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"100 percent pure adrenaline"

"You trying to tell me the F.B.I.'s going to pay me to learn to surf?"
Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves)
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Point Break is a 1991 action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break.

The film was a box office success upon its release, and it has since gathered a cult following. The film also contains notable celebrity cameos including Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis. There is a stage adaptation, Point Break LIVE!, in which the role of Johnny Utah is cast from the audience moments before the show starts in order to maintain the "authenticity" of the role.

In this action/crime-drama, Reeves stars as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent whose background consists of having served as a quarterback for Ohio State. Johnny and his partner Angelo Pappas, (Gary Busey) are assigned to investigate a string of bank robberies in the Los Angeles area committed by a gang nicknamed the "Ex-Presidents", due to their use of masks of former presidents during said robberies. Their investigation leads them to a group of surfers led by Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), an adrenaline-junkie who would do anything for a cheap thrill... perhaps even rob banks.

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Johnny falls fast for Bodhi's ex-girlfriend Tyler (Lori Petty), who he convinces to teach him how to surf. Johnny begins to suspect Bodhi of involvement with the robberies performed by the ex-presidents, but at the same time becomes addicted to his adrenaline charged, thrill seeking lifestyle. In the end he is so immersed in the extreme sports that he has a difficult choice to make: friends or duty?

A remake was released in 2015, which stars Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah and Édgar Ramírez as Bodhi. The remake also gained a Crossover DLC with PAYDAY 2 in which you get to play as Ramirez!Bodhi as a full-on heister.


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This Movie Contains Examples Of:

