Surfer bank robbers ride on high waves and higher adrenaline in Point Break. Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—One film that definitely falls into the category of ‘guy movie’ is ‘Point Break,’ starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey.
Set in Los Angeles, the 1991 movie pits Reeves character, FBI Special Agent Johnny Utah, against Swayze’s persona of surfer/adrenaline junkie/bank robber. Known as Bodhi— short for the Hindu deity Bodhisattva—Swayze’s mystical character leads a band of kid-glove wearing, ex president-masked felons who rob banks to finance their non-conformist lifestyle
Gary Busey plays Angelo Pappas, an eccentric veteran who’s been unsuccessfully tracking the band of robbers until Utah is assigned to him. Utah, fresh from his completed FBI training in Quantico, Virginia, Utah, a former college football quarterback, is eager to nail the bad guys.
While Utah is eager to solve the case, Pappas seems to have given up on finding the elusive criminals. That is, until a persistent Utah coaxes an odd theory out of Pappas—that the bank robbers are surfers.
Ridiculed by other agents and pestered by his supervisor, played by John C. McGinley, the middle-aged and pot-bellied Pappas believes that the only way to stop the bank robbers is to infiltrate their tight-knit surfing subculture. Enter the former athlete Utah, who has to learn to surf to catch them.
The action heats up when local surfer chick and love interest, Tyler, played by Lori Petty, reluctantly teaches the clueless Utah how to surf. As the story unfolds, Tyler unknowingly leads Utah into the group of surfer-bank robbers.
Anthony Kiedis, lead vocalist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has a minor role in the movie, as does Tom Sizemore.