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An unbelievable movie, and deliriously better for it. Keanu Reeves is a hotshot law enforcement dude--Johnny Utah by name--investigating a series of bank robberies in L.A. Four gunmen, disguised in rubber masks of ex-U.S. presidents, have never come close to being caught, but veteran agent Gary Busey has a theory: The bandits are surfers. This prompts the superb line, "The ex-presidents rip off banks to finance the endless summer!" This movie's full of dialogue like that, but instead of sounding ridiculous it creates its own infectious comic-book energy--ride the crest of it and you'll find the film's giddy zone. Patrick Swayze plays Bodhi, zen-master leader of the surfing clan, humming serenely with the wisdom of the waves. (Alarmingly, Swayze also did his own skydiving stunts.) Director Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days) stages the action sequences with a visceral snap, and clearly has a gift for orchestrating pulp fiction. Though not a huge hit when was first released, Point Break has a well-deserved cult reputation thanks to its video afterlife. The film's executive producer is James Cameron, Bigelow's husband at the time. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews:

  • Duuude?
    My wife loves this movie. It's a pretty cheesy movie, but if you like Patrick Swayze, I guess this is all you....more info
  • There's just something about this movie
    Everything about Point Break may seem ludicrous upon first glance, but thanks to having a more than competent director behind the camera (Kathryn Bigelow who helmed Near Dark, Strange Days, and K-19: The Widowmaker) and surprisingly great performances from Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and Gary Busey. The story revolves around special agent Johnny Utah (Reeves) and his veteran partner (Busey) on the trail of a group of bank robbers who wear masks of ex-presidents. Soon enough, Reeves infiltrates a group of surfers (led by Swayze) who turn out to be linked to the robbers. The performances are great, especially Swayze who gives one of his last high profile film performances before his career began to decline. The fantasticly shot skydiving and surfing sequences are worth the price of admission alone, and Bigelow manages to nicely orchestrate some great action scenes. Although it didn't fare very well at the box office, to this day Point Break continues to garner a cult following thanks to home video and television. There's plenty of familiar faces abound as well, including Lori Petty, as well as smaller roles from John C. McGinley, Tom Sizemore, Lee Tergesen (better known as Beecher from HBO's Oz), and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis....more info
  • Honest
    The dvd did not ever work after 2 returns and a replacement. What was even more ironic, I was charged for the shipping. I will never purchase another dvd and/or cd from you, unless, maybe it is something I just cannot locate in my local area....more info
  • Point Break
    Great movie!!! Always loved it and now I can watch it when ever I want!...more info
  • Keanuuuuuuu
    Well its Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in a movie about surfers who rob banks and sky dive. I have no idea what else to say about this movie. It is what it is and it ain't what it ain't. ...more info
  • point fail
    Not Like expected!!, i though i could find clear oceans and high definition everywhere but i was wrong....more info
  • KOWABUNGA!!!! (Forgive any misspelling)
    Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves, before the days of SPEED and THE MATRIX) is the newest FBI agent and is already working on his most challenging case. The "EX-PRESIDENTS" are a clan of dudes who rob banks under the mascara of Reagan, Nixon, and others. Utah's new parner Pappas (the legendary Gary Busey, legendary partly for the fact that he always dies; I won't reveal the chances of his survival here) has clues that point to the beaches for the identity of the robbers, because the "EX-PRESIDENTS" are surfers. Utah must go undercover as surfer to infiltrate the robbers, and soon develops a "friendship" with the most spiritual surfer ever, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). Did I like it? Of course. There's action, romance, and some very unanticipated comedy. Busey delivers the best and funniest line in the film, "28 robberies, and what do we get? One ----ing hair!" Reeves and Swayze are great together, especially in a scene where they are just minding there own buisness and get in a fight with four NAZI dudes, or in the bit where Reeves jumps out of plane with no chute after Bodhi. It's all pure escapist with no connection to reality, but escapism is what action movies are all about, and POINT BREAK has enough escapism for 3 movies....more info
  • The ultimate rush...well, almost
    A few months ago, a favorite sports writer of mine (Bill Simmons, AKA the Sports Guy of ESPN.com fame) was lamenting the lack of rewatchable movies coming out of Hollywood over the past half-decade, and comparing the recent paucity to the abundance of such movies in the 1980's and '90's. While I'm about ten years younger than the Sports Guy and not given to nostalgia anyway, it wasn't hard for me to see his point. Which brings me to Point Break, one of the quintessential rewatchable movies of the past 20 years. If I'm flipping through channels and I come to this movie, unless there's a Celtics or Patriots playoff game on, I'm watching. Period. It doesn't matter that basic cable is bound to edit some of the best parts, or that I've seen the movie about 15 times already and own the DVD, or that my wife may become even more convinced of my profound patheticness. I simply can't not watch Point Break if it's on, which can be said about very few movies indeed. In fact, if I were to create a list of the top ten guy movies I've seen in my life, it would go something like the following:

