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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you sail or want to, here at last is a movie to watch.
Great photography and action. Watching sailing has often been described as like watching grass grow - different entirely to the real sensations when actually out there. Here is a movie where the photography redresses the balance - both that of the 12 metres in the fictional version of the America's Cup Races, and also that of the International 14's. The first movie I have...
Published on 3 April 2005 by David Burgess

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wind
My husband loves this film. Not because of the romantic content (that is so far down on his list of priorities, it's not true), but because of the sailing. And that's what you have to remember when watching this film - it's about the yachts, pure and simple, and the pure hard work that goes into racing them. And if you've ever raced yachts yourself, you will sympathise a...
Published on 26 Mar. 2003


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you sail or want to, here at last is a movie to watch., 3 April 2005
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David Burgess (Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Great photography and action. Watching sailing has often been described as like watching grass grow - different entirely to the real sensations when actually out there. Here is a movie where the photography redresses the balance - both that of the 12 metres in the fictional version of the America's Cup Races, and also that of the International 14's. The first movie I have found which shows quite how fast a mere few knots of speed actually seems. Super stuff as my various sailing friends agree. The plot is just slightly implausible in having an ad-hoc team build a winning 12 metre from scratch (in the desert far from the sea)but the on-board action when racing is great, with a real taste of the sea, the vigorous movement of the boats, and why it can be tough to crew out there even on short, day-long, races - no grass-growing here. Whilst there may be just a touch of "chick-flick" in the romance - and I am a bloke - I like happy ending chick-flicks best. Acting by Matthew Modine and Jennifer Grey is fine. If you do sail you will watch this in the evenings during the winter to offset any withdrawal symptoms. If not it might just get you excited about what the sailing obsession and sea fever is about. Try it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bracing!, 19 Mar. 2007
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My wife (who doesn't sail) and I really enjoyed watching this film! It brings the pure adrenalin-fuelled excitement of yacht racing, its highly competitive nature coupled with its tight community aspects, realistically to life. Additionally, it has enough romance in the storyline to pad out the action. As mentioned elsewhere, the race sequences are absolutely stunning and must have taken quite some doing to produce, although the mistakes that create the most drama (e.g. being luffed too hard whilst on a run) are pretty basic errors which you wouldn't really expect an AC helmsman to commit. The spice of historical reality - don't forget, most of this did actually happen, 1983-8 - enhanced the film for me. I wasn't even put off by the "suspension of disbelief" required when the boatbuilding of the challenger moves to the Nevada desert: I mean, Hungary is not exactly coastal territory, where you'd expect the gear for racing sailboats to be produced, but Laser spars are made here, as is Raymarine equipment and also the new RC44 for Russell Coutts (and there's a man who knows a thing or two about the America's Cup!) All in all, a very enjoyable film, especially for those long winter evenings during the off-season...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wind... a cinematic joy, 1 Oct. 2003
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Set against the backdrop of the old money driven American Americas Cup sailing, Modine and Grey are superb in a typically pro American flick. The plot is somewhat typical of a sporting film... Your a winner...then you loose...then depression sets in... then you fight... then , against all odds...you win. I LOVED it... wonderful filming of an extremely dramatic sport and the music fitted wonderfully. Grey is strong, independent (to a point!) and georgeous!!! Still trying to work out the tactical side of the racing though... great stuff... BUY IT
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enigmatic journey of love and ambition driven by wind., 8 Sept. 2001
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A lush work filled with beautiful cinematography and a powerful score. It tells the tale of a couple strong and in love being torn apart by the separate ambitions of their lives. His (Matthew Modine), dreams of being one of the best sailors in the world and claiming back the prestigious America's Cup. Her's (Jennifer Grey), to finish her doctorate of aviation creating a separate life for herself not in the shadow of her boyfriend's. The film is set on a backdrop of minimalist scenery and heart stopping races. A film to be watched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking stuff!, 3 May 2008
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I have been sailing since my teenage years and never seen a movie that comes so close to the real thing as this one. The cinematography is heart stopping, tight, close and incredibly beautiful, especially when it comes to all the race sequences. Here are no actors trying to pretend that they can sail, but two ships with full crews being watched closely as they race against each other, the realism is breathtaking!
Just one thing: I want more. I'd love to see a Special Edition of this movie as I'd like to know how this feat was achieved, plus I'd really want to listen to the director's commentary - I'd totally love to find out about the "Making Of" aspect of this finest of all sports sailing movies!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wind, 26 Mar. 2003
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This review is from: Wind [VHS] (VHS Tape)
My husband loves this film. Not because of the romantic content (that is so far down on his list of priorities, it's not true), but because of the sailing. And that's what you have to remember when watching this film - it's about the yachts, pure and simple, and the pure hard work that goes into racing them. And if you've ever raced yachts yourself, you will sympathise a lot with the highs and lows (physical and emotional) in this film. Of course, it's been Hollywooded, but don't let that depress you. There is some fantastic photography, especially during the race scenes. Even if it does have Jennifer Grey in, it's not Dirty Dancing with boats - it's a bit grittier and more realistic than that. Overall, it's a good Sunday afternoon film, when you don't want to watch anything too taxing on the brain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, but realistic?, 5 May 2013
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F. Panin "FabioStar" (Holland) - See all my reviews
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This is undoubtedly interesting to anyone involved with sailing, however I wonder if it tells the real story. It is rather unbelievable that the US and Australian teams made such gross mistakes such as hitting a buoy or tearing each other spinnaker. It would be curious to know if these "details" have been added for sake of suspense and movie making. In addition, I find excessive the emphasis given to the American proud ("we are the best in the world and can overcome anything"). Humbleness does not seem to belong to the American team dictionary. Perhaps is this how one should be to win the America's cup?
Having said all above, the movie is very skilfully crafted and the pictures (not only those of competing sail boats but also those shot in the Nevada desert) are a pleasure for the eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Region 1 DVS can be view in UK Laptops, 18 Oct. 2010
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I was very surprised to be able to view DVD Region 1 in my laptop here in London. When I bought it , I knew I was taking a risk .After consulting my friends the expert and IT gurus, they failed to explain me why I could not play this DVD on my DVD player, so I thought, what the hell, I just going to try myself , it cant be difficult just to put this DVD in my laptop. Bingo I did work. I lost myself in the movie, on my way and dreaming away, that may be, just may be, I could one day win the Amerian Cup too.LOL
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does for sailing what Top Gun did for Naval Aviators, 6 July 2013
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Yes its total escapism and so what! An ideal film to watch when the winter blues set in and all the salt water has dried out of your gils. Just watch those memories of previous years regatta's come flooding back or memories of your last blue water sailing holiday to distant shores.......or hell a fun day on the lake with the kids and the dingy.
Forget the soppy bits and the story line and just immerse yourself in the sailing action sequences and enjoy. Best I've seen filmed in many years.
Only downside is its Region 1 so may cause problems in Europe on single region players. Go get the laptop and plug into the TV and away you go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the wind, 9 Feb. 2013
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its like living the dream you are there its like being on the boat wish i was doing the race maybe one day
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