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Patrick Swayze&#;s 10 Best Movies According to IMDb

One of the most beloved actors of the 80s and 90s, Patrick Swayze cultivated an on-screen persona as the sensitive, troubled bad boy.  Sure, he literally tore out a man’s throat towards the end of Road House (), but have you seen the guy dance?  With swiveling hips and legs that were just as likely to roundhouse you to the face as dance the mambo, Patrick Swayze became the poster boy for a new generation of action hero: van Damme meets Fred Astaire.

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Patrick Swayze was even more endearing for the fact that he wasn’t afraid to undercut his masculine image onscreen, particularly in films like Dirty Dancing () and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar ().

Sadly, Patrick Swayze passed away in at the age of 57, after a protracted battle with cancer.  But his legacy lives on through his many indelible film performances.  Here are his top ten movies, as voted by users at IMDb.

10 City of Joy () – IMDb rating

Patrick Swayze plays Max Lowe, a depressed American surgeon seeking spiritual enlightenment in India, in the director Roland Joffé’s City of Joy.  After being severely injured in a mugging not long after arriving in the Indian metropolis of Calcutta, Max is rescued by poor rural farmer Hazari Pal (Om Puri).  Hazari decides to take Max back to his home in the slums, referred to by locals as the “City of Joy.”  There, Max meets Irish doctor Joan Bethel (Pauline Collins), who convinces him that the path to enlightenment is through helping those around him.

The film did not live up to the critical or commercial success of Joffé’s previous films, such as the Academy Award-winning historical drama The Killing Fields (), and its white savior narrative has dated poorly.  However, its uplifting message still resonates with IMDb users, making it Patrick Swayze’s tenth-highest rated film.

9 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!  Julie Newmar () – IMDb rating

Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo star as three New York City drag queens on a cross country road trip to Hollywood to compete in the “Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant” in the lengthily titled To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!  Julie Newmar.  When their car breaks down in the small backwater town of Snydersville, the group encounters both prejudice and support from the local community.

Although the film features strong performances from its three leads as well as a string of wonderful cameos, it still compares unfavorably with the superior Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert ().

8 Road House () – IMDb rating

Late 80s cult classic action movie Road House is one of those so-bad-its-actually-great movies.  Patrick Swayze plays Dalton, a bouncer at the Double Deuce, a roadside bar in Jasper, Missouri.  When Dalton finds out that corrupt businessman Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara) is extorting many of the local shopkeepers out of their profits – including the owner of the Double Deuce – he decides to defend the town from Wesley and his henchmen.

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Although it was a critical flop and scored five Golden Raspberry nominations, including Worst Actor for Swayze, Road House is still a lot of fun.  Just don’t go in expecting Citizen Kane.

7 Keeping Mum () – IMDb rating

British black comedy Keeping Mum centers on the clueless vicar of the countryside parish of Little Wallop, played by Rowan Atkinson.  Focussed on writing the perfect sermon, he is unaware that his family is falling apart around him: his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) has begun an affair with American golf pro-Lance (Patrick Swayze), his promiscuous teenage daughter (Tamsin Egerton) is struggling with her blossoming sexuality, and his son (Toby Parkes) is being bullied at school.

Although it features a stellar ensemble cast, including Dame Maggie Smith in a pitch-black role as the comically sinister housekeeper Grace Hawkins, Keeping Mum never really elevates itself above a pedestrian comedy.  However, Patrick Swayze plays the sleazy jerk to good comedic effect in one of his last film roles.

6 Ghost () – IMDb rating

Classic romantic fantasy film Ghost was a commercial and critical hit and cemented Patrick Swayze’s status as a sex symbol.  The film centers on Swayze’s character, Sam Wheat, who is shot and killed in an apparent mugging while walking home with his girlfriend Molly Jensen (Demi Moore).  Sam discovers that he now exists as a non-corporeal ghost, only able to communicate with Molly via a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg in an Academy Award-winning role).

