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Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

Fabian , Shelley Fabares , Don Taylor , Phil Karlson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fabian, Shelley Fabares, Peter Brown, Barbara Eden, Tab Hunter
  • Directors: Don Taylor, Phil Karlson
  • Writers: Art Napoleon, Jo Napoleon
  • Producers: Art Napoleon, Jo Napoleon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006D3HCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ride the Wild Surf" on IMDb

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Three young Californians pack their boards and head for Hawaii to take on the monster waves at Oahu's North Shore. In no time, each is involved with his own beach bunny. Still, when the big contest that has brought the boys to Hawaii rolls around, the surfers are all business.

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
I think alot of people viewing "Ride the Wild Surf",from 1964 believe they are about to see your typical 1960's beach party film. However this particular entry in the popular cycle of surf and beach movies is quite different from the rest. Most notably it has a totally different group of young or "youngish", cast members to the Beach party films and there is no Frankie Avalon or Annette Funicello in sight. Secondly while still a story of adventure and romance set against surfing action "Ride the Wild Surf", is for the most part much more serious in tone and in its approach to the material and is removed from the usual California settings of the other stories and is instead filmed on location in Hawaii which adds greatly to the visual appeal of the film. Incorporating some truly spectacular surfing footage which is some of the best of its kind this film however has in common with other beach stories the practice of using the now comical back projection photography supposedly showing the actors "riding", the waves before cutting to real footage of surfers in action. Its all good fun however and like most of the story shouldn't be taken too seriously but just enjoyed for its many appealing elements.

"Ride the Wild Surf", tells the story of three Californian buddies Jod Wallis (Fabian), Chase Colton (Peter Brown), and Steamer Lane (Tab Hunter) who (despite the very evident age differences!), are college mates seeking the ultimate adventure by travelling to Hawaii over the New Year's break to ride the waves and tackle the infamous Big Wiamea which is the biggest set of waves off Hawaii's North Shore. Predictably each guy has his own set of issues to sort out before tackling the giant 30ft wave.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride The Wild Surf July 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
In 1964 three friends went to the show to see a surf movie for the first time. We returned to see this movie over and over again, (7 times to be exact). Being young and impressionable we wanted to be like Fabian, Tab Hunter, and Peter Brown riding Big Waves in Hawaii and falling in "Love" with girls like Susan Hart, Shelley Fabares and Barbara Eden. This movie made our summer of '64 a fantasy summer, we went to the beach, tried to surf, listened to Jan & Dean, The Beach Boys and dreamt of the girls in "Ride the Wild Surf". By todays standards this movie seems "Hokie", but for three fourteen year old boy's in 1964 it was a movie and Summer to remember.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I remember watching this movie on TV when I was a kid. When I found it while surfing (no pun intended) through the DVD section of I bought it. What a sentimental blast from the past! Three fabulous looking hunks, Fabian, Tab Hunter and Peter Brown, use their winter break from college to spend one last time together in Hawaii to surf Waimea, before they all head in different directions, due to issues explained later on in the movie. By the first evening they all meet the perfect girl who will eventually help them deal with and solve their issues while sitting prettily on the beach in the most fabulous bikinis, with hair that barely moves in the wind, even when they stand up to wave at their beautifully physiqued, half naked, wet men. Yummy! Responsible Tab meets obligation-ridden Dolores Hart. A curiously blond over-cautious Peter meets curiously dark haired free spirited Barbara Eden. Untrusting, angry Fabian meets cautiously-trusting, sweet, Shelly Fabares, who in my book wins the award for best bikini - a while lace number that doesn't look like it would survive a puddle spashing, nevermind a dousing from the Wild Surf. While on the surface (again no pun intended) there is a fraternal feeling of comraderie and respect between the surfers, below the surface there is an undertow (I'm not going to apologize for this pun) of serious competition, as the winner of the contest, no only becomes known as the best surfer, but earns enough money to remain job free for a year to practice for the following year's competition - a dream come true for all of them. The panoramic surfing scenes, accompanied by hawaiian drum beats, are actual films of real surfers and are fantastic, and there are plenty of them. Read more ›
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ride, ride, ride... the wild cliche! March 28, 2002
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Dudes, babes, and fabulous footage of the north shore of Hawaii, plus the classic theme song co-written by Brian Wilson and sung by Jan & Dean. This is about as good as '60s beach movies get, partly a good impersonation, part pure Hollywood fantasy, of my own childhood backdrop of surfing action in southern California and Hawaii. Dig the scenes in which the "surfers" are waiting for their waves on perfectly calm blue water on what is probably a giant studio backlot wading pool! Thrill as their doubles paddle out to attack the scary gray curls of Waimea Bay "and conquer those waves 'most thirty feet high"! Shelley Fabares and Barbara Eden are among the girls on the beach.
It's cool, buddy boy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike other beach movies that were typified by silly slapstick buffoonery, muscles and bikinis RIDE THE WILD SURF was the antithesis of such tomfoolery. Still keeping the muscles and bikinis RIDE THE WILD SURF took itself serious and played it straight. Basically three buddies from California (Fabian, Tab Hunter and Peter Brown) travel to Hawaii during school break looking for the challenge of the truly big waves each with own motivations and reasons. They are not alone in their quest and that sets up the dynamics of this good film as they vie not only to be the best but to win the hearts of the three females (Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares and Susan Hart) who become enamored with them. In their way are other surfers (including James Mitchum and Roger Davis) looking for that perfect wave as well. This all intensifies the competition, develops the camaraderie and shows the true character and sportsmanship of the surfers. Technically the surfing and cinematography are outstanding. Jan & Dean play the title song that stands toe to toe with anything the Beach Boys did in the musical genre. This is a great film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars If you want to watch 60s surfing footage this is the movie for you
Had zero plot. WAY too much surfing footage.
Published 1 day ago by Kristell Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars great flick !
Not a Frankie and Annette typical beach/surf movie. Much better than most.
Published 14 days ago by BARRY K. BELLAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie from the 60's bought back a lot of memories very entertaining would recommend
Published 18 days ago by Lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good entertainment!
Published 29 days ago by William H. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected.
If you're a Shelley Fabares fan like me, you'll like this movie. Better than the usual "beach" movies from the 60's, even the ones with Annette in them.
Published 1 month ago by Tom W
3.0 out of 5 stars Fabian for my very own
It was a ok little movie, but worth it just to have Fabian for my very own. The price is great for a blast from the past.
Published 1 month ago by LINDA K SENSING
5.0 out of 5 stars Got the DVD Quick and played fine on my player
Got the DVD Quick and played fine on my player. The Movie seems Campy as an Adult but I thought it was Kool as a Kid...
Published 2 months ago by Arnie Brey
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good surfer movie
I bought this because it has Barbra Eden in it
from I dream of Ginny it also has a lot of other
big stars of the time period, like Tab Hunter
and Fabian, I only... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rodney B. Jennings
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This movie was made when the surf craze was at it's peak, so naturally Hollywood jumped to cash in. In spite of a goofy storyline and phoney surf shots I liked it anyway. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janet E Quistberg
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Ride!
Fanastic movie, especially if you love surfing. The story line is cute and the scenery is fantastic. I recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by olivia hernandez
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