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Chasing Mavericks [DVD]

Gerard Butler , Elisabeth Shue , Bill Pope , Curtis Hanson    To Be Announced   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Jonny Weston, Leven Rambin, Abigail Spencer
  • Directors: Bill Pope, Curtis Hanson
  • Producers: Curtis Hanson, Michael Apted, Brandon Hooper
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DY1V2CW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,398 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Gerard Butler stars in this surfing drama. Santa Cruz teenager Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston) discovers that the Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists only a few miles from his home. Instantly gripped by the dream of surfing the wave, he begs local surfing legend Frosty Hesson (Butler) to help him achieve his goal. But with tide patterns dictating that the Mavericks is due to reappear in just 12 weeks, has Jay got what it takes to conquer this epic wave?

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film 31 Mar 2013
I though it would be good, but it was even better.
Storyline was interesting and as a ,,of the sea'' person I enjoyed every moment.
Cast was very good and all actors have done excellent performances.
It was all so real and natural.
Gerard Butler was in this film brilliant.
Thank you all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Pillar. 21 Nov 2013
Okay, I only ordered this film for the heart-pounding surfing scenes (which were indeed fantastic AND real), barely hoping to also enjoy the script and the acting. Based on a true-life story of the legendary precocious surfer Jay Moriarity, played with boyish appeal by Jonny Weston, who, I thought, did a great job. Generally, the whole cast were very good and all actors performed excellently. I have a love-hate (more hate) relationship with Gerard Butler, but he was very organic and natural in the role of Frosty, this film was made for him.

"Chasing Mavericks" simply follows one young boy's extraordinary determination and training to conquer the legendary Maverick waves, at the same time touching on breaking and mending hearts, philosophical musings, high-school romance and father-son bonds. Sounds cheesy, right? Nevertheless I really enjoyed this film. It ain't The Endless Summer Collectors Edition (2 Disc) [DVD], but it is not trying to be. It is simply a good surfing movie.

What I did not at all expect is the tears at the end. What a story (and I am referring to the actual story of the life - and death - of Jay Moriarty, not the narrative of the film).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a GREAT surfing true story 22 Jun 2013
By PeNny
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This is a true story. Gerard Butler,Frosty, is a strong yet humble character who trains a fatherless boy to surf the most ENORMOUS waves......the wonders of creation !. The photography takes your breath away,the awesomeness of the sea and surfers. There is everything to like about this film,nothing to dislike. Top marks
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aazing cineatography!! 16 Mar 2013
This film is worth watching for its great cinematography. Even if you are not a surfing fan, see this movie. It is really worth it. The waves are real!!. Gerard Butler is also very good as Frosty Hesson and Johnny Weston has also given a good performance as Jay. This is a true story about Jay Moriarty who rode these great waves at a very young age proving how we can do whatever we really want to!!
Great movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing mavericks 7 Sep 2013
Just excellent, this is the type of film you watch when you have had a long day at work and just want an uplifting, truly inspiring film to watch 110% a film to watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Cares About the Story! Just Catch the Action! 30 April 2014
I will admit straight away that I am possibly the world’s worst surfer! If I manage to get through the surf at all, it inevitably leads to multiple wipe outs. Those I am a leading expert on, but hey if you can’t surf then the next best thing is to watch a decent surf film, and they are pretty thin on the ground. John Milius’s elegiac coming of age hymn to sixties surfing “Big Wednesday”(78) has to be my favourite. That film also features some big wave action! Then there is Bruce Brown’s seminal “The Endless Summer”(66), with its quirky narration and great sense of fun. Aside from those and a few good documentaries there has not been anything of real quality, which probably indicates how hard it is to make a surf movie. Fans want to see a decent chunk of surf action in the film, which makes it hard to squeeze in a meaningful story. In truth this one is not very different in that respect, but that said it is genuine and honest in its attempt to dramatise the life of surf legend Jay Moriarty. It also happens to contain a lot of adrenalin fuelled action on monstrous waves.

In the film we follow young Jay, played by newcomer Jonny Weston, as he learns the skills needed to survive the huge waves at mighty Mavericks in northern California. He is mentored by his surfing neighbour Frosty Hesson played by Gerard Butler. Young Jay has a lot to learn before he takes on the big one when El Nino blows. In between the surf action there are growing up issues, and tragedy also rears its ugly head. It is easy to shoot the story down in flames, but to be honest it provides just enough framework of a story without taking away from the surfing which is rightfully at the heart of the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good waves - but more about relationships 21 Nov 2013
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
A really good film on the face of it about surfing , and it contains some great shots of enormous waves and good surfers but it's really a true story about a young boy's struggle for recognition and acceptance and shows what you can achieve if you want something badly enough. Well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Cinematography 6 Aug 2013
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I absolutely loved the dvd. One of Gerard Butlers best movies. A few cliches along the way, but overall a true touching story The cinematography in this film is just stunning.Whoever photographed it did a great job. Lovely cast.....all played their parts well.
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