- 04 April 2017 | Surfing
It's a cult movie, and one of the first Hollywood productions to feature big wave surfing. The original "Point Break" was released in 1991, but it stood the test of time.
For many movie fans, "Point Break" is one of the best surf-inspired flicks of all time. The film had it all; an irresistible blend of FBI agents and a surf gang hidden behind masks of former US Presidents;
Film director Kathryn Bigelow helped create a classic action-packed thriller movie in which the law enforcer and the criminal slowly develop a close relationship throughout the film.
Despite initial mixed reviews, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze formed one of the most popular hero/anti-hero duos in the history of cinema.
The 122-minute movie made $83 million at the box office and, by the late 1990s, it had already become an instant classic. Take a look at a few interesting facts about the original "Point Break":
1. Rick King, the co-producer of "Point Break", came up with the idea for the movie after taking a surf lesson in Malibu;
2. In the original script, the movie was about skateboarding;
3. The film had several working titles: the first was "Johnny Utah," then came "Riders on the Storm";
4. Keanu Reeves was not the first choice for Johnny Utah: actors Charlie Sheen, Val Kilmer, Johnny Depp, and Matthew Broderick were considered for the job;
5. When Patrick Swayze read the script, he wanted to play the role of Bodhi;
6. Bodhi is named after "Bodhisattva," a Sanskrit term used by Buddhists to describe an enlightened person who is able to reach nirvana but, out of compassion, decides to save others;
7. Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty had preparatory surfing lessons with Dennis Jarvis in Kauai, Hawaii;
8. Latigo Beach, the spot where Bodhi and the Ex-Presidents surfed, is located in Malibu, California;
9. Patrick Swayze broke four ribs filming the surfing scenes for "Point Break";
10. The youngest member of the surf gang was nicknamed "Grommet," an expression used in surf slang;
11. Bojesse Christopher and John Philbin, two Ex-Presidents, were real-life pro surfers at the time;
12. Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and one of the members of the surf gang is a lifelong surfer:
13. John Philbin, who plays Nathaniel, taught Kate Bosworth how to surf for her role in "Blue Crush";
14. Keanu Reeves became an accomplished and regular surfer after "Point Break";
15. The night surfing scenes were shot at Leo Carrillo State Park, California;
16. The movie includes scenes of Johnny Utah surfing regular and goofy;
17. The final sequence of "Point Break" was not shot at Bells Beach, Australia, but at a surf break located in Oregon;
18. Darrick Doerner was the stunt chosen for the "50-Year Storm" big wave surfing scene;
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