... Kim Moriarity
Greg Long ... Magnificent One
... Magnificent Two
Zach Wormhoudt ... Magnificent Three
... Blond
... Sonny
... Young Jay
... Roquet
... Young Kim
... Zeuf
... Frank
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The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Legends Start Somewhere

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some perilous action | See all certifications »

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26 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Of Men and Mavericks  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,268,274, 28 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,002,756, 13 January 2013
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Trivia

Jonny Weston was hired with no prior film or commercial acting work. He was discovered via an audition video he submitted via a casting website where anyone who's looking for modeling or acting work can sign up for, create a profile and audition for work. See more »

Goofs

When Jay is working at Pleasure Pizza, Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha" is heard playing in the background. This part of the movie takes place in 1994 but the song wasn't released until 1997. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frosty Hesson: We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again...
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Light
Written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback
Performed by Mazzy Star
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under licens from EMI Film & Television Music
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Great movie! Both thrilling and a life story.
25 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This movie was great - The filming of of the huge waves, surfers, and conditions was fantastic. I found it a beautiful story of people, the challenge of relationships, mixed with the thrill of surfing, and the athletic abilities required for the champions.

From the heart, this is a true story of a young man, Jay (Jonny Weston), who in spite of many things against him, manages to make his dream come true based on hard work. It is also the story of another man, Frosty (Gerard Butler,) who has his own personal challenges, comes to terms with some of those, and builds a relationship with a young man who needs a father. I was particularly impressed by Brenda (Abigail Spencer), Frosty's wife, who simply loved him. Maybe a strange statement, but when you see the film, you will understand.

Definitely worth seeing!


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