Point Break is a 1991 American action-crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by W. Peter Iliff. It stars Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty, and Gary Busey, and the film’s title refers to the surfing term “point break“, where a wave breaks as it hits a point of land jutting out from the coastline.
The film features Reeves as an undercover FBI agent tasked with investigating the identities of a group of bank robbers, who then develops a complex relationship with the group’s leader.
Development of Point Break began in 1986 when Iliff wrote an initial treatment for the film. Bigelow soon developed the script with husband James Cameron, and filming took place four years later. It was shot across the western coast of the continental United States and was officially budgeted at $24 million, before being released for traditional viewing on July 12, 1991.
Point Break opened to generally positive critical reception, with critics praising the relationship between Reeves and Swayze. During its theatrical run, the film grossed over $83.5 million and has since gained a cult following. Following the film’s success, Point Break was re-released on Blu-ray on June 14, 2011; it also spawned a remake that was released in 2015 to negative reviews.
In Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers calls themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon, and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information.