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  • Summary: During the winter of 1975 in Hawaii, surfing was shaken to its core. A group of young surfers from Australia and South Africa sacrificed everything and put it all on the line to create a sport, a culture, and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world. With a radical new approach and a brash colonial attitude, these surfers crashed headlong into a culture that was not ready for revolution. Surfing was never to be the same again. (Screen Media Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    Engaging, elegantly made surf documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    With verve, style and a fine sense of the human side of surf culture, Jeremy Gosch makes a terrific splash with his debut doc, Bustin' Down the Door.
  3. 75
    Jeremy Gosch's documentary about the origins of professional surfing shines a light on four wave riders – three Australians and a South African – who helped transform a counter-culture life style into a billion-dollar industry.
  4. 60
    The darker side of the story -- how the advent of pro surfing was taken as an act of cultural colonialism by some of the locals -- adds gravity to this otherwise lightweight, if amiable summer diversion.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    60
    A mostly enjoyable wave of nostalgia.
  6. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    50
    Falls victim to some surfing cliches.
  7. Some of the talk gets a little bombastic, but it's hard to deny the thrill involved.

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