The Endless Summer
The Endless Summer (1966)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 15, 1966
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

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.

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Linda Stasi
New York Post

Just breathtaking.

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Robert Alden
New York Times

Visually fascinating.

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Cole Smithey

[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.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Dated but fascinating surfing documentary still charms.

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TV Guide

Dazzlingly picturesque.

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Jason Owens
"The Endless Summer" is a great movie to watch when you just want to relax and see a good movie. It's about a couple of surfers who go around the… More

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