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One of the most loved romance films of the 90s, and featuring that pottery scene, Ghost is a must-watch for any true Swayze fan, and it is still highly appreciated by the IMDb community.

5 Dirty Dancing () – IMDb rating

Ranking alongside Ghost as arguably the most iconic Patrick Swayze movie is ’s Dirty Dancing.  Patrick Swayze plays Johnny Castle, a dance instructor at an upscale resort in the Catskills who begins a romance with Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey), a young woman vacationing there with her wealthy parents.  When Johnny’s dance partner Penny (Cynthia Rhodes) is unable to participate in their upcoming dance performance, Baby volunteers to take her place, against the wishes of her overprotective father (Jerry Orbach).

A bona fide romantic coming-of-age classic, Dirty Dancing remains firmly entrenched in popular culture and still gets regular cinema screenings to this day – making it one of Patrick Swayze’s most enduring films.

4 The Outsiders () – IMDb rating

Patrick Swayze features amongst an impressive cast of future stars in this coming-of-age ensemble drama directed by The Godfather’s Francis Ford Coppola.  The film focusses on the often-violent rivalry between two gangs of teenagers living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the mids.  Swayze plays Darrel “Darry” Curtis, an older member of the “Greasers”: a gang of tough working-class teens who do battle with the wealthier “Socs”.

Based on the influential novel by S.E. Hinton, Coppola’s film helped launched Patrick Swayze’s acting career, as well as those of his co-stars Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane.

3 () – IMDb rating

A surprise hit with IMDb users, indie black comedy tells the various interconnected stories that take place during a single night leading up to two fatal car accidents that occur at precisely pm.  Patrick Swayze plays Frank, a father trying to cover up what he suspects is a murder committed by his teenage daughter Cheri (Rachael Leigh Cook).  His bumbling efforts to dispose of the body inadvertently contribute to the film’s tragic conclusion.

The movie’s appeal lies mostly in its twisty plot.  The film unfolds like a puzzle, jumping back and forth through time to slowly reveal how the actions of the various characters all piece together to eventually cause the twin accidents.

2 Point Break () – IMDb rating

Kathryn Bigelow’s action classic Point Break stars Keanu Reeves as FBI agent Johnny Utah, who goes undercover in the local surfing community after he becomes convinced that a group of surfers are responsible for a string of recent armed bank robberies.  His suspicions soon prove correct, after he discovers that a gang led by surfing guru Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) are the culprits.

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Bigelow’s direction and the strength of the performances of the two leads elevate Point Break beyond just a simple action movie, turning it into an almost philosophical reflection on machismo interspersed with some kickass set pieces.

1 Donnie Darko () – IMDb rating of

Patrick Swayze plays against type as a small-town motivational speaker revealed to be a closeted pedophile in Richard Kelly’s mind-bending cult film Donnie Darko.  The film is a unique genre mashup, incorporating elements of teen drama, thriller, horror, and sci-fi.

It centers on the eponymous Donnie Darko (played by a young Jake Gyllenhaal) who is visited in a dream by a monstrous rabbit who tells him the world is about to end.  From there the movie only gets weirder, exploring ideas of time travel and parallel universes on the way to a truly bizarre conclusion.

The fact that audiences are still trying to decipher what actually happened in the movie is part of its enduring charm and maybe the reason behind why it has become Patrick Swayze’s highest-rated film with the IMDb community.

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Since making its debut in the summer of , the action film "Point Break" has developed a cult following that I continue to be at a loss at fully explaining. After all, the filmin which callow FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) infiltrated a group of bank-robbing surfers led by the enigmatic and Zen-spouting Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) in order to bring them down—was an aggressively stupid film back then and time has not exactly done it any favors. To be fair, it was dumb but it certainly wasn't boring and director Kathryn Bigelow (who would go on to make such great films as "Strange Days" and "The Hurt Locker") handled the action sequences in such a visually arresting manner (especially in an extraordinary mid-film chase scene through a residential neighborhood that is still stunning to watch) that there were times when you could almost convince yourself to forget that the rest of the film was a preposterous mess. 25 years later, we have now been blessed with a "Point Break" remake that is completely lacking in any of the visceral thrills or apparent charisma of the original and which could not be duller if it tried.

