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Point Break (1991)

An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

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In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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27 banks in three years - anything to catch the perfect wave! See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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12 July 1991 (USA)  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,218,387 (USA)
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Trivia

Val Kilmer turned down the role of Johnny Utah. See more »

Goofs

During the night time football game on the beach, Johnny is seen running down the beach and knocking several guys down in pursuit of tackling Bodhi. It is clearly the same guy being knocked down over and over again. Its the same shot being shown at different angles to make it appear like its more people. See more »

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[first lines]
Shooting Instructor: [Agent Utah finishes his gun range test] 100%, Utah. Good job!
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Referenced in Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: Hawaii (2008) See more »

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Down to the Wire
Performed by Little Caesar
Written by Ronald Curtis Young, Jimmy Haynes aka Apache, Fidel Angel Paniagua, Lauren Douglas Molinare,
Thomas Nielson Morris
Produced by Mike Clink
Courtesy of DGC Records
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An under-rated classic
6 January 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Point Break is one of those films that everybody loves, but that nobody actually talks about all that often. It is a film that if you mention it in conversation, everyone else around is bound to say how much they enjoyed it.

The film's two main assets are unexpected ones, in the form of the direction and the script. The direction by Kathryn Bigelow is nothing short of excellent. Her handling of the action and suspense scenes is exciting and riveting. The two sky-diving scenes are brilliant as is the foot chase through the streets (and houses) of the city. The script, by W. Peter Illif, is also very good and the best thing about the film. The plot is multi-layered and has an original relationship between the hero and the villain. The way the story resolves itself and the ultimate resolutions is excellent, by the standards of most Hollywood action films.

This film deserves to be remembered as one of the better actioners of the nineties, not up there with Die Hard 2/3 or Speed, but better than 90% of the action junk made nowadays. At least this film has a plot.


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