Big Wednesday is an acclaimed 1978 love letter to the surfing culture from venerated writer/director John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn). Three surfing buddies grow up in Malibu in the 1960s, facing the standard dilemmas of romance, career, Vietnam and the age-old question of what to do when they grow up. They reunite every few years, a bit jaded as they age but with their passion for surfing intact. The film climaxes with Big Wednesday, a day the surf has swelled to spectacular proportions. The surfing sequences are what make this movie, some of the waves on Big Wednesday at the end look too huge and powerful to be real, and the sight of these men standing at the foot of them on their puny little boards, battling to outrun the awesome power of the water crashing down, is real heart-gripping stuff. Stars Jan Michael Vincent, William Katt and Gary Busey.