Once again, our hero is Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), an extreme sports enthusiast who suffered a great tragedy—one that plays more like a spoof of the opening of "Cliffhanger" than anything else—that inspires him to quit the sport and become an F.B.I. agent. For his first case, he is assigned to investigate a pair of strange heists in Mumbai and Mexico in which massive American conglomerates are robbed by people whose heists are accompanied by wild stunts (such as motorcycling off of the upper floors of skyscrapers and parachuting to safety—don't ask about what happens to the bikes themselves) and who appear to distribute their ill-gotten gains to the poor. Putting two and two together and coming up with "Dude," Utah figures out that the perpetrators are fellow extreme athletes whose trail of crime parallels the infamous Ozaki Eight—a collection of eight extreme (needless to say, the word "extreme" is used a lot here) challenges spanning the globe devised by environmental activist Ozaki Ono to honor the beauty and power of Mother Nature while still looking like a refugee from an old Mountain Dew commercial. Considering that Ono himself supposedly died during the third challenge, you can tell how impressed Mother Nature is by this. 

Utah's brilliant plan is to infiltrate the gang and figure out where they are heading next—most of his superiors think his idea is silly but since he already has the necessary hair, his boss (Delroy Lindo) lets him pursue it. Utah catches up with his suspects off the coast of southern France just in time for the surfing portion, where he immediately whiffs it and nearly drowns. He is rescued by Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) and luckily for him, his savior turns out to be the leader of a group that is attempting to do the Ozaki Eight while simultaneously pulling off elaborate robberies as a way of giving back to the planet while also helping them to fund their around-the-world journey. While Utah's contact (Ray Winstone) frets that he is getting too close to his target, Utah accompanies Bodhi and the gang as they base jump, fly through canyons in wingsuits and snowboard down the face of a mountainhe also gets to indulge in another form of extreme athletics with token hottie Samsara (Teresa Palmer) but I don't think that this activity counts towards the Eight. Of course, it is all fun and games until Bodhi & Co. blow up a gold mine and Utah, finally reminded that he has a job to do, pursues Bodhi to Venezuela to stop him before he can complete the Eight and disappear forever. 

The original "Point Blank" may have been a spectacularly stupid movie but at least it was straightforward and direct. Here, Kurt Wimmer's screenplay meanders all over the place and is so concerned with allowing Bodhi to spout his kooky koans about becoming one with nature through the Ozaki Eight that it neglects to adequately explain what the challenges are or what they are supposed to represent. As for the action scenes themselves, they are little more than an over-edited assemblage of random bits of footage that only rarely give viewers any idea of what is going on—not only do they fail to live up to the impossibly high set-piece standards set by "Mad Max: Fury Road," they even fail to live up to the visceral thrills provided by "Carol." There are times, in fact, where it seems as if there is some kind of serious disconnect between director Ericson Core and his cinematographer as to how to present the action—this is all the weirder because Core served as his own cinematographer. 

As for the bizarre bonding between the pursuer and pursued that fueled the original, this remake has a complete lack of chemistry between the stars. As Utah, Bracey fails to approximate the gravitas of early 90s Keanu Reeves—he always looks and sounds as if he should be starring in one of those awful "Epic Movie"-like spoofs of a big action film instead of an actual one. Edgar Ramirez, on the other hand, can act (as you can discover for yourself right now in the wonderful "Joy"), but the character is so blandly written that you cannot understand how he could convince people to accompany him on a late night Burger King run, let alone a crime-riddled around-the-world spiritual journey. Delroy Lindo and Ray Winstone can, of course, act, but shuffle through their roles practically wearing signs saying "I Did It For The Money!" The most embarrassing part, however, goes to Teresa Palmer as The Girl—in a year that has given us such badass action heroines played by Charlize Theron and Daisy Ridley, her role is little more than a reminder of how far Hollywood still has to go in terms of gender politics in action cinema. 

