Clark Collis
August 01, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bustin' Down the Door

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/25/08
director
Jeremy Gosch
author
Jeremy Gosch
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

In the mid-1970s, a handful of young Australian and South African surfers arrived in Hawaii and revolutionized the sport with their aggressive wave-catching moves. The brash Aussies also ruffled local feathers so badly that a couple were physically attacked and, Jeremy Gosch’s doc alleges, had contracts taken out on their lives. This Edward Norton-narrated film Bustin’ Down the Door about that surf invasion — and subsequent backlash — boasts thrilling action footage and riveting subjects. Particularly unforgettable is Eddie Rothman, cofounder of the notorious Hawaiian surfer gang Da Hui and probably the scariest dude ever interviewed while wearing beach shorts. B+

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