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Chasing Mavericks is a 2012 American drama biopic directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted.

The film is about the life of American surfer Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston), and his friendship with his mentor and next door neighbor, surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler).

It was the final film directed by Hanson, before his death in 2016.


This film features examples of:

  • Interrupted Suicide: Frosty attempts suicide after his wife's death by paddling out into the bay, but Jay helps him back to shore.
  • The Lost Lenore: Frosty is left devastated after his wife Brenda suddenly dies from a stroke.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The film ends with a title card revealing that Jay did marry his crush Kim, but unfortunately also that he died at age 22 while free-diving in the Maldives.

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