Dead By Dawn
Big Wednesday is one of my favorites, and we had one of our best turnouts last night. Everyone liked it a lot and it was a fun night.
Big Wednesday is about surfing, but it's really about a lot more than that. It deals with friendship, aging, changing times, changing situations. The story is set against a backdrop of the turbulent decade of the nineteen sixties.
The movie was a flop when it was released. The studio didn't know how to market it, and the suits were resentful that director John Milius went over budget getting the right big waves for the story. Bad word came out quickly, and the critics dogpiled Big Wednesday. All being afraid to be the one to claim that the emperor did indeed wear some damned nice clothes. It's considered to be a minor classic by most now, and it has a strong cult following.
Milius grew up surfing on the beach, and he co-wrote Big Wednesday with another surfer friend. While it is fiction, the events and characters are all derived from details of their past.
I also read the book, which evidently is a prized collectible among surfers. Clara paid a tidy sum for a fairly worn paperback.