The Endless Summer
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While Bruce Brown had been making films about surfing since the late 1950s, The Endless Summer was his first film to receive a nationwide release; it was also the first serious cinematic look at the sport to click with a mass audience. In his narration, Brown muses that if someone had enough time and money, they could literally follow the summer around the globe, and so Brown and two of his surfing buddies, Robert August and Mike Hynson, decide to do just that. With their surfboards as luggage, August and Hynson travel from one coastline to the next, trying the waves in Hawaii, Africa,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"Shunning the tons of equipment ordinarily taken along on location, Brown used only what he could carry. The beautiful photography he brought home almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn't been trying too hard."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The film is an invaluable time capsule of surfing and cultural significance. If it still occurs as the ultimate example of a vacation-as-vocation movie, then so much the better."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"As surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August teach natives to surf and get chased by dolphins and zebras, you can't help but laugh and feel good while watching their lighthearted antics."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Just breathtaking."
‑ Linda Stasi, New York Post
"Visually fascinating."
‑ Robert Alden, New York Times
"Dazzlingly picturesque."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A lot more intriguing than any "surfing documentary" oughtta be."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Brown leaves analysis of the surf-cult mystique to seagoing sociologists, but demonstrates quite spiritedly that some of the brave souls mistaken for beachniks are, in fact, converts to a difficult, dangerous and dazzling sport."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Groovy music by the Sandals, a five-piece surfing outfit, accompany the beautiful images and Brown's hip surfer-speak is a history lesson in itself."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Premier surfing documentary by Bruce Brown."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Bruce Brown's loving surfing documentary."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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