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Big Wednesday (1978)




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A group of friends reunite ten years after they have served in Vietnam. Originally a group of surfers with an irresponsible approach to life, they find that things are much different after spending time fighting a war.

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Gary Busey
as Leroy Smith
Jan-Michael Vincent
as Matt Johnson
William Katt
as Jack Barlow
Lee Purcell
as Peggy Gordon
Barbara Hale
as Mrs. Barlow
Reb Brown
as Enforcer
Gerry Lopez
as Himself
Hank Worden
as Shopping Cart
Joe Spinell
as Psychologist
Steve Kanaly
as Sally's Husband
Keith Davis
as Ostrich
Frank McRae
as Sergeant
Perry Lang
as Tall Kid
Charlene Tilton
as Party Girl #2
Lynn Theel
as Party Girl #7
Todd Lookinland
as Surfer #3
Sasha Jenson
as Surfer #5
Iris Korn
as Old Woman
Ollie O'Toole
as Minister
Celia Kaye
as Bride of the Bear
Rick Dano
as Panhead
Yvon Arai
as Boggie
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Critic Reviews for Big Wednesday

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Looking back at the strong, young cast, the evocative sense of time and place and the thrilling ocean imagery, Big Wednesday certainly deserves a spot among the pantheon of classic surfing films.

June 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While all in all I prefer Milius' directorial debut Dillinger, it's hard to argue against the idea that his surfer epic "Big Wednesday" isn't his classic.

June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

A poorly made film that lacks ambiguity and results excessively evident. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

[VIDEO ESSAY] Milius constantly revisits the ocean's churning surf as a literal and metaphoric yardstick to underscore the movie's themes of personal responsibility, loyalty, and the pressures of unpredictable social change.

February 9, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Remains noteworthy as a cult film.

July 14, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Ambitious in goal, John Millius' tale suffers from an inconsistent tone, trying to be elegiac, nostalgic, and mythical in depicting the impact of Vietnam and aging on a clique of three surfers between 1962 and 1974 but the acting and imagery are good.

July 5, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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