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Road House
    3. Commando
    4. True Romance
    5. Fight Club
    6. Heat
    7. The Terminator
    8. Sin City
    9. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
    10. Swingers

    However, if were to make a list of the top ELEVEN guy movies I've seen in my lifetime, it's a safe bet that Point Break would sneak onto that list. Released just before the mid-90's surge of super-advanced special effects that yielded such super-terrible movies as Twister, Independence Day, and pretty much anything involving Jerry Bruckheimer, Point Break is nothing short of B-movie heaven, with all the familiar trappings thereof: rampant overacting, testosterone-laden dialogue, a series of highly implausible occurrences, and men determined to resolve everything with violence. It's fast-paced, deliriously stupid, and just suspenseful enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen.

    At the same time, Point Break succeeds because its heart is always in the right place. Sure, it doesn't have the huge budget and nifty effects that characterized so many of the Hollywood blockbuster released in the past decade or so, but Point Break did manage to boast a plot and characters that were at least somewhat believable and well-developed, to go with lots of skillful direction from Kathryn Bigelow. And, of course, you get one completely iconic line from Keanu Reeves: "I am an EFF-BEE-EYE Agent!". His career was all downhill from that one, let me tell you.

    Even the name of the hero is likably improbable: Johnny Utah (!), played in slightly-less-wooden-than-usual fashion by Keanu Reeves in his pre-Speed days. At the start of the movie, Johhny is a strait-laced FBI rookie and ex-college football star who gets an assignment to the Bureau's robbery unit in the criminal hotbed of LA. Providing the yin to Johhny's yang (or maybe it's the other way around) is Patrick Swayze's Bodhi ("They call him Bodha-Zeffa"), a walking bundle of contradictions: a laid-back surfer dude and martial-arts expert who spouts heavy philosophy when he's not leading his gang of ex-president-mask-wearing adrenaline-junkie bank robbers on heists to finance their globetrotting adventures.

    Naturally, the two are put on a collision course when Johnny and his grizzled partner Angelo Pappas (the great Gary Busey) are assigned to bringing down the ex-presidents and Johnny starts frequenting the local beaches in the guise of a novice surfer. It's not long before Bodhi and co. (who turn out to be quite fervent college-football fans for a bunch of slacking surfers) take Johnny under their collective wing and introduce him to their thrill-seeking, anti-mainstream worldview. And it's also not long before Johnny loosens up, falls for a surfer chick, and begins to sympathize with his new criminal buddies. That's just the bare bones of the plot though; you also get:

    -A couple of showdowns with a group of local surf Nazis with names like Bunker and Warchild (one of them played by Anthony Kiedis, who turned out to be a decent actor when he wasn't putting out mediocre albums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers).

    -Shootouts, fistfights, chases, a gratuitous car explosion, surfing, and skydiving: everything you could want in an action movie, and more!

    -One of our finest actors (John C. McGinley of Office Space, Platoon, and tons of other movies) as Harp, Johnny's tightly wound and often-screaming FBI supervisor, who's had it with Johnny and Angelo's wild antics and lack of results and isn't afraid to show it.

    -One of movie history's great bank heist scenes towards the end. Is there a movie that wouldn't benefit from a tense, closely-filmed robbery sequence with an impending sense of doom, the kind where you know something is going to go wrong and people (both innocent and otherwise) are going to die? Granted, you don't quite get anything on par with the legendary downtown-LA shootout from Heat, but I was impressed nonetheless.

