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Chasing Mavericks (2012)

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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

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Kario Salem (screenplay), Jim Meenaghan (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Frosty Hesson
Jonny Weston ... Jay Moriarity
Elisabeth Shue ... Kristy Moriarity
Abigail Spencer ... Brenda Hesson
Leven Rambin ... Kim Moriarity
Greg Long Greg Long ... Magnificent One
Peter Mel ... Magnificent Two
Zach Wormhoudt Zach Wormhoudt ... Magnificent Three
Devin Crittenden ... Blond
Taylor Handley ... Sonny
Cooper Timberline ... Young Jay
Maya Raines ... Roquet
Harley Graham ... Young Kim
Jenica Bergere ... Zeuf
James Anthony Cotton ... Frank
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Storyline

The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Legends Start Somewhere

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some perilous action | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Of Men and Mavericks See more »

Filming Locations:

Half Moon Bay, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,268,274, 28 October 2012

Gross USA:

$6,002,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,633,207
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stepping into Curtis Hanson's shoes at such short notice was a daunting experience for Michael Apted. He arrived on a Sunday, and started working the next day with a cast he'd never met, a crew he didn't know and on locations he'd never seen. See more »

Goofs

In the scene(s) where Jay sneaks onto the top of Frosty's van and gets his first look at Mavericks, when they are driving home, there is a red and green surfboard on the top of Frosty's van. During the trip home the surfboards change location on the top of the van; green on the left, red on the right to green on the right, red on the left, etc. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frosty Hesson: We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again...
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »

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Honey Baby
Written by Abraham Tanoa Kapana
Performed by Jules Larson
Produced by Jeff Cardoni
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Great Movie
4 November 2012 | by fredskalaSee all my reviews

I was surprised by some of the initially mixed reviews by the professional "critics" because this could very-well be the best surfing-themed movie of the decade. While the story may seem a bit contrived, it's actually based on a true story so I'm glad the writers did not exert too much "artistic license" to jazz it up for the typical Hollywood audience. (In this sense it has more of the feel of an independent film). The cinematography is excellent and the story-line inspiring. Set in funky Santa Cruz, CA in the 80's and 90's the surfer culture of this special corner of Northern California was well-captured. You certainly do not need to be a surfing fanatic to appreciate this film.


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