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Chasing Mavericks (2012)

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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Frosty Hesson
Jonny Weston ... Jay Moriarity
Elisabeth Shue ... Kristy Moriarity
Abigail Spencer ... Brenda Hesson
Leven Rambin ... Kim Moriarity
Greg Long Greg Long ... Magnificent One
Peter Mel ... Magnificent Two
Zach Wormhoudt Zach Wormhoudt ... Magnificent Three
Devin Crittenden ... Blond
Taylor Handley ... Sonny
Cooper Timberline ... Young Jay
Maya Raines ... Roquet
Harley Graham ... Young Kim
Jenica Bergere ... Zeuf
James Anthony Cotton ... Frank
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Storyline

The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Legends Start Somewhere

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some perilous action | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Of Men and Mavericks See more »

Filming Locations:

Half Moon Bay, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,268,274, 28 October 2012

Gross USA:

$6,002,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,633,207
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stepping into Curtis Hanson's shoes at such short notice was a daunting experience for Michael Apted. He arrived on a Sunday, and started working the next day with a cast he'd never met, a crew he didn't know and on locations he'd never seen. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, an aerial view of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in 1987 shows the tower of the Double Shot, a ride that was not installed until 2005. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frosty Hesson: We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again...
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »

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I Need an Energy
Written by Greg Holden
Performed by Greg Holden
Courtesy of Falling Art Recordings
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Ecellent movie!!!
26 October 2012 | by Robalone-LippsSee all my reviews

Stunning, nostalgic ocean/beach/surf/coastside visuals, and a watery-emotional story combine to pique any Half Moon Bay romantic to smile, point, shake their head...and gasp with awe. It's, of course, a five-star Flic for me (I am from Half Moon Bay); I'm sure anyone not from Half Moon Bay will have to give it at least a four. In the end, even though it is a love story, it's a surf movie--and a good one. From what I know of surfing, I don't think this tells the whole story, but I think it's a good start. I pray that it opens the door for more stories of this subculture to be told. Bravo to all those that took great risks developing this saga, both before and during.

I do have a complaint: Jeff Clark of Half Moon Bay discovered Mavricks; has the name patented. He noticed the break from behind our High School, and in spite of warnings and skepticism by others, initially took incredible risk in developing Mavricks. He's this surf spot's pioneer, and though this story is really not about Mavricks, but about Jay Moriarty, Jeff Clark deserves his name prominently marqueed .... or maybe that's the sequel!


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