10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Point Break

High-adrenaline action thriller Point Break is released on Digital HD on May 30 and DVD and Blu-ray on June 13. To whet your appetite, here are 10 fascinating facts about the film.

1. Making Point Break was a massive logistical operation for director Ericson Core, who shot the film in 11 different countries across four separate continents.

2. One sequence was shot at Venezuela’s world-famous Angel Falls. At 979m (3,212 ft) tall, it’s the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall.

3. Unusually, Ericson Core served as the film’s cinematographer as well as it’s director. The film’s lead actress Teresa Palmer described this as “a gift – because he is so involved in every single aspect of this film”.

4. Teresa Palmer gave birth to a son shortly before shooting started, and named him Bodhi after one of Point Break‘s main characters.

5. While shooting a surfing sequence in Maui, the crew managed to capture footage of one of the largest wave breaks of the last decade being ridden by the world’s leading big wave surfers.

6. To ensure the surfing sequences are as realistic as possible, top pro surfers including Laird Hamilton and Sebastian Zietz were cast in the film.

7. A surfing sequence shot in Maui was so treacherous that stunt double Laurie Towner broke his jaw and suffered whiplash during filming. Thankfully, he’s since made a full recovery.

8. Although Point Break is most associated with big wave surfing, the film features other thrilling action sequences involving wingsuit flying and sheer-face snowboarding.

9. The wingsuit flying sequence was especially complicated because it involved four athletes plus a cameraman flying in incredibly tight formation. “We knew going in that this was going to be the toughest thing any of us had ever done,” stunt co-ordinator Jeb Corliss said.

10. Two of the stars of the 1991 Point Break film, Bojesse Christopher and James Le Gros, endorsed the new movie by making cameo appearances as a pair of FBI Directors.

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