    And, yeah, that's pretty much it. Point Break is not by any means a great movie, but it is a pretty good one, I think, and essential for enthusiasts of mid-budget action flicks. Sadly, it seems Hollywood isn't churning out movies like this one with anywhere near the regularity it once was, but Point Break should be appreciated all the more for that fact.

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  • Yo Johnny, I'll see you in the next life
    One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies of all time. I don't know what it is, but there's something about the whole atmosphere in this picture that's impossible not to love IMO. A movie about feeling alive. FBI agent Johnny Utah (K. Reeves) goes undercover to infiltrate a bank-robbing surfing clique (led by Bodhi (P. Swayze)) and finds himself questioning whose side he is on. Fantastic score by Mark Isham as well. Highly recommended. *****...more info
  • Plot holes the size of Utah
    So why did he have to make a decision of shooting him or pulling the chute? How about shooting him, dropping the gun and then pulling the chute with the SAME hand? There's poor scriptwriting and then there's this. If you enjoy action/aventure, then it probably won't matter. But if you enjoy solid scriptwriting, you could find much better in this genre even. It was fast-paced and exciting, I'll give it that, but come on. ...more info
  • Entertaining but....
    This is a relatively fast-paced, no-brainer action flick. The trouble is in the details. Many, many details.

    The 1st & biggest problem in my view is where are they? Oh sure, the script says Southern California, but I lived in SoCal for over 25 years (I was living there when this was released to theatres) & I can tell you that there are NO beaches like that anywhere in California. The waves are large & tubular. There are very few surfers on them. The sand is empty of onlookers. There is vegetation nearly to the water. The movie supposedly takes place during August & September (the hottest months in SoCal), yet the surfers are all wearing wetsuits. Trust me, NO surfers would wear wetsuits at that time of year.

    Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) lives on the beach in a rather large cottage. With no neighbors. Assuming (as a bank robber) he could afford a beach house, believe me, there are simply no isolated 'shacks' anywhere in SoCal. Another 'little' detail gone wrong.

    It was nice seeing Anthony Keidis (lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) in a cameo role as a hot-headed surf nazi beating up on Keanu Reeves' character, but Keanu himself runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. Just like all his other films. Patrick Swayze does what he can with Bodhi, but the mis-casting is obvious from the start.

    Final verdict? If you must see this film, rent it first. Trust me on this....more info
  • Gimme 2!
    Can Gary Busey make a bad movie? I don't think so. No, this movie is not a work of art. But among cheesy 90's action flicks, this one will live on forever. It's got skydiving, surfing, bank robberies, police action, and Gary Busey. The dialogue is a little lame, the story just a tad unbelievable, and the message is a little new-age teeny-bopperish, but I watch this one again and again, and love it every time. ...more info
  • Guy Movie!!!
    Great guy movie!! a must see. A little chessy but who cares!...more info
  • Keanu Reeves best film to date - still. "The Ex-Presidents are Surfers..."
    Keanu Reeves and Patrick 'Sleazy' are good
    together here in this very likable surfer /
    bank robber flick. Does kind of give surfers
    a bad rep though! Lori Petty and Gary Busey
    are superb in supporting roles. In fact Busey
    (until he's killed off) steals most of his
    scenes, if not the whole movie as the robbery
    cop vet who takes Reeves under his wing and
    steers him in the right direction. A good come-
    back for Swazey after the stupid 'Ghost' and
    sappy 'Dirty Dancing'! That killer wave in Aus-
    tralia/finish is outstanding! {Actually three-
    and-one half-stars). ...more info
  • Point Break-Hell Yeah!!!
    This movie rocks! Buy it now! Horrible acting buy keanu, but what's new, he always sucks. But he can't ruin this movie. This is one great movie!...more info
  • don't buy the dvd
    all the dvd is, is the vhs version with the top and bottom cut off on the screen.

    i rented the vhs and dvd together one day and found once you get passed the widescreen intro that the vhs version actually shows more of the movie. the dvd is the full screen version with the top and bottom removed!

