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Sunshine Superman

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Marah Strauch

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About the Movie

A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular –and dangerous– feats of foot-launched human flight. Experience his jaw-dropping journey in life and love, to the pinnacle of his achievements when he and wife Jean broke the BASE jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian 'Troll Wall' mountain range. Incredibly, within days, triumph was followed by disaster. Told through a stunning mix of Carl's 16mm archive footage, well-crafted re-enactments and state-of-the-art aerial photography, Sunshine Superman will leave you breathless and inspired.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A bittersweet documentary about Carl Boenish, who looked at very tall things and saw an opportunity to leap. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, May 21, 2015

Fresh: [A] gripping documentary. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, May 28, 2015

Fresh: Director Marah Strauch gives the film an exhilarating uplift of its own. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2015

Fresh: The action shots are intoxicating, as close as most of us will get to feeling the jumpers' euphoria. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, May 28, 2015

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Customer Reviews

A Must See!!!

This is a great movie! Being a skydiver myself, this movie is a great way to introduce people not only to BASE jumping but skydiving as well. I remember being 9 years old and seeing him and his wife jump from the 100 North Main Building in downtown Memphis, TN. It shows it in the movie!


Sunshine Superman truly captures the essence of the BASE community. I didn't think you could truly explain it, but this movie gets it. Beautiful, well done, absolutely must see whether you're a jumper or not... but especially if you're a jumper :)

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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