The idea of remaking "Point Break" was not necessarily a bad idea, I suppose, but whatever charms that film might have had, they are utterly lost on the people behind this embarrassment. Instead, their game plan appears to have been to take a familiar title, throw in a bunch of random action sequences that seem more interested in aping the lunacies of the "Fast & Furious" franchise than Bigelow's visual poetry and toss it out into a crowded marketplace without any advance screenings (hence the lateness of this review) in the hopes of attracting viewers who couldn't get into "The Force Awakens." The original film, you might recall, was released with the tag line "% Pure Adrenaline!" This version misses that mark by about %.

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Utah, Get Me Two!: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Point Break ()

Kathryn Bigelow’s sharp direction and Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze’s tangible on-screen chemistry made Point Break one of the action genre’s most beloved cult classics. It’s the movie that made Reeves an action movie star after years of starring in teen comedies and arthouse films, so it’s essentially the film that fans of the genre have to thank for the John Wick franchise.

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It was such a huge box office success that it remained Bigelow’s highest-grossing movie for more than two decades, eventually topped by the director’s geopolitical thriller Zero Dark Thirty. There are some fascinating stories from the making of the movie.

10 The Producer Of Point Break Came Up With The Idea While Idly Daydreaming On The Beach

Producer Rick King came up with the idea for Point Break while he was sitting on the beach and idly daydreaming. He was thinking about an article he was given from L.A. Weekly that named Los Angeles as the robbery capital of America.

As he was pondering this article, he came up with the story of an undercover FBI agent joining a gang of surfers who rob banks for the thrill.

9 The Film Was Originally Called Johnny Utah, Then Riders On The Storm

When Keanu Reeves was first cast in Point Break, it wasn’t called Point Break. It was called Johnny Utah after his character, but the studio worried that this didn’t indicate that the movie was about surfing.

So, the producers came up with Riders on the Storm, after the classic Doors song, but since the lyrics had no bearing on the plot, the studio vetoed that, too. Eventually, Point Break was chosen halfway through shooting because of its connection to surfing.

8 Patrick Swayze Was Already An Experienced Skydiver And Did 55 Jumps For The Movie

Patrick Swayze initially auditioned to play Johnny Utah before being cast as Bodhi. The actor was already an avid skydiver, but the producers wanted him to stop skydiving during filming for insurance purposes. They negotiated this by allowing him to do one skydive for the film. He ended up doing 55 jumps for the movie.

He still participated in skydives without the producers’ knowledge throughout the movie’s shoot. Gary Busey said Swayze was so into skydiving that he pestered him into joining him for one after filming was complete.

7 Although They’re Not Credited, Kathryn Bigelow And James Cameron Did A Lot Of Work On The Final Script

Although the screenplay for Point Break is credited solely to W. Peter Iliff, most of the final script was written by director Kathryn Bigelow and executive producer James Cameron, who were married at the time.

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Ridley Scott had been the first choice to direct Point Break, but after he dropped out, Bigelow signed up. Bigelow and Cameron’s main contributions to Iliff’s script involved making the plot flow better.

6 The Pitbull-Kicking Scene Carefully Cuts Between A Real Dog And A Fake Dog

One of the trickiest scenes to film was the one in which Bodhi throws a pitbull at Utah and Utah kicks it away. The edit carefully cuts between a real dog and a fake dog.

After being rigorously prepared for the action, the real dog was gently tossed at Keanu Reeves by a trainer from just over a foot away. The ground underneath was padded to make injuries virtually impossible. A fake dog was used for when Utah kicks it, for obvious reasons.

5 Keanu Reeves Studied Real FBI Agents Before Playing Johnny Utah

In preparation for playing Johnny Utah, Keanu Reeves studied real FBI agents on the job. He also trained with quarterback coaches at UCLA before shooting the football scene, since Utah was supposed to have had a shot at an NFL career.

This character detail actually mirrors Reeves’ real life. While Utah’s budding football career was shut down by a knee injury, Reeves’ budding hockey career was shut down by his own knee injury.

