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Point Break

Theatrical poster
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Produced by James Cameron
Peter Abrams
Robert L. Levy
Written by W. Peter Iliff
James Cameron (uncredited)
Starring Patrick Swayze
Keanu Reeves
Gary Busey
Lori Petty
John C. McGinley
James LeGros
Cinematography Donald Peterman
Editing by Howard L. Smith
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 12, 1991
Running time 123 minutes
Country Japan
United States
Language English
Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $83,531,958[1]

Point Break is a 1991 action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term "point break".[2]

The film was a box office success upon its release and it has since gathered a cult following.



Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), is a rookie FBI agent and former Ohio State quarterback who, with his partner, Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey), are investigating a string of bank robberies by a gang known as the Ex-Presidents. They are called this because they use masks of former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson to disguise their true identities.

Pursuing Pappas's theory that the criminals are surfers, Utah goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing community. Knowing nothing of the sport/lifestyle, Utah persuades orphan surfer girl, Tyler Endicott (Lori Petty), to teach him to surf. In the process, Utah develops a complex friendship with Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), charismatic leader of a gang of surfers, Roach (James LeGros), Grommet (Bojesse Christopher), and Nathaniel (John Philbin), who accept Utah when they realize he is a great athlete. As he masters the art of surfing, Utah finds himself increasingly drawn to the surfers' adrenaline-charged lifestyle, Bodhi's philosophies, and Tyler.

Following a clue gotten 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. While criminals, this group are not the Ex-Presidents and the raid inadvertently ruins a DEA undercover operation. Watching Bodhi's group surfing, Utah suspects they are the Ex-Presidents from the way one of them moons at everyone as one of the robbers did when leaving the bank. He tails Bodhi and his suspicions are confirmed by Bodhi and Roach casing a bank. Utah and Pappas stakeout the bank and the Ex-Presidents appear. A furious chase ensues through the neighbourhood, culminating in Utah having a clear shot at Bodhi but is unable to shoot him and Bodhi escapes.

Bodhi aggressively recruits him into going skydiving with him and his friends. Utah, still without proof of Bodhi's bank robbing, goes along. After the jump, Bodhi reveals that he knows Utah is an FBI agent and has arranged for his friend, Rosie, to hold Tyler hostage. Rosie, Utah knows, is a non-surfing thug and is forced to go with the Ex-Presidents in their last bank robbery of the summer. The robbery goes wrong and Grommet and an off-duty cop are killed as Utah is left at the scene. Defying their boss, who arrests Utah for armed robbery, Pappas and Utah go to the airport where Bodhi, Roach, and Nathaniel are about to leave for Mexico (where Rosie and Tyler await them). Pappas and Nathaniel are killed in another shootout and Roach is seriously wounded. Bodhi, Roach and Utah leave in the plane. Once airborne and over their intended jump point, Bodhi and Roach put on parachutes and jump from the plane,leaving Utah to take the blame again. Despite no other parachutes being available, Utah jumps from the plane regardless, managing to intercept Bodhi before he lands and use his parachute so they both land safely. Once on the ground, Bodhi and Rosie meet up, check on Roach (who is now dead) and escape. Bodhi orders Rosie to release Tyler and then the pair leave with the money.

Utah eventually meets Bodhi again two years later at Bells Beach in Australia where a record storm is producing lethal waves, an event Bodhi had talked about experiencing. After a brutal fight, Utah manages to handcuff Bodhi to his own wrist, but is persuaded to release him so he can ride the once-in-a-lifetime wave that will kill him. Utah walks away, throwing his FBI badge into the ocean.



Originally, Matthew Broderick and Charlie Sheen were to star in Point Break with Ridley Scott directing.[3] 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.[3]

Point Break was originally called Johnny Utah when Keanu Reeves was cast in the title role.[3] 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 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.[3] "Point Break" occurs as an offhand phrase in the book Tapping the Source which was the original inspiration for this film—Preston the surf guru tells Ike the protagonist "What you need's a good point break," Preston told him. "Some kelp beds out there to cut the chop."