    this is ridiculous. go rent it yourself and see....more info

  • Song Title
    This is not a review but a question. For anyone that may know the title of the music being played while Brody and Utah are skydiving near the end of the movie?...more info
  • 100% Adrenaline With a Touch of Zen
    Point Break is not only a truly great action movie, but it is a realisation of everything a truly great movie should be in general. Johnny Utah is a new FBI agent fresh out of Quantico, ready for some action. He's "young, dumb, and full of cum", as his new FBI department chief Harp puts it so elegantly. Utah is teamed up with Agent Angelo Pappas, a genial, no-BS 19-year veteran of the Bureau who knows everything his bosses don't know about doing the job, not by the book, but the best way. Their boss, Agent Harp, doesn't like that, and doesn't much like anything else about Pappas, either, which soon becomes apparent to Utah. On their first case together, Utah and Pappas investigate the most recent bank robbery in L.A. by the notorious "Dead Presidents", a gang of four bank robbers who don masks of Reagan, Carter, Johnson and Nixon during their armed capers. Utah then learns Pappas' theory regarding the Dead Presidents: "The Dead Presidents....are SURFERS." Maybe not a revelation of historic significance at first to Utah, but this small detail is what makes the film so compelling, in the end, the stuff that is the meat of the action; the story revolves around the world of surfing, with all the tremendous beauty and power of the ocean, the concurrent mysticism and physicality of the sport, and the language, culture, and traditions of its adherents. Utah quickly makes friends with a local surfer girl, Tyler (Lori Petty), as a way to gain entry into the surfing clique, who teaches him some of the basics of the sport. It turns out that Tyler is a friend of surfing legend and spiritual guru Bodhi (Patrick Swayze, in a tour de force performance), who not only sees his sport as a pathway to enlightenment, but sees life itself as a higher calling to be experienced to the pinnacle of every activity. Bodhi quickly sees the "kamikaze look" in Utah, who he recognizes as the former All-Big Ten quarterback from Ohio State. They are kindred spirits. Bodhi brings Utah under his wing, initially unaware that Utah is an FBI agent, and they set out as part of Bodhi's surfer-cum-extraordinary gentleman's club on various daredevil adrenaline trips such as skydiving into the sea, surfing at dusk and wild beach parties. All this is great, for sure, except Utah eventually realizes that his new best friend is actually the head of the Dead Presidents. That's when things really heat up. First is a seat-of-your-pants chase through what looks like South Central L.A. after Utah and Pappas break up the Presidents' latest bank heist. As the truth comes out, Bodhi controls Utah by threatening Tyler, who it turns out is Bodhi's former girlfriend, but who Utah is now in love with. When Tyler is kidnapped by Bodhi's gang, Utah is forced to become one of the Dead Presidents. Utah robs a bank with them, bystanders get killed--knocking it up to murder one--and then they end up in Mexico, where Tyler is finally freed--but not before Bodhi makes a dramatic getaway. The only clue Utah still has is that Bodhi must eventually get to Australia's Bell's Beach within a year to fulfill his spiritual destiny and catch the 50-Year Storm, a weather pattern which yields 200-ft high waves and the penultimate challenge for big-wave surfers. It seems that at least one of our two protagonists, Bodhi or Utah, will not survive and walk away from this storm. But that is part of the beauty of it all, is it not? Point Break is just about the most compelling action film you could ever wish for, especially if you are one of those coinosseurs who demands that a movie is both pretty to look at but also philosophically profound. Patrick Swayze's Bodhi brings a new meaning to the concept of hero-villain, by also making him somewhat of a prophet or seer at the same time. There's no doubt that you'll like what you see here. In addition to stunning surfing photography, the film achieves a certain zen flow which builds up to a definite crescendo towards the end. It's not enough for Bodhi to achieve greatness, on the ocean and in the mind, he must transcend our soul-robbing society and the law itself, and ultimately conquer death. He'll either succeed or fail, and obviously perhaps die trying, but either way, Point Break looks really good....more info
  • "Punk, Quarterback punk..."
    Generally panned by critics upon its release, Point Break has gone on to enjoy something of a minor cult following among action film fans who enjoy its breathlessly choreographed action sequences involving daring bank heists, car chases, skydiving and, of course, surfing - one of the film's most important selling points. The film came along after Patrick Swayze's phenomenal success with Ghost and he went completely in the opposite direction with this film. Point Break also proved to be a warm-up for Keanu Reeves who would become a full-fledged action hero with Speed a few years later.

