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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.

Writers:

Kario Salem (screenplay), Jim Meenaghan (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Frosty Hesson
Jonny Weston ... Jay Moriarity
Elisabeth Shue ... Kristy Moriarity
Abigail Spencer ... Brenda Hesson
Leven Rambin ... Kim Moriarity
Greg Long Greg Long ... Magnificent One
Peter Mel ... Magnificent Two
Zach Wormhoudt Zach Wormhoudt ... Magnificent Three
Devin Crittenden ... Blond
Taylor Handley ... Sonny
Cooper Timberline ... Young Jay
Maya Raines ... Roquet
Harley Graham ... Young Kim
Jenica Bergere ... Zeuf
James Anthony Cotton ... Frank
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Of Men and Mavericks See more »

Filming Locations:

Half Moon Bay, California, USA See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was actually shown on the same beach that is flown over in the first few opening minutes of the film in Mid-August 2013. 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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Big Waves & Big Emotions
27 October 2012 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

When I was fifteen, I used to love listening to the beach boys with my headphones on, cutting out the rest of the world. One of my favourite songs was "In my Room" by Brian Wilson. Chasing Mavericks deals with people coming to terms with massive gaps in their lives but somehow focusing on something bigger than themselves to pull through. If you love surfing or the ocean, this movie is for you. Mavericks was brought to world wide attention with Stacey Peralta's film "Riding Giants". Jay has lost his father early in life, and has to act as a pseudo parent for his mother who suffers from the breakup. He accidentally discovers that his much older neighbour Frosty is a big wave surfer and so a teacher mentor relationship starts. Frosty, as well, has terrible father issues which continue to plague him. Their relationship develops momentum and gives each of them energy and purpose. The film underlines the choices we can make in life. Everyone has scars and issues to deal with. Do we give up and spiral downwards or do we set big goals (waves) and go after them. Jay plans carefully in his room to conquer his fears and reach his goal. Excellent and heartfelt acting.


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