Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Point Break. The film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah who goes undercover into the world of extreme surfing in order to infiltrate a group performing high profile heists.
Production on the film began in 1986. A number of actors were considered for the Utah character and several high profile directors were attached. It almost began production but eventually fell through. The script was bought by James Cameron who gave it to his wife Kathryn Bigelow to direct. The main actors had to undergo training with professional surfers and they performed many of their own stunts.
The film was a moderate success. It got mostly positive reviews from critics. Even though it never topped the box office, the film's modest budget allowed it to gross a considerable amount. It was the twenty-ninth highest grossing film of the year. Since its release, it has become a cult favorite due to its over-the-top action and homoerotic undertones. The film has been mentioned numerous times in pop culture. Many fans and critics noted that the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious closely follows the plot while it was officially remade in 2015.
The film features the talents of John C. McGinley as Utah's superior FBI Director Ben Harp.