Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1987 Comedy
movie starring Matt Adler
, Gregory Harrison, Nia Peeples et al.
Screenwriters Randal Kleiser
, Tim McCanlies, and William Phelps teamed up with actor, John Philbin
(Turtle), to shape a character based on a popular North Shore local by the same name. The real-life Turtle developed the dialect and way of speaking on the North Shore that Philbin uses in the film and is a combination of his own word inventions and the local “pidgen-talk/speak.”
The film was shot using 16mm film and gives the water photography a complementary documentary-style feel.
There were pro surfer doubles used for some of the more difficult maneuvers, but all of the principle actors that surf in the film actually did a lot of their own surfing.
The waiting house during the competition at the end of the film was actually surfing legend Gerry Lopez
’s (Vince) house.
Before Nia Peeples was cast as Kiani, significant portions of the film were shot using another actress. When the other actress wasn’t working out, Peeples was flown in from L.A. and had to jump right in without any prior rehearsals. The original ending that was shot with the first actress was shelved in place of an ending with Peeples, Adler, and Philbin that set up a still-to-be-made sequel. Unfortunately, the film grossed a meager $3.8 million, ensuring that a sequel isn’t likely to ever happen.
Small portions of the film with Adler and Peeples at the competition were actually shot in L.A. after the Hawaiian shoot wrapped. They were seamlessly edited in to give the impression that they were still on the beach at Pipeline between heats.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.