Bustin' Down the Door
Bustin' Down the Door (2008)

Narrated by Edward Norton, Jeremy Gosch's Bustin Down the Door tells the tale of how a group of ambitious young men helped shape surfing into an international phenomenon in the winter of 1975.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This impressive sports doc finds enough drama in the situation to involve a wider audience, since the archive footage of these chaps gliding through waves the size of a house is quite something.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Some of the talk gets a little bombastic, but it's hard to deny the thrill involved.

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Simon Foster

Most importantly, Bustin' Down The Door elucidates upon the spirituality of surfing.

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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle

The film tries to tell us that money hasn't spoiled the fun, but I was much more curious about the black shorts than the Quicksilver brand board shorts.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Bustin' Down the Door entertainingly captures surfing's last great hoorah of no-holds-barred radicalism.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Almost all of the surfing footage is beautiful stuff, though you'll likely want to see even more.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

[An] insightful account of the rise of a, pardon the pun, new wave of surfers that transformed the sport in the mid-1970s.

Nathan Lee
New York Times

Happily, the filmmaker, Jeremy Gosch, puts his wide-eyed narrative together with an easy touch. With its amazing wall-to-wall footage of oceanic derring-do Bustin' Down the Door plays like visual air-conditioning.

Edward Porter
Times (UK)

Watching top surfers in action is never a chore, but the film's archive footage would have been even more enjoyable to lay viewers if the commentary had better explained why the men's innovations were so daring and controversial.

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