4 The Studio Scrapped A Sequel Planned For A Release

Before Point Break hit theaters, 20th Century Fox planned to release a sequel in the summer of A script was written and the movie went into pre-production.

However, after the movie’s respectful, but modest $90 million box office gross, the studio decided to scrap the sequel.

3 Patrick Swayze Did A Lot Of His Surfing Stunts Himself

Since he hadn’t used a stunt double for car chases or fight scenes in previous movies, Patrick Swayze refused to use a stunt double for a lot of his surfing scenes in Point Break. He ended up cracking four ribs while filming the surfing scenes.

However, Swayze did need a double for the more technically challenging scenes, like the Year Storm sequence at the end. For these scenes, he was doubled by famous big-wave surfer Darrick Doerner.

2 Kathryn Bigelow Refused To Direct The Movie Without Keanu Reeves Playing Utah

Kathryn Bigelow was so adamant that Keanu Reeves was the perfect choice to play Johnny Utah that she refused to do the movie without him.

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The studio didn’t want Reeves for the part, instead looking at bigger stars like Johnny Depp. Ironically, Point Break made Reeves a bigger star.

1 Matthew Broderick And Willem Dafoe Were Considered For The Role Of Johnny Utah

Matthew Broderick was originally cast to play Johnny Utah, and before Keanu Reeves was cast in the role, the producers considered Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer, and Charlie Sheen.

Michael Biehn, star of The Terminator and Aliens (and close collaborator of Point Break’s executive producer James Cameron), said in an interview that he was once in talks to play Bodhi, but those talks fell through.

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Johnny Utah : Okay. I get it. This is where you tell me that "locals rule", and that Yuppie insects like me shouldn't be surfing the break, right?

Bunker Weiss : [smiling]  Nope.

Surf gang : That would be a waste of time

Lupton "Warchild" Pittman : We're just gonna fuck you up!

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Point Break

film by Kathryn Bigelow

This article is about the film. For the remake, see Point Break ( film). For other uses, see Point Break (disambiguation).

Point Break is a American actioncrimefilm directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by W. Peter Iliff. It stars Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey, and the film's title refers to the surfing term "point break", where a wave breaks as it hits a point of land jutting out from the coastline.

The film features Reeves as an undercover FBI agent who is tasked with investigating the identities of a group of bank robbers while he develops a complex relationship with the group's leader.

Development of Point Break began in , when Iliff wrote an initial treatment for the film. Bigelow soon developed the script with husband James Cameron, and filming took place four years later. It was shot across the western coast of the continental United States and was officially budgeted at $24 million, before being released for traditional viewing on July 12,

Point Break opened to a generally positive critical reception, with critics praising the relationship between Reeves and Swayze. During its theatrical run, the film grossed over $ million, and has since gained a cult following.[4][5] Following the film's success, Point Break was re-released on Blu-ray on June 14, ; it also spawned a remake that was released in

Plot[edit]

Former Ohio State quarterback and rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) assists experienced agent Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey) in investigating a string of bank robberies by the "Ex-Presidents": a gang of robbers who wear rubber masks of Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. Rather than robbing the vault, they only demand the cash the tellers have in their drawers, and are gone within ninety seconds.

Pursuing Pappas's theory that the criminals are surfers, Utah goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing community. He fabricates a personal family tragedy to persuade orphaned surfer and restaurant waitress, Tyler Endicott (Lori Petty) to teach him to surf, after she saves him from drowning during his first attempt at surfing. Through her, he meets Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), the charismatic leader of a gang of surfers consisting of Roach (James LeGros), Grommet (Bojesse Christopher), and Nathanial (John Philbin). The group are initially wary of Utah, but accept him when Bodhi recognizes him as the former college football star who quit the sport due to a knee injury. As he masters surfing, Utah finds himself increasingly drawn to the surfers' adrenaline-charged lifestyle, Bodhi's philosophies, and Tyler. Following a clue retrieved by analyzing toxins found in the hair of one of the bank robbers, Utah and Pappas lead an FBI raid on another gang of surfers, resulting in the deaths of two of them. The raid inadvertently ruins a DEA undercover operation, as those surfers were wanted for separate charges regarding drug dealing, but they are disproven to be the Ex-Presidents.