Reeves liked the name of his character as it reminded him of star athletes like Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana.[4] 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."[3] Swayze felt that Bodhi was a lot like him and that they both shared "that wild-man edge."[3]

Two months before filming, Lori Petty, Reeves, and Swayze trained with former world class professional surfer Dennis Jarvis on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.[3] Jarvis remembers, "Patrick said he'd been on a board a couple of times, Keanu definitely hadn't surfed before, and Lori had never been in the ocean in her life."[5] Shooting the surfing sequences proved to be challenging for both 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 the actor was a natural and took to it right away.[3] The actor ended up making 55 jumps for the film.[6] Swayze actually based aspects of his character after one of his stunt doubles, Darrick Doerner, a top big wave surfer.[7]


Point Break was released on July 12, 1991 in 1,615 theaters, grossing $8.5 million on its opening weekend. With a budget of $24 million, the film went on to make $43.2 million in North America and $40.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $83.5 million.[1]

The film received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Roger Ebert 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."[8] 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."[9] 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."[10] 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."[11] 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."[12] 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."[13] 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."[14]

At the 1992 MTV Movie Awards, Point Break was nominated for three awards including "Most Desirable Male" (Keanu Reeves), "Most Desirable Male" (Patrick Swayze), and "Best Action Sequence" for the second jump from the plane. In it, Agent Utah jumps out of a plane without a parachute to catch Bodhi and rescue Tyler. Utah catches up with Bodhi and holds a gun to his head. However, Bodhi refuses to pull the rip cord and Utah must decide between dropping his gun (so he can hold on and pull the rip cord) or letting the two fall to the ground.

In 2006, a special edition of Point Break was released on DVD. 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."[15]


The film has 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 his (or her) 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."[16]

Point Break was listed in the VH1 series I Love the 90s on the episode "1991". Many celebrities, including Dominic Monaghan, Maroon 5, Mo Rocca, Michael Ian Black, Hal Sparks, and Jackass's Chris Pontius, commented about the movie and why it deserved to be included in the episode. As Hal Sparks says "We never saw Bodhi die... I smell a sequel, Point Break 2: Paddling Out." The use of the term "Paddling Out" drew suspicions that a possible sequel could involve Bodhi "paddling out" to New Zealand (as reinforced by his quote in the film).

The scene in which Utah jumps after Bodhi without a parachute was ranked seventh in Empire magazine's Top 10 Crazy Action Sequences. The scene was also tested by the Discovery Channel series MythBusters. It was determined that Utah and Bodhi would not have been able to free-fall for 90 seconds (as illustrated in the movie), nor would they have been able to hold a conversation in mid-air. However, it was determined that, by streamlining his body, Utah could have conceivably caught up with Bodhi after jumping from the plane.[17] Entertainment Weekly ranked Point Break as having one of the "10 Best Surfing Scenes" in cinema.[18]


Score album

On February 7, 2008, a score release for Point Break was released by La-La Land Records, featuring composer Mark Isham's score. This edition was limited to 2,000 units and features 65 minutes of score with liner notes by Dan Goldwasser that incorporates comments from both Bigelow and Isham. It is now out of print.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Point Break (1991)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=pointbreak.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  2. ^ Point break definition by Babylon's free Dictionary
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Point Break DVD Liner Notes". Point Break: Pure Adrenaline Edition (20th Century Fox). 2006. 
  4. ^ Strauss, Bob (July 12, 1991). "I'd like to do a lot of different things". The Globe and Mail. 
  5. ^ "Board Certified". Entertainment Weekly. July 26, 1991. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,314913,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Karen (July 12, 1991). "Swayze's latest step". USA Today. 
  7. ^ Willistein, Paul (July 17, 1991). "Swayze enjoys bad-guy role in Point Break". Toronto Star. 
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (July 12, 1991). "Point Break". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19910712/REVIEWS/107120303/1023. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  9. ^ Maslin, Janet (July 12, 1991). "Surf's Up For F.B.I. In Bigelow's Point Break". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D0CE3D9143EF931A25754C0A967958260. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  10. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (July 26, 1991). "Point Break". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,314916,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  11. ^ Hinson, Hal (July 12, 1991). "Point Break". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/pointbreakrhinson_a13f81.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  12. ^ Travers, Peter (April 11, 2001). "Point Break". The Washington Post. http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/5947465/review/5947466/point_break. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  13. ^ Clark, Mike (July 12, 1991). "Point Break is a dramatic wipeout". USA Today. 
  14. ^ Corliss, Richard (July 22, 1991). "Cinema". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,973430,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  15. ^ Bierly, Mandi (September 29, 2006). "DVD Review: Point Break". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1540537,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  16. ^ "Point Break LIVE!". May 12, 2009. http://www.cellspace.org/new/node/125. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  17. ^ See MythBusters (2007 season)#Point_Break_Trilogy
  18. ^ "10 Best Surfing Scenes". Entertainment Weekly. August 8, 2002. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,231017__334753_9,00.html. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  19. ^ LA LA LAND RECORDS, Point Break

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Point Break is a 1991 action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow; starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. The title refers to the surfing term point break.



