“I couldn’t help but think of all the waves which had gone to waste.”
Two American surfers (Michael Hynson and Robert August) travel the world in search of the “perfect wave”.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Bruce Brown’s 16 mm documentary about surfing the world’s waves is, as noted in TCM’s article, little more than a glorified home video. Nonetheless, it received reasonable reviews upon its release, and, despite the hokey narration by Brown, has developed a nostalgic cult following over the years. Naturally, there’s lots of footage of the surfers out on the waves, which can get tedious if you’re not a fan — but if you’re going to see one documentary about this hugely popular sport, this should be it.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An often amusing time-capsule glimpse at one of the world’s most popular water sports
- Brown’s unintentionally campy narration
Yes. This cult documentary should be seen by all film fanatics.
- Cult Movie
- Historically Relevant