Watching Bodhi's group surfing, Utah begins to suspect that they are the "Ex-Presidents", noting how close a group they are and the way one of them moons other surfers in the same manner one of the robbers does when leaving a bank. Utah and Pappas stake out a bank and the Ex-Presidents appear. While wearing a Reagan mask, the gang leader who is implied to be Bodhi leads Utah on a foot chase through the neighborhood, which ends when Utah's old knee injury flares up after jumping into a flood control channel. Despite having a clear shot Utah repeatedly shoots into the air, and the Reagan suspect escapes.

At a campfire that night, it is confirmed that Bodhi and his gang are the Ex-Presidents. Tyler discovers Utah's FBI badge and angrily terminates their relationship after briefly holding him at gunpoint. Shortly afterwards, Bodhi aggressively recruits Utah into going skydiving with the group and he accepts. After the jump, Bodhi reveals that he knows Utah is an FBI agent and has arranged for his friend Rosie (Lee Tergesen), a non-surfing thug, to hold Tyler hostage. Utah is blackmailed into participating in the Ex-Presidents' last bank robbery of the summer. As a result, Grommet, along with an off-duty cop (Anthony Mangano) and a bank guard (John Apicella), who both attempt to foil the robbery—are killed. Outraged by Grommet's death, Bodhi knocks Utah out and leaves the scene.

Defying their superior and FBI director, Ben Harp (John C. McGinley) who arrests Utah for the armed robbery, Pappas and Utah head to the airport where Bodhi, Roach, and Nathanial are about to leave for Mexico. During a shootout, Pappas and Nathanial are killed and Roach is seriously wounded. With Roach aboard, Bodhi forces Utah onto the plane at gunpoint. Once airborne and over their intended drop zone, Bodhi and Roach put on their parachutes and jump from the plane, leaving Utah to take the blame. With no other parachutes available, Utah jumps from the plane with Bodhi's gun and intercepts him. After landing safely, Utah's knee gives out again, allowing Bodhi to escape Utah's grasp. Bodhi meets with Rosie and releases Tyler. Roach dies of his wounds, and Bodhi and Rosie leave with the money, with Tyler and Johnny watching on.

Nine months later, Utah tracks Bodhi to Bells Beach in Victoria where a record storm is producing lethal waves. This is an event Bodhi had talked about experiencing, calling it the "Year Storm". Utah attempts to bring Bodhi into custody, but Bodhi refuses. During a brawl in the surf, Utah manages to handcuff himself to Bodhi, who begs Utah to release him so he can ride the once-in-a-lifetime wave. Knowing Bodhi will not come back alive, Utah releases him, bids him farewell, and sees him step towards the wave. While the authorities watch Bodhi surf to his death, Utah walks away, throwing his FBI badge into the ocean.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film came close to production in , with Matthew Broderick, Johnny Depp, Val Kilmer, and Charlie Sheen all being considered to play the Johnny Utah character, with Ridley Scott directing.[6][7] However production fell through.[8]

Four years later, after acquiring the screenplay, the producers of Point Break began looking for a director. At the time, executive producer James Cameron was married to director Kathryn Bigelow, who had just completed Blue Steel and was looking for her next project.[6] Only W. Peter Iliff is credited for the screenplay, but Cameron has said that he did a considerable amount of writing with Bigelow for the final film, helping to establish a better plot flow.[9][10]

Point Break was originally called Johnny Utah when Keanu Reeves was cast in the title role.[6] The studio felt that this title said very little about surfing and by the time Patrick Swayze was cast, the film had been renamed Riders on the Storm after the famous song by The Doors. However, Jim Morrison's lyrics had nothing to do with the film and so that title was also rejected. It was not until halfway through filming that Point Break became the film's title because of its relevance to surfing.[6]

