7.2/10
5,722
68 user 42 critic

Big Wednesday (1978)

Trailer
2:52 | Trailer
The lives of some California surfers from the early 1960s to the 1970s.

Director:

John Milius
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Borneo, 1942: An American soldier escapes WWII and becomes the king of the headhunters in the jungle. Two British soldiers are parachuted into the area to find local support for the battle against the Japanese.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, Frank McRae
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In early twentieth century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith
Dillinger (1973)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips
The Devil's 8 (1969)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A federal agent rounds up eight convicts to help fight a vicious moonshine gang.

Director: Burt Topper
Stars: Christopher George, Fabian, Tom Nardini
Documentary | Adventure | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Bruce Brown, king of surfing documentaries, returns after nearly thirty years to trace the steps of two young surfers to top surfing spots around the world. Along the way we see many of the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Brown
Stars: Patrick O'Connell, Robert 'Wingnut' Weaver, Robert August
Milius (2013)
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius.

Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson
Stars: John Milius, Ethan Milius, Amanda Milius
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During the air war over Vietnam, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown
Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears
Motorcycle Gang (TV Movie 1994)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Cal and his family are driving to their new home in California and are terrorized by a motorcycle gang along the highway.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Gerald McRaney, Jake Busey, John Cassini
Melvin Purvis G-MAN (TV Movie 1974)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Dale Robertson, Harris Yulin, Dick Sargent
Riding Giants (2004)
Documentary | History | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary detailing the origins and history of surf culture.

Director: Stacy Peralta
Stars: Laird Hamilton, Darrick Doerner, Dave Kalama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Follows the rise and fall of rebel leader in a post-apocalyptic world.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Richard Martens, John Milius
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Matt Johnson
William Katt ... Jack Barlow
Gary Busey ... Leroy Smith
Patti D'Arbanville ... Sally Jacobson
Lee Purcell ... Peggy Gordon
Sam Melville ... Bear
Darrell Fetty ... Jim 'Waxer' King
Gerry Lopez ... Gerry Lopez
Hank Worden ... Shopping Cart (as Hank Warden)
Joe Spinell ... Psychologist
Steve Kanaly ... Sally's Husband
Barbara Hale ... Mrs. Barlow
Fran Ryan ... Lucy
Dennis Aaberg Dennis Aaberg ... Slick
Reb Brown ... Enforcer
Edit

Storyline

Matt Johnson, Jack Barlow, and Leroy Smith are three young California surfers in the 1960s. At first reveling in the carefree life of beaches, girls, and waves, they eventually must face the fact that the world is changing, becoming more complex, less answerable by simple solutions. Ultimately the Vietnam war interrupts their idyll, leaving them to wonder if they will survive until "Big Wednesday," the mythical day when the greatest, cleanest, most transcendent wave of all will come. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A day will come that is like no other... and nothing that happens after will ever be the same See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Wednesday See more »

Filming Locations:

La Libertad, El Salvador See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A-Team See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jeff Bridges turned down the role of Matt. See more »

Goofs

It is 1965, but 1970s cars are visible as they drive to the military entrance processing station. See more »

Quotes

Leroy the Masochist: Why don't you get back to Burbank!
See more »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 31 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Twist
(uncredited)
Written by Hank Ballard
Performed by Chubby Checker
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Schmaltzy, beautifully shot coming of age drama with the ever watchable Gary Busey.
3 March 2001 | by moz-1See all my reviews

Gary Busey's career high as the insane "Masochist" with the irrisistable quote "More Beer!". Okay, this is a little patchy, but it's beautifully shot and has that old fashioned innocence that most modern teen films lack. The surfing rules and the leading trio is well played. Oh and I forgot to mention, the entire narration is by none other than Elm street's Fred Kreuger, a.k.a Robert Englund, which just makes it uber-cool in my minds eye; but I am biased. A great feel-good movie from when movies still felt pretty good.


14 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 68 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed