|Posted: Mon., May 24, 2010,
Hollywood Don't Surf!
By ROB NELSON
A MacGillivray Freeman Films production. Produced by Greg MacGillivray,
Lincoln Forrest Phipps, Chris Kobin. Executive producer, William S.
Price III. Directed by Greg MacGillivray, Sam George. Written by George.
With: John Milius, Jan-Michael Vincent, Gary Busey, William Katt, Steven
Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Stacy Peralta, Peter Townend,
Lee Purcell, Robert Englund, Greg
MacGillivray, Nia Peeples, Pamela Anderson, Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll,
Frankie Avalon, Kathy Kohner.
Sam George and Greg MacGillivray's docu "Hollywood Don't Surf!" employs
primo film clips and gnarly interviews (Quentin Tarantino, dude!) to
trace the choppy history of surfing cinema from "Gidget" and "The
Endless Summer" to "Point Break" and "Blue Crush." Awesomely, it focuses
most on "Big Wednesday," surfer-shooter John Milius's $6 million cult
classic from 1978. Hailed by Tarantino as the "poet laureate of the
('70s) movie brats," Milius doesn't get nearly his full due here, but
the pic makes waves nonetheless. Channel-surfing cineastes will be
wicked stoked to catch the stunt-double-laden docu on the smallscreen.
(note: It will actually be in theatres.)
Steven Spielberg turns up here,
remembering that he and George Lucas traded blockbuster box office
points with Milius. The docu justly likens Milius' last-wave epic to
Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" -- one with horses, the other with
Camera (color, HD), Brad Ohlund, Shaun
MacGillivray, Greg MacGillivray, Kevin Roberts, Robert Walker; editor,
Dale Beldin; music, Steve Wood; sound, Ken Teaney. Reviewed at Cannes
Film Festival (Cannes Classics), May 15, 2010. Running time: 81 MIN.