Reeves liked the name of his character, as it reminded him of star athletes like Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana.[11] He described his character as "a total control freak and the ocean beats him up and challenges him. After a while everything becomes a game. He becomes as amoral as any criminal. He loses the difference between right and wrong."[6] Swayze felt that Bodhi was a lot like him and that they both shared "that wild-man edge."[6]

Two months before filming, Lori Petty, Reeves and Swayze trained with former world-class professional surfer Dennis Jarvis on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.[6] Jarvis remembers, "Patrick said he'd been on a board a couple of times, Keanu definitely had not surfed before, and Lori had never been in the ocean in her life."[12] Shooting the surfing sequences proved to be challenging for all three actors, with Swayze cracking four of his ribs. For many of the surfing scenes, he refused to use a stunt double as he never had one for fight scenes or car chases. He also did the skydiving scenes himself and the film's aerial jump instructor Jim Wallace found that he was a natural and took to it right away.[6] Swayze ended up making 55 jumps for the film.[13] Swayze actually based aspects of his character after one of his stunt doubles, Darrick Doerner, a top big wave surfer.[14] After learning to surf for the film, Reeves took a liking to it and took it up as a hobby.[15]

Parts of the film were shot at Lake Powell in Utah, Wheeler and Ecola State Park in Oregon, and Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Venice, and Fox Hills Mall in California.[16] Although the final scene of the film is set at Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia, the scene was filmed at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park, located in Cannon Beach, Oregon.[17]

Soundtrack[edit]

Score album

On February 7, , a score release for Point Break was released by La-La Land Records, featuring composer Mark Isham's score. This edition was limited to 2, units and features 65 minutes of score with liner notes by Dan Goldwasser that incorporate comments from both Bigelow and Isham. It is now out of print.[18]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Point Break was released on July 12, in 1, theaters, grossing $ million on its opening weekend, behind Terminator 2: Judgment Day's (directed by Bigelow's then husband, James Cameron) second weekend and the openings of the re-issue of Dalmatians and Boyz n the Hood. With a budget of $24 million, the film went on to make $ million in North America and $ million internationally for a worldwide total of $ million.[3]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 69% based on 67 reviews, with an average rating of / The website's critics consensus reads: "Absurd, over-the-top, and often wildly entertaining, Point Break is here to show you that the human spirit is still alive."[19]Metacritic reports a weighted average score of 58 out of , based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[21]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four and wrote "Bigelow is an interesting director for this material. She is interested in the ways her characters live dangerously for philosophical reasons. They aren't men of action, but men of thought who choose action as a way of expressing their beliefs."[22] In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin praised Reeves' performance: "A lot of the snap comes, surprisingly, from Mr. Reeves, who displays considerable discipline and range. He moves easily between the buttoned-down demeanor that suits a police procedural story and the loose-jointed manner of his comic roles."[23]Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "C+" rating and Owen Gleiberman wrote "Point Break makes those of us who don't spend our lives searching for the ultimate physical rush feel like second-class citizens. The film turns reckless athletic valor into a new form of aristocracy."[24]

In his review for The Washington Post, Hal Hinson wrote "A lot of what Bigelow puts up on the screen bypasses the brain altogether, plugging directly into our viscera, our gut. The surfing scenes in particular are majestically powerful, even awe-inspiring. Bigelow's picture is a feast for the eyes, but we watch movies with more than our eyes. She seduces us, then asks us to be bimbos."[25]Rolling Stone magazine's Peter Travers wrote, "Bigelow can't keep the film from drowning in a sea of surf-speak. But without her, Point Break would be no more than an excuse to ogle pretty boys in wet suits."[26]

USA Today gave the film two out of four stars and Mike Clark wrote "Its purely visceral material (surf sounds, skydiving stunt work, a tough indoor shootout midway through) are first-rate. As for the tangibles that matter even more (script, acting, directorial control, credible relationships between characters), Break defies belief. Dramatically, it rivals the lowest surf yet this year."[27]Time magazine's Richard Corliss wrote, "So how do you rate a stunningly made film whose plot buys so blithely into macho mysticism that it threatens to turn into an endless bummer? Looks 10, Brains 3."[28]

