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Those who know... Know this is worth way more than 5 stars. And those who don't know... Well, yesterday August 14 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of this epic film, and like Citizen Kane, Casa Blanca, and The Godfather, this film will forever be in the hearts of those who grew up watching it and the one liners will live on in infamy. Yeah? No! Only watch it when the surfs bad... Because when the surfs good, nobody watches! But three! One for you, one for your best friend, and one to carry around with you at all times in the off chance you run into Rick, Turtle, or Chandler to have them sign.
Oh my gosh this movie is bad. I remember watching it repeatedly in the late '80s and loving it, but I barely remembered what it was about. Over the years I'd romanticized it in my mind to be much better than it really is. The acting and dialogue are absolutely atrocious, and the plot is just stupid. The surfing scenes are great, I love the '80s music, and Hawaii is beautiful, but the rest of it sucks. I really wasted my money on this one.
I love this movie, and every time I watch it I end up quoting lines from it for weeks afterward lol. I'm a saltwater lover currently stuck living in the desert, so every now and then I need a saltwater fix, and this movie works well. Plenty of waves and a nice little story, too, cliché as it might be.
This movie is great for surfers (five stars), but only so-so for the rest (three stars). The surf scenes are really good and they let them play out (ala "Endless Summer") instead of doing cut/thrash/spin like many modern-day movies. Almost all of the shots are of Pipeline, which is great for that, but I would have liked to have seen more shots of other areas (I would have liked a five-hour movie, too, but there wouldn't be many Hollywood viewers then). The "plot" is very thin (think of a watered down "Karate Kid"). Fortuntately, the "romance" is toned down although it is a factor. The ending seemed to go a little too fast, possibly due to budget constraints, but it works. Yes, the one-liners and names are great and really give a warm fuzzy feeling to the movie. Although this was low-budget, it is still pretty good. There are a couple scenes with poor dubbing, but most of the other editing is very good. The water shots are great. The acting is very good, except for a few instances (they probably didn't have the budget for reshoots). The transfer to DVD is excellent. I had seen it when it first came out and several times when it came out on video. The DVD version is excellent quality and could easily pass for a very good quality film today. Definitely a feel-good movie, enjoyable alone, with a date or with family.
Not realistic. The "wave" machine in Arizona in NO way mimics the ocean's large waves (e.g., North Shore or Mavericks). Surfers who surf the North Shore or similar waves anywhere in the world spend years conditioning their bodies and skills to adapt (and survive) these massive waves. So it was ridiculous that an individual who's only surfing experience was artificial waves from AZ won a North Shore surfing championship.
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant despite the cheese. A recommended buy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2012
A thoroughly enjoyable watch, despite the cheesy/dated nature. In fact I think that makes it better! Like slipping back in time. This is a film I could watch over and over again. Great feel good factor. From a wave pool in the desert to conquering the North Shore big waves it follows the journey of a character called Rick Kane. I love the fact that the main character works through an evolution of surfboards as he learns to really appreciate the ocean, the waves and surfing. This highlights the 'roots' of surfing in a way that makes you want to go and try loads of different boards. Some of the big names in surfing are in the film in their younger days.... Gerry Lopez, Laird Hamilton, Derek Ho, Occy, and Thompson. Laird plays the arrogant 'baddie' in the film, and Lopez a local tough nutt who is a 'goodie' at heart. Brilliant film. Bargain price - get it! When the DVD arrived I put it into my computer to watch and it came up as 'Blue Juice' and I was worried the wrong dvd had been put in the right box, but after pressing play it was definitely North Shore that played, so don't panic of the same happens to you!