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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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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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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gerard Butler was a very inexperienced surfer before taking on his role in the film. Jonny Weston, on the other hand, had been surfing for about 10 years. 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 »

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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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The life of Jay lived out to its fullest leaves the viewer feeling inspired and wanting to jump right into the surfing world
1 November 2012 | by surfs_up_55See all my reviews

As a passionate surfer I always look forward to surf films as they are few and far between.The past few takes on surfing by Hollywood have been hit and miss and I think Chasing Mavericks was right on target. The story of Jay is such an inspiring one and it is done quite well as far as surf films go. Similar to the story of Stacy Peralta in Lords of Dogtown, he is an outcast who wants to turn a blind eye to the dark side of those teenage years that many are captured by. Bullies, drugs, violence all play their part in the film, but what is touching is the father son relationship that is developed with Frosty and Jay. Overall it is a great film with lots of heart and few unexpected twists and as in many surf films its fun for us surfers to pick out the cameos of pro surfers and Chasing Mavericks did not disappoint. Peter Mel, Greg Long and tonnes more mentioned in the closing credits. I think this film got surfing right with the escapist attitude and how surfing is more of a love affair with the ocean as opposed to a simple sport. It will leave you inspired and wanting to jump right into the water to Live Like Jay.

P.S. Only bad thing is no mention of Jeff Clark. A little bummed at first but I got over it :)


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