    Point Break trots out and downright revels in stereotypes: Utah is the all-American good guy, Pappas is the burn out cop and they are constantly being chewed out by their jerk-off boss (McGinley) for their screwball antics. Surprisingly, it's Swayze's Zen master/surfer/bank robber that doesn't fall into an easy stereotype and comes across as the most interesting, charismatic character in the entire movie. And you have to give the credit to Swayze and his oddly fascinating performance. There is a nice scene where he tells Utah his philosophy of surfing, "It's a state of mind. It's that place where you lose yourself and find yourself." We find ourselves rooting not for Reeves' bland FBI agent but Swayze's thrillseeking surfer.

    Point Break is the epitome of a guilty pleasure: to dumb to defend rationally but with action sequences too cool to dismiss totally. It's a big, loud comic book of a movie and it knows it and has the conviction to go for it. But is it worth purchasing on DVD if you already own a copy?

    First up are eight deleted scenes that include more footage of Utah trying to surf. We also see him get more grief from his boss for his undercover work. There are other little bits of excised footage that doesn't really amount to all that much.

    "It's Make or Break" is a retrospective featurette. Busey, Petty and Swayze all contribute new interviews for this DVD and talk about their experiences making the movie.

    "Ride the Wave" examines the spirituality of surfing. The ocean is a double-edged sword - at once very beautiful but also very dangerous. This extra also takes a brief look at the surfer culture.

    "Adrenaline Junkies" examines the exciting stunts staged in the movie. Like his character, Swayze was into skydiving but the studio did not want him to do it. However, if you look at the first skydiving sequence, he really jumped out of the plane!

    "On Location: Malibu" is a more light-hearted extra as two of the Ex-Presidents (who were actual surfers) John Philbin and Bojesse Christopher take us on a mini-tour of key locations in Malibu used in the movie. They crack jokes and reminisce about key scenes.

    Also included are three trailers and a behind-the-scenes stills gallery....more info
  • Surfs Up
    Great movie to see some surf. There is plenty of action and the ending is breath taking. ...more info
  • One Of The Best Action Movies Ever Made!
    I saw this movie back in '91 when I was 8 yrs old and I'm a girl. Does this make me weird? I don't think so. I've loved Keanu Reeves since I saw him in the Disney film Young Again and Patrick Swayze since Dirty Dancing, so when these two paired up I couldn't believe it at the time. And what a pairing it was!
    Some of the best action sequences I have ever seen are in this film. Who has yet to have their face almost put into a lawnmower or chased a surfin "Ronald Reagan"? No one because Point Break is a one of a kind original! This movie also has some very funny and smart dialogue which most action films lack. If you haven't seen this movie you are missing out on some serious hotness by Mr. Reeves, crazy ass antics by Gary Busey, and an over the top but necessary performance by Patrick Swayze. So what are you waiting for? Go with the wind and get it now! ...more info
  • Keanu Reaves--The Best Bad Actor
    The other day I decided to pop in my DVD copy of Point Break, the movie that I believe was Keanu Reeves's coming out party as the worst actor of our generation. True, more people may know him from the two Bill & Ted movies, and now from the Matrix, but Point Break was his real breakout role. In Bill & Ted, Keanu plays an idiot; i.e. he plays himself. The real comedy comes when he tries to act in serious roles, beginning with his star turn opposite Patrick Swayze in Point Break.

    There is no getting past the hilarity in a preposterous movie that tries to take itself seriously. Keanu Reeves stars as Johnny Utah, a Midwestern boy two years removed from leading his college football team to the Rose Bowl as the star quarterback. He has just set foot in Los Angeles to begin a career in the FBI unit that investigates bank robberies. He is assigned to partner with 20 year veteran Angelo Pappas, who is annoyed to be "babysitting some quarterback punk." Pappas is played by the immortal Gary Busey.

