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Bunker77 (2016)

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A chronicle of the wild and brief life of the 1970s' most controversial surf star and international playboy from Los Angeles, Bunker Spreckels.


Takuji Masuda


Takuji Masuda
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Credited cast:
Tony Alva ... Self
Laird Hamilton ... Self (as Laird John Hamilton)
Mike Judge ... Narrator (voice)
Johnny Knoxville ... Self


Bunker77 is the wild true story of a young American rebel seeking freedom, love, and authenticity in a chaotic world. Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable's stepson and heir to a sugar fortune, defied expectations and grew into a controversial surf star from the late 60s into the 70s. He pushed surfing's boundaries by riding very short boards in Hawaii's most critical waves as well as during a pioneering trip to South Africa's J-Bay. While Bunker mentored skateboard legend Tony Alva to his world championship and dove into collaborations with film auteur Kenneth Anger, his mysterious and surreal persona blazed to uncontainable proportions. Written by Takuji Masuda

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Far too frenetic film of a genuinely frenetic madman
15 October 2019 | by msghallSee all my reviews

Bunker Spreckels, stepson of Clark Gable and inheritor of a great fortune, was a magnetic, charming wild-man surfer in the 70's. He was colorful, funny and of course famous. Great fodder for a documentary. However, in trying to replicate Bunker's natural energy and originality, the filmmaker overdoes the camera movements and uses quick cuts that clutters images and feel. (To be fair to the director, the version I saw on Prime is probably not formatted correctly, resulting in the claustrophobic representation of many scenes.)

Very little of the actual subject is revealed and you're left to wonder if who this guy was. He is not interviewed other than brief audio snippets. If the director had presented this with a little restraint, Bunker might have been more defined. Instead, you're wondering why this thrill ride with no anchor?

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27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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