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Big Wednesday

Released 1978
Distributor Warner Bros.

Director John Milius brings his brand of Maileresque macho to this story of three young Californians who transition from carefree surfers to older-but-wiser adults, a kind of Malibu-set Deer Hunter. Jan-Michael Vincent and Gary Busey star, the script was by Milius and Dennis Aaberg and the cinematography was by that consummate Hollywood pro, Bruce Surtees (Dirty Harry, Lenny).

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.