Critics have commented on the central 'buddy' relationship of Bodhi and Johnny,[29] and on the unusually equal dynamic in the romantic relationship of Tyler and Johnny (which Bigelow changed Peter Iliff's original script to create); Tyler is a "muscled, brash waitress with an androgynous name (Tyler) and physical features", and Johnny's "feminine edges nudge in nicely to her masculine ones. In nearly every scene they share, they are portrayed by the camera as equals."[30]

In , a special edition was released on DVD (In DVD was released on May 22, ). Entertainment Weekly gave it a "B" rating and wrote, "The making-of docs (at their best discussing Swayze's extracurricular skydiving—that really is him doing the Adios, amigo fall) will leave you hanging."[31]

Cult status[edit]

The Daily Telegraph wrote that the film "certainly qualified as a cult favourite."[8] Furthermore, Rolling Stone called Point Break "the greatest female-gaze action movie ever," citing the bodily condition of Reeves and Swayze, calling it a "wet Western."[30]

In popular culture[edit]

Point Break was listed in the VH1 series I Love the 90s on the episode "". Many celebrities, including Dominic Monaghan, Mo Rocca, Michael Ian Black, Hal Sparks, and Chris Pontius, commented about the film and why it deserved to be included in the episode. Entertainment Weekly ranked Point Break as having one of the "10 Best Surfing Scenes" in cinema.[32]

The film inspired a piece of cult theater, Point Break Live!, in which the role of Johnny Utah is played by an audience member chosen by popular acclamation after a brief audition. The new "Keanu" reads all of their lines from cue-cards for the duration of the show, "to capture the rawness of a Keanu Reeves performance even from those who generally think themselves incapable of acting."[33]

Point Break was referenced in Hot Fuzz, where the scene of Utah emptying his magazine into the sky in frustration is watched by the lead characters and later re-enacted by Nick Frost's character.[34][35]

Seattle-based Georgetown Brewing Company brews a "Bodhizafa" IPA and a "Johnny Utah" pale ale.[36][37]

Between and , indie musician, JAWNY, went by the stage name "Johnny Utah" in reference to the Point Break character.[38]

In The Avengers, Tony Stark dismissively calls Thor "Point Break," presumably a comparison of Thor's hair to Swayze's in that film.[39] In Thor: Ragnarok, after several attempts Thor correctly guesses that "Point Break" is the activation code that Stark had set up for him in the Quinjet.[40]

Remake[edit]

Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. released a remake of the film in titled Point Break, which received mostly negative reviews.[41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  37. ^"Georgetown Brewing Company &#; Darn Tasty Beer". georgetownbeer.com.
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  39. ^https://www.imdb.com/title/tt/trivia
  40. ^https://screenrant.com/thor-ragnarok-tony-stark-point-break-nickname-reason/
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External links[edit]

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Point Break TRAILER 1 (2015) - Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey Movie HD

'Point Break' Remake Pays Tribute to Old Cast

Watch the trailer and find out!

By MICHAEL ROTHMAN

May 27, , PM

• 4 min read

&#; -- The first trailer for the "Point Break" remake is here and it doesn't feature the late, great Patrick Swayze or Keanu Reeves, but it does feature some of the cast from the original film.

The new film, which is scheduled to debut on Dec. 25, changed the plot a bit and the criminals are now extreme sports junkies trying to "liberate" cash and gold from what seems to be corrupt institutions.

If you look closely, you'll see James Le Gros, who played the original Roach, now playing the head of the FBI telling the new Johnny Utah, played by Luke Bracey, what to do. Edgar Ramirez takes over for Swayze's character, Bodhi.

He's not in the trailer but, according to IMDB, Bojesse Christopher is listed as an FBI director. He played the original Grommet, a.k.a. Bodhi's little brother.

"I'm in it. More trailers on the way," he tweeted today, confirming his role! One word -- Yes!


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