Sunshine Superman

6.91 h 42 min2015PG
Carl Boenish is the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular and dangerous feats. The pinnacle of his achievements came when he and wife Jean broke a Guinness World Record in 1984, but, within days, triumph was followed by disaster.
Marah Strauch
Carl BoenishJean BoenishJohn Long
English [CC]
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Marah Strauch
Marah StrauchEric Bruggemann
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4.2 out of 5 stars

75 global ratings

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ThatOneBASEchickReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
BASE history leason
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As an experienced skydiver and BASE jumper, I found this documentary really fascinating and informative. I’ve heard these names before and seeing their progression and how they helped pave the way to what BASE jumping is now is pretty dang neat! The coolest thing for me, is seeing the gear they used from the 70’s to the gear we use now.
johnny b goodReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Adventurous and touching
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Though I've never done sky diving or BASE jumping, this is a well put together, exciting, historical and touching documentary. A great watch!
AtkinsReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable and poignant
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I see a number of reviews criticizing Carl and the production of the film. It's a classic debate about motives and purity. I ended up liking Carl and his wife, Jean. He radiated pure, genuine joy, and I liked the old footage at the dawn of the sport. Won't be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
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Mr. ShoppersReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Well made...
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They made a good movie about someone crazy and driven doing something dumb. It's tough to divorce the film from the subject.

I did find the reenacted scenes to be well done, but I hate the reenactment crap.

Well, you have an hour left to watch it on Prime.
Jeanne Marie SpicuzzaReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sunshine Superman soars on
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An uplifting testament to the human spirit that longs for the freedom of possibility. Spectacular cinematography that you won't want to take your eyes off of. A fascinating and fulfilling portrait of Carl and Jean Boenish. The intersection of an adventure story and love story. Excellent soundtrack. A triumph from Marah Strauch.
workoutfreakReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not a Hero; Not Even Close. Good Music, though
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I did not like the lighthearted "oh well" attitude that these thrill-seekers impose on everyone else. What about all the people who have to scrape up your remains...the rescue people, the onlookers who witness the jumps that don't turn out as expected? I believe people have a right to dream and thrill-seek all they want, as long as you can clean up after yourself, you can afford it, and you don't hurt anyone else in the process. This film should be rated for mature audiences only, in my humble opinion. The onlookers and rescue workers are most likely scarred for life if a jump hits the tiniest of hiccups, and this type of thrill-seeking should not be encouraged to a young, impressionable audience.
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william leeReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superbly captures the man, the movement, and the love story!
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This is not just some movie about skydiving or BASE jumping, it is a love story on two levels. One is the love of Carl Boenish - the father of BASE jumping - for the thrill of exercising "man's dominion over Earth." The other is his love of his woman and partner in jumping adventures. Sunshine Superman took nearly ten years to reach fruition, and was the first major effort of Marah Strauch, the film's writer, director, producer, and actress (she did a few cameos of a young Jean Boenish), but you sure can't tell it, based on the end result. Strauch achieved just the right blend of original footage, recent interviews, and excellent soundtrack. Even if you cared nothing about thrill seekers, this is a movie worth seeing.
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kind customer Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
an important piece of history
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For all of us that have dreamed of base jump, and for all of us that have already done so, this documentary will entertain, teach, and inspire.
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