  • 100% pure adrenaline!
  • Goddamn! You are one radical son of a bitch!
  • If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.
  • I hate this Johnny. I really do. I hate violence. That is why I had Rosie do this, I could never do that man, I could never hold a knife to Tyler's throat, she was my woman, we shared time. But, Rosie, he's like a machine. He's got this gift of blankness. Once you set him in motion, he will not stop. So, when three o'clock comes, he will gut her like a pig, and try not to get any on his shoes and there is nothing I can do.
  • I know Johnny. I know you want me so bad it's like acid in your mouth. But, not this time.
  • Life sure has a sick sense of humor, doesn't it?
  • They only live to get radical.
  • Yo, Johnny! I see you in the next life!
  • Fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true.
  • That's what I love about you johnny...you're just as sharp as a razor.
  • You didn't hesitate and they didn't back you down an inch, and that is very rare in this world.

Johnny Utah

  • I've been to every city in Mexico. I came across an unclaimed piece of meat in Baja, turned out to be Rosie. I guessed he picked a knife fight with somebody better. Found one of your passports in Sumatra, I missed you by about a week at Fiji. But, I knew you wouldn't miss the fifty year storm, Bodhi.
  • [to Bodhi] You crossed the line. People trusted you and they died. You gotta' go down.
  • [to Bodhi] Vaya Con Dios.
  • You gonna jump or jerk off?
    • [after a long discussion about which parachute Johnny Utah should use]
  • You're sayin' the FBI's gonna pay me to learn to surf?


  • 22 years. Man, L.A. has changed a lot during that time. The air got dirty and the sex got clean.
  • I'm so hungry I could eat the ass end out of a dead rhino (WINO - not rhino!!!), I should have had you get me three of these things!
  • ...last time you had a feeling I had to kill a guy, and I hate that... It looks bad on my report.
  • Reagan usually does the driving. Stolen switch car. They leave it running... on the curb. It look sparked from the distance. When they run they dump the vehicle and they vanish... like a virgin on prom night. I mean they vanish, swishh...
  • [while aiming a gun at a surfer] Speak into the microphone, squid brain!
  • This Calvin and Hobbes is funny!
  • Welcome to Sea World, Kid.


15: Surfing's the source man... swear to God.
Abraham Lincoln: Gentlemen, I promised to take Mrs. Lincoln to Ford's Theater tonight. We'll continue this tomorrow.
Ben Harp: [Walking Utah through the FBI office] You know nothing. In fact, you know less than nothing. If you knew that you knew nothing, then that would be something, but you don't.
Surfer: You're about to jump out a perfectly good airplane Jonny, how do you feel about that?


Bodhi: It's basic dog psychology, if you scare them and get them peeing down their leg, they submit. But if you project weakness, that promotes violence, and that's how people get hurt.
Roach: Peace, through superior firepower.

Ben Harp: You're a real blue flame special, aren't you, son? Young, dumb and full of cum, I know. What I don't know is how you got assigned out here in Los Angeles with us. Guess we must just have ourselves an asshole shortage, huh?
Johnny Utah: [quietly] Not so far.

Ben Harp: Special agent Utah! This is not some job, flipping burgers at the local drive-in! Yes! - the surf board bothers me! Yes! - your approach to this whole goddamn case bothers me! And yes! - YOU BOTHER ME!!! And Pappas! Oh, for the love of Christ! How the hell did I even let you talk me into this whole bone-headed idea to begin with?!
Pappas: Harp! We are working under-cover. It takes time. We've produced a few...
Ben Harp: NO, no, no, no, no-no-no-NO! Let me tell you what you've produced... Over the last two weeks, you two have produced exactly SQUAT! SQUAT!!! During which time the Ex-Presidents have robbed two more banks!! Now for Christ's sake, does either one of you have anything even remotely interesting to tell me?
[brief pause]
Johnny Utah: I caught my first tube today... Sir.

Pappas: Let me tell you something, Harp. I was in this bureau while you were still popping zits on your funny face and jacking off to the lingerie section of the Sears catalog. But there's something I've learned in all my years that you still haven't got.
Ben Harp: Why don't you astonish me, shitface.
Pappas: [Pappas punches Harp] Respect for my elders!

Ben Harp: Do you think that taxpayers would like it Utah, if they knew that they were paying a federal agent to surf and pick up girls?
Johnny Utah: Babes.
Ben Harp: I beg your pardon?
Johnny Utah: The correct term is Babes, sir.

