Point Break (1991)

In Katherine Bigelow’s classic crime caper, Point Break, surfing and bank robbing become unlikely bedfellows.

There’s a notorious band of bank robbers hitting Los Angeles, and they’re fast, efficient and hard to catch. Donning masks of US presidents, the gang aptly named the” Ex-Presidents,” has hit 27 banks in three years, evading the best law enforcement tactics. At the FBI, a young former football player turned agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), is up to the task of infiltrating their operation. His sleuthing reveals the criminals are master surfers, and they rob for the thrill and to finance their surfing lifestyle. Led by the charismatic Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), Johnny gains entry to the exclusive brotherhood and becomes entangled with Tyler (Lori Petty), one of the women in their crew. When Johnny creates a bond with the gang, his loyalties become divided when love and the law cross lines.

Rumour has it that Bigelow didn’t want anyone but Keanu Reeves for the role of Johnny Utah. With his chiselled good looks and athletic stature, he was the perfect foil to the devil-may-care Bodhi that Swayze embodied perfectly. The cast included Gary Busey, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, and TV star Lee Tergesen, plus surf lessons, Swayze’s daredevil sky-diving hobby and Reeves’ research with real FBI agents and a football coach were all part of the behind-the-scenes lore. This 1991 film blew the box office away, making over 80 million dollars, and even though initial reviews were mostly lukewarm, Point Break has become a cult classic with fans worldwide.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette


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Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves worked together with Rob Lowe on the 1986 film Youngblood shot in Toronto.