    When you cast Keanu and Gary Busey, you already know that the movie is going to be ridiculous. Gary Busey is known as That Guy who was the bad guy in Under Siege, the crazy army guy in Black Sheep, the aging Cubs pitcher who dates Henry Roengarter's mom in Rookie of the Year, and also formerly known as That Guy who looks like Nick Nolte, although now I would say he is more famous and more entertaining than Nolte. Busey has gone from "That Guy" status to "Caricature of Himself" status, and to completely do him justice, he would need his own column.

    Before moving on, we need some Gary Busey quotes from this movie:

    "When they run they dump the vehicle and they vanish... like a virgin on prom night. I mean they vanish, swishh..."

    "Listen you snot-nose little [poop], I was takin' shrapnel in Khe Sanh when you were crappin' in your hands and rubbin' it on your face."

    "22 years. Man, L.A. has changed a lot during that time. The air got dirty and the sex got clean."

    "Let me tell you something, Harp. I was in this bureau while you were still popping zits on your funny face and [blank] off to the lingerie section of the Sears catalog."

    "I'm so hungry I could eat the [butt] end out of a dead rhino, I should have had you get me three of these things!"

    Anyways, there is a group of bank robbers called the ex-presidents. Gary Busey thinks that they are surfers, since they only rob during the summer months, and one of the guys mooned the security camera during their last robbery, and he has a surfers tan. So, Keanu goes undercover and heads for the beach, to learn to surf and try to get in with the surfer dudes, with the hope of finding the bank robber gang. Of course, there is a girl (That Girl who plays the younger sister in A League of Their Own) who teaches Keanu how to surf, but more importantly, become the token romantic interest who of course has a tie-in to the bad guys.

    Or, are they bad guys? We meet a band of surfers, with the leader a dude named Bodhi, played by Mr. Dirty Dancing himself, Patrick Swayze, with a little facial stubble and blond curls. There is the requisite male bonding between Keanu and Bodhi, mystical bull about being one with the waves, and the movie forgets that it is starring Keanu Reeves, and tries to be deep with Bodhi (after we find out-as if we didn't know-that he and his buddies are the Ex-Presidents) giving a speech about how corporate America is the real bad guy, and they are the ones who are really living life by being rebels, searching out the next wave, and blah blah blah.

    It won't be giving anything away to say that Bodhi and his boys find out that Keanu is an undercover cop, so they take him along for sky-diving (cue cheap symbolism) and let him join in with the Ex-Presidents on their next robbery; a rush Keanu won't pass on since Bodhi has the girlfriend under captive somewhere else. Things go bad during the robbery, and Bodhi and his two surviving bodacious dudes are on the run, with Keanu and Gary Busey on the trail. Busey (the real star, in my opinion, not only of this movie, but of every movie he graces his over caffeinated [over-coked?] self in) gets killed as Keanu won't allow him to shoot Bodhi, since he knows Bodhi must be kept free until the girlfriend is found. We have another skydiving scene, this time with Keanu not using the brain he doesn't have and jumping out of the plane without a parachute and catching onto Bodhi. We have reached our climatic moment-will Keanu, holding onto Bodhi, drop his gun and pull the parachute string at the last minute? A good movie might have allowed us to doubt what would happen.

    Bodhi goes on his way, and releases the girl to Keanu. The movie can't end here, though. We have to jump ahead 6 months to an approaching tsunami in Australia. Bodhi is ready to ride the wave of the century, and Keanu arrives on the scene to arrest him. Keanu cements his place as the worst actor of our generation with lines such as "You crossed the line. People trusted you and they died. You gotta go down" and THE line that shows Keanu's (limited) acting rang and (sadly) his jump into stardom, "I'm an EFF BEE EYE agent!" Will Keanu arrest Bodhi and bring him in, or let him have his one shot riding the wave of the century? Once again, this movie leaves no doubt.

    Point Break was terrible, yet very entertaining. Like the ghettho-ized Bad News Bears rip-off Hardball, and the so bad and clich¨¦d its unintentionally funny The Replacements, Keanu Reeves always manages to make movie-going quite an experience. I'd like to say to you, Keanu, and I think I speak for many, vaya con dios, bro.

    San Dimas football rules!!...more info