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Five Summer Stories (1972)

 DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Producers: Greg MacGillivray, Jim Freeman
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: MacGillivray Freeman Films
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FCE2IY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Heralded as "the finest surf movie ever made," Five Summer Stories is a cultural icon, a time capsule from a watershed era when the world was at a critical crossroads and its reflection was clear in the emerging sport/art of surfing. Against a backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Nixon years, Five Summer Stories was the culmination of the joint surf-film careers of Jim Freeman and Greg MacGillivray. Code named "The Last Surfing Movie" during production, the movie portrays a young, outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution - and at an historic crux in time. Now you, too, can do what audiences of the 1970's did - you hoot and scream and go crazy - all in the privacy of your own home.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I've heard so much about Jim Freeman and Greg MacGillivray's (the founder of IMAX) film "Five Summer Stories" (and "Sunshine Sea ") many times from fellow surfers and before it was released in DVD, I'll admit seeing the VHS at various surf shop for years but I always found myself using the money towards surf wax or new boardshorts because what people were selling were these expensive limited edition signed sets and so I passed.

Flash forward many years later and it's been gnawing in the back of my mind that I still haven't seen the film yet and so, I drove to my local surf shop and picked up "Five Summer Stories" on DVD.

I've heard about how this film was one of the first major budget films as it was the first film on stereo, it was the first film that paid a surfer (Gerry Lopez) for appearing in the film and how this film literally packed theaters who just loved the surfing, seeing popular surfers from the '70s and also from the past just showing off their passion and also music by the Beach Boys and Honk.

Having watched the DVD again for I don't know how many times since I bought it, I figured that I might as well type up a review on my thoughts of the film.

The film is titled "Five Summer Stories" and features various stories somewhat broken down in five categories. The first story titled " A Hawaiian Odyssey" featuring Hawaii in 1972 and various surfers in Hawaii at various locations such as the North Shore, Sunset, Waikiki. From shots of the various activities in the 1970's, from people in Hawaii at events, to ladies in bikinis and even a young Laird Hamilton at the age of 10.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic May 17, 2007
Format:DVD
One of the best surf films I have seen and, for the first time it was a little more than 30 years ago. Gerry Lopez at his best, Jeff Hackman at Sunset, lots of frames that make me go back to old issues of The Surfer. Action, sense of humour, skateboard action, good soundtrack, magic footage by Greenough... Even today a collector's piece and enjoyed by surfers that were not born when 5 Summer Stories were "told" on the screens around the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless August 6, 2007
Format:DVD
As a surf shop manager, I see most everyone surf video that comes out, and yet this is still my absolute favorite. The fact is this video perfected the surf medium; good pacing, varied location, small bits of humor, and absolutely phenomenal music.
I've seen this movie hundreds of times, and yet it never gets old. Buy this, even someone who doesn't surf can still enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Summer Stories October 6, 2009
Format:DVD
This was the best of the first true surf movies. I have been looking for this title of and on for years. I remember seeing this movie downtown; my good friends and I took the Leeward bus from Ewa Beach. With this movie it made surfing all the more sweet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Summer Stories (and then some..) April 23, 2011
By Bus Man
Format:DVD
This re-release is not the original movie, but then again it is!! I was dissapointed to not find it in the original form that the jacket cover suggests it to be . That said, I was 'there'(Huntington Beach Surf Theatre) when this movie came out and it was followed by 5 Summer Stories Plus 1, ..then 5 S S Plus 2..etc.. I think they got up to about ' 5 SS Plus 4 ' or so, I lost track ! This ' Version' is a carefully crafted montage of 'all' the 5 Summer Story films.... Yes I want the ' first / original 'un mixed' version too !' This should be titled something like 5 Summer Stories the Mixed Chronicles.. but that might confuse 'Spicoli' so guess they kept it simple and figured many were too buzzed to know the difference this many years later... LOL.. Still, lots of stoke and it's the closest thing you can get to that point in time and day ... many good memories. P.S. Buy the Honk CD for the best Honk tunes that were in the original release of the movie, much cleaner studio recordings, especially of the tune, Pipeline Sequence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the standard for which all surf flicks are judged January 30, 2011
Format:DVD
Saw the original release in Seal Beach during quarter break from Cal Poly. Waited some twenty plus years for it to be released on VHS. Simply, it is the best surf movie ever recorded. Sometimes I will play it for the sound track alone, but catching glimpse of the surf photography from time to time. This is the one all should be judged by.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad!!!!!!! February 22, 2008
By J. loo
Format:DVD
First,I dont think anyone can come close to this classic.I was on the
north shore when they were shooting some of the footage.I was in middle
school at the time;o.c. and riding my skateboard was all i did.when 5.S.S.
came out at newport mesa theatre.I saw it 3 times.What a great impression
it made.Cause, I never forgot it.Now this dvd is an updated version.
So I cant give it a top 5 stars. If they re-release the ORIGINAL I wont
think twice about 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories June 21, 2012
By rodglen
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There is no doubt that modern surfers are phenomenally athletic and gifted but I still prefer watching guys like Lopez who seem to embrace the wave rather than attack it. This film captures the essence of what surfing is all about - not seeing how many stunts you can perform but embracing the ocean and the sheer joy of riding a wave. One of the soundtrack songs "High in the Middle", sums this up perfectly.
This is a film you will watch over and over again without getting sick of it. I'm just sorry that it took me so long to see it again after the original release in the 70's.
The DVD soundtrack is not as good a quality as the CD but with a little EQ adjustment, it's fine.
If you have ever surfed or even just admired the sport and wished you could, you will enjoy this film for it's great footage, humour and brilliant soundtrack.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast ship
Fast ship, Thanks! I was looking for this for a long while. Brings back great memories of times with friends who've passed. Music is terrific
Published 1 month ago by Dawne
5.0 out of 5 stars BRINGING BACK THE GOOD TIMES
This is a very fun surf film. It gives you a small glimpse of the surfing life. Having been a surfer my entire life this film brought back some good memories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
First saw this back in the 70s-- several times, in fact. Am so glad it's now available on DVD, and it hasn't lost any of its magic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Best surfing movies ever. The sound track is great. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know what life was really like in the '70.
Published 6 months ago by Paul Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Surf Film Ever
If you love to surf or just love the culture this movie is a must see. I began surfing back in the early 70's in San Diego and my two kids are now teens. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Steffen
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best surfing
Really a great surfing movie. Im only 24 and been surfing for most of my life but have learend alot from this movie. Cant beat it.
Published 7 months ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Best surfing movie I've seen.
Five Summer Stories is a really great surfing movie - great coverage - even included a couple of tandem surfing clips - I wish though that it had shown a little more of tandem... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Janet Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! I found it!
I saw this movie when it was first out and went to it three times in high school. Later it was pulled from the public and was not to be found in any of the video stores. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Back In The Water
I watched this movie when it was first released at the La Paloma theatre in Encinitas. Thirty years later, I was hooting and hollering just as I did that smoky night back in high... Read more
Published 13 months ago by scott paul herold
4.0 out of 5 stars That Purple Wax Poster!
As a kid, I remember seeing ads for this movie when it came out in Surfer magazine, but it never played in our area. Read more
Published 14 months ago by wabbit
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