Diving Instructor: Heads up, Pappas. I want to see you retrieve at least two bricks from the bottom.
Pappas: [puts on blindfold] I've been on the job for over 20 years, I've fired my piece over nineteen times in the line of duty, and I fail to see what a blind man fishing bricks from the bottom of a pool has got to do with being a special agent. And on top of that, I get saddled with some jock, some quarterback punk...Johnny Unitas or something.
Johnny Utah: The shit they pull, huh?
Pappas: Yeah!
Diving Instructor: Hey Angie...here's your guy.
Pappas: What?
[removes blindfold]
Johnny Utah: [waves]
Pappas: Pappas. Angelo Pappas.
Johnny Utah: Punk. Quarterback Punk.

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 your 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!

DEA Agent Deets: You think your real cowboys, huh? Batman and Robin, huh! You know what this is? You know what this is, punk? This is two kilos, uncut, crystal meth!
Pappas: Awwwww, Shit!
Ben Harp: Special agent, Utah! I like you to meet Agent Deets. He was working deep cover until...
DEA Agent Deets: [Interrupts] You think I like this hair, man! You think I like these clothes? My wife wants me to stay at Ramanda! I've been working on these fuckers for THREE MONTHS! THREE MONTHS! Now I finally got them to play wheel of fortune with me so I could find out who their suppliers is. Then you fuckin' cowboys show up!
Pappas: Nice tattoo, Deets!
DEA Agent Deets: Oh, you like that Pappas, huh? Fuck you!
Pappas: Jesus!
DEA Agent Deets: All I wanna know, smart guy! All I wanna know is how these guys could be robbin' Tarzana City National on August 2nd when they were in Fort fuckin' Lauderdale August 2nd? Why don't you figure that out, huh?
Ben Harp: That's not an easy thing to do, is it Utah?
DEA Agent Deets: [Slams bags of meth into Utah's chest] Fuckin' jerks!

Johnny Utah: I'm not armed.
[lifts up his shirt to Bodhi]
Bodhi: But, you're not alone.
Johnny Utah: Good guess. There is a gun on you now.
Johnny Utah: Where is Roach?
Bodhi: He's around somewhere. Listen Johnny, we're in a kind of a hurry is there anything you need?
Johnny Utah: You gotta tell me where she is.
Bodhi: Oh yeah, and let my policy expire. Good idea.
Johnny Utah: Look Bodhi, people are dead, the ride is over.
Bodhi: Oh no no no. I say when it's over.
Johnny Utah: They will nail you wherever you land. They'll use something new called radar, maybe you've heard of it.
Bodhi: What is your...
Johnny Utah: Bodhi, I know you man. When they fall on you, you won't back down and they'll have to burn your ass to the ground.
Bodhi: Shit happens.
Johnny Utah: You gotta death wish. You want to ride to glory, fine. But, don't take Tyler with you. I'm begging you. Tell me where she is, and I walk away.
Bodhi: You walk away?
Johnny Utah: I walk away.
Bodhi: That's beautiful Johnny.

Nathanial: You act like nothing happened.
Bodhi: Relax Nathanial.
Nathanial: [shouting] Don't tell me to relax Bodhi! He's a fuckin' Federal agent!
Roach: I should've shot him when I had a chance.
Grommet: I say we pack up our shit and leave town tonight.
Rosie: You run, you die.
Bodhi: Did you know that we've hit thirty banks in three years and they weren't able to touch us, and all this does is raise the stakes of the game.
Grommet: [nervously shouting] Fuck the stakes Bodhi! The only one that thinks that this is a game is you man this is real. This is serious shit, and I am scared.
Bodhi: What's the matter with you guys? This was never about the money, this was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit. We stand for something. We are here to show those guys that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human spirit is still alive. Don't worry about this guy, okay? I know exactly what to do with him.

Roach: Hey man, I'm cold. Really cold.
Bodhi: Here's your jacket
[helps Roach put his jacket on then hugs him to warm him up]
Bodhi: Johnny, hand me that bag of money.
Johnny Utah: [Johnny stands up to get the bag of money, then explains why Roach feels cold] You're cold because all of the blood is running out of your body Roach. You're gonna be dead soon. I hope it was worth it.
Bodhi: Don't listen to him, he's just scared. Just think about all of those senoritas and margaritas nursing you back to health.
[helps Roach put his parachute pack on him]
Roach: What the fuck are you looking at?

Nathanial: Lawyers don't surf
Bodhi: This one does

Johnny Utah: Bohdi! This is your fucking wakeup call man, I AM AN EFF...BEE... EYE AGENT!
Bodhi: I know, isn't it wild!

Australian cop at the end of the movie: We'll get him when he comes back in!
Johnny Utah: He's not coming back.

Johnny Utah: [shouts from the shore] Hey! My name's Johnny Utah!
Tyler Ann Endicott: [paddling away] Who cares!

Roach: There's nothing as exhilarating, man. Not even sex.
Tyler Ann Endicott: Maybe you're not doing it right, Roach.


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