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Bustin' Down the Door

  NR Closed Captioning

Jeremy Gosch

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About the Movie

This ground breaking action-packed documentary takes you back to the winter of 1975 in Hawaii —a dramatic moment in history when a group of young South African and Australian surfers sacrificed everything. They 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. A powerhouse film, the spell-binding action footage and fascinating subjects make 'Bustin' Down the Door' a surfing classic.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 38
  • Fresh: 30
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Happily, the filmmaker, Jeremy Gosch, puts his wide-eyed narrative together with an easy touch. With its amazing wall-to-wall footage of oceanic derring-do Bustin' Down the Door plays like visual air-conditioning. – Nathan Lee, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Bustin' Down the Door entertainingly captures surfing's last great hoorah of no-holds-barred radicalism. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [An] insightful account of the rise of a, pardon the pun, new wave of surfers that transformed the sport in the mid-1970s. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The film tries to tell us that money hasn't spoiled the fun, but I was much more curious about the black shorts than the Quicksilver brand board shorts. – Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 6, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Bomb, Killer, Sick

EPIC!! After you watch this movie you'll have a whole new respect for surfers. It makes you want to quit your dayjob become a surfer and live on the beach!! The editing was phenomenal and done with an artistic eye! Nice Work!!!!

A great movie

I saw this in the theater and happily will buy and watch this film again.


AWESOME !!! I started surfing when this was going down. To know part of the story is an honor. The bluntness, honesty, emotion, thrill, and drama of this documentary is a true tribute to these pioneers and their cohorts. This and The Z-Boys documentary are a must have if you lived/loved or want to understand the true variables of being a REBEL, OUTCAST, PIONEER, FREE-THINKER, INDIVIDUAL,etc.. I'm proud, to be a student of these times...

Bustin' Down the Door
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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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