  • Acoustic License: Bohdi and Johnny Utah have a conversation in freefall.
  • Affably Evil: Bodhi in spades.
  • Always Save the Girl: Invoked. Bodhi secures Johnny's help in making his getaway by showing him footage of his girlfriend in the custody of a Psycho for Hire.
  • Anti-Villain: Many people see Bodhi as this.
  • “Awesome McCool” Name: Johnny Utah. Word of God says that they wanted to give him a memorable name similar to football legend Johnny Unitas.
  • Badass Bystander: The final heist was already going wrong but it was salvageable, but the moment it went into "bloodshed" territory was when one of the customers, an off-duty cop, pulled out his gun and opened fire.
  • Battle in the Rain: The final fight between Johnny and Bodhi.
  • Becoming the Mask: Johnny Utah pretends to be an extreme sports enthusiast to try and find out who the Ex-Presidents are, but after learning how to surf and skydive he really does come to love extreme sports.
  • BFG: Bodhi's Freedom Arms Model 83 revolver, chambered in .454 Casull (a cartridge with almost TWICE the muzzle energy of a .44 Magnum).
  • Big "NO!": Shouted by Johnny Utah when he sees Pappas being shot in the back with a shotgun.
    • Also Bodhi when Johnny has him handcuffed on the beach at the end and realizes he can't make an easy escape.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: Bodhi goes off to surf the "50 Year Storm", with his death all but guaranteed, and even if he does somehow manage to survive, the FBI is waiting for him at the beach. The film shows Bodhi being swallowed up by the waves, but never confirms his ultimate fate.
  • Bulletproof Vest: The Ex-Presidents wear them while robbing the banks. One saves Johnny's life when he takes two bullets to the chest, though he is still knocked off his feet and is shown in pain and gasping for air on the floor afterwards.
  • Byronic Hero: Both Johnny and Bodhi.
  • Chute Sabotage: Lampshaded as Johnny becomes suspicious, and the surfers swap their rigs with each other while in the jump plane.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • The Comically Serious: Meta-example. Part of the film's charm is that it plays such a ridiculous premise straight without a sense of irony or self-awareness.
  • Da Chief: Supervising Agent Ben Harp. Every single scene he has with Utah and Pappas has him screaming at them for their supposed inefficiency even when Utah points out in a scene right after one chewing out that they are handing in their case quota and the surfing he's been doing with Bodhi's s gang to infiltrate them has been done (up to that point) on his own free time, and Pappas pointing out at the moment of that specific chewing out that undercover operations are a thing that takes time. It becomes clear that he hates them just because he hates them even before shit really starts going bad for the two agents.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Johnny proves himself quite adept at this.
    Harp: "I guess we must just have ourselves an asshole shortage, huh?" [winks sarcastically and walks away]
    Johnny: "Not so far."
  • Defiant to the End: Roach.
  • Determinator: Johnny, who manages to successfully track Bodhi's whereabouts after his escape, chasing him through Mexico, South America, Sumatra, Fiji and finally Australia.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The drug-dealing surfer thugs whom Utah initially suspects of being the Ex-Presidents.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: In the scene where Utah arrives at his new posting, he pinches a donut in passing out of a box on one of his new colleague's desks.
  • Down L.A. Drain: Utah chases one of the "Ex-President" bank robbers on foot, ending with him injuring his knee after jumping into the viaduct and his quarry getting away.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: A very well-known example.
  • Fake Shemp: Patrick Swayze is not the one wearing the Reagan mask during the foot chase sequence. Instead, his stunt double, Scott Wilder, performed the scene because Swayze was in Europe doing press for Ghost.
  • Fanservice: Uh, yeah. The film opens with Keanu Reeves soaked to the skin and wearing a tight fitting shirt while demonstrating his weapon prowess, and he has multiple shirtless scenes (one which includes a quick shot of his naked butt) throughout the rest of the film. There's also a number of scantily clad women, plus the surfing scenes in general.
  • Firing in the Air a Lot: The scene where Utah empties his gun into the air instead of shooting Bodhi. This was referenced in Hot Fuzz.
  • Flipping the Bird: Happens several times during the film.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: During the raid on the Surf Thugs' house, one of the FBI agents is attacked by a naked woman who had been taking a shower when the raid began.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Utah's old football injury, which he aggravates during the foot chase with Bodhi, and continues to plague him at inconvenient moments throughout the rest of the film.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The last bank robbery.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Johnny Utah.
  • Hand Cannon: Bodhi's main weapon is a Freedom Arms Model 83 revolver in the .454 Casull.
  • Hate at First Sight: Da Chief Harp hated Utah's guts the moment he set foot at his HQ and never overlooked an opportunity to chew him out before finally had him arrested for allegedly betraying the law after becoming The Scapegoat for the Ex-Presidents' last robbery.
  • Hate Sink: The Red Herring surfer drug dealers in their brief appearance and overall Harp act as this in order to make Bodhi and his crew sympathetic in comparison.
  • Hero Ball: Utah has it chained to his ankle the whole time.
  • Hero of Another Story: The deep cover DEA agent who has been shadowing the surfer drug dealers for some time before Pappas and Utah botched his operation with their own case.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Utah and Pappas are both absolutely hated by their FBI colleagues, mainly for their unconventional way of investigating, Utah being a New Meat rookie and Pappas being a has-been washout. After Utah is made The Scapegoat for the Ex-Presidents' last robbery that resulted in three causalities (including an off-duty cop), Agent Alvarez and Director Harp took great pleasure in apprehending Utah for his alleged treachery.
  • Hollywood Skydiving: Mythbusters found that you almost certainly can't hold a conversation while freefalling, but Utah could conceivably have caught up with a Bodhi by streamlining his body (though not necessarily at that altitude).
    • Most of the skydiving WAS real however, including all the shots of Swayze, an experienced skydiver who made 55 jumps for the film.
    • It is not a good idea to deliberately make a landing on water when solid earth is nearby.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: What Roach says before Bodhi drops him off the plane bleeding to death and then leaves him for dead after he impacts to the ground.
    • And lampshaded by Utah, who reminds Bodhi that Roach feels cold because he's suffering severe blood loss and needs help.
  • It's Raining Men: Plenty of parachuting, with some hair-raising last-minute deployments.
  • Jerkass: Fellow Agents Alvarez and Babbitt and Deputy Director Harp, who collectively hate Utah's and Pappas' guts and spend every moment on screen being useless to the investigation themselves but doing everything they can to get in our heroes' way and then mistreating them when said interference leads to lousy results.
  • Karma Houdini: Bodhi. His final fate is ambiguous, but Utah still let him go either way.
  • Kick the Dog: Inverted. During a chase scene, Bodhi throws a dog at Johnny to slow him down. Johnny gives the dog a hard enough kick to send it flying away from him.
  • Knife Nut: Subverted by Rosie, who is revealed to get killed in a knife fight in Mexico.
  • Large Ham: John C. McGinley as Supervising Agent Ben Harp.
  • Nixon Mask: This movie started the whole thing.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Johnny realizes Bodhi is Reagan - and Bodhi realizes Johnny is an FBI agent.
    • Bodhi, when Johnny throws the Reagan mask at Bodhi's feet in Australia, saying Lost something, brah?.
  • Older Sidekick: Angelo Pappas, although Johnny is technically his junior partner.
  • One-Handed Shotgun Pump: Johnny Utah does one during the firing range sequence at the beginning of the film.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The "Aussie" couldn't quite master the accent.
  • Police are Useless: Even if you didn't know the plot going in, if you were to listen to Angelo's theory it makes perfect sense and is based on the only hard evidence they have. But his supervisors and the other agents completely dismiss his theory based solely on not believing that surfers could actually do that.
  • Psycho for Hire: Rosie.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I am an Eff! Bee! Eeye! Agent!!"
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Bodhi's entire scheme to rob a bank's vault and force Johnny to assist him backfires spectacularly when nearly his entire crew ends up getting killed in the process. As Bodhi makes his escape with the money, he remarks that both he and Johnny lose.
  • Red Herring: The movie gives us a thuggish crew of surfers who Johnny initially suspects may be the Ex-Presidents. Bodhi saves him from getting beat up by them. When they bust them, it turns out that they were actually drug dealers, not thieves (and the deep cover DEA agent who was with them is pissed that the FBI ruined his operation). Of course, it's later revealed that Bodhi and his crew are the actual Ex-Presidents.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bodhi's red to Johnny's blue.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Bodhi uses a Freedom Arms Model 83 revolver when robbing the bank and uses it on an off-duty cop by shooting him point blank in the heart.
  • Right Behind Me: In the scene where Utah and Pappas first meet, Utah arrives just as Pappas is complaining about the new partner he's been assigned. He plays along and commiserates a bit before introducing himself.
  • Suicide by Sea: Bodhi paddles out to sea on his surfboard one last time to catch a once-in-a-lifetime wave. The area is surrounded by police and he will be arrested when he gets back to shore. It is fairly clear to the audience that he does not intend to come back.
  • Suspicious Spending: Averted. Given the effort they're going to with their investigation, you'd think Angelo and Johnny would wonder how a group of adrenaline junkies are living such a lavish lifestyle with no apparent source of income.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Utah and Bodhi.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: A ninety-second shouting match in free-fall? That's unpossible!
  • Those Two Guys: Babbit and Alvarez, the other two FBI agents who keep popping up throughout the film who both in a way acted as rivals to Utah and Pappas, whom they had nothing but disdain for.
  • Totally Radical: The film is more or less adored for its Narm Charm qualities.
  • Villain of Another Story: The Red Herring drug dealing surfers turned out to be this due to their own criminal operations outside of the Ex-President's own bank robberies, while being pursued by a Hero of Another Story DEA agent.
  • Walk and Talk: Utah's first scene at the FBI field office.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Johnny to Roach, when the latter is bleeding to death in the airplane
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Bodhi. (Rosie would).


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