Riding Giants

Riding Giants

Director: Stacy Peralta Cast: Sean Penn, Dick Brewer, Sam George
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Riding Giants

With the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, skater-cum-filmmaker Stacy Peralta introduced viewers to the history of the West Coast skateboarding culture and made a huge splash at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, taking home both the Documentary Directing Award and the Documentary Audience Award. For this follow-up effort, Peralta leaves the land for the sea, focusing his lens on the world of surfing. Narrated by Sean Penn, just as Dogtown and Z-Boys was, Riding Giants attempts to trace the origins of surfing and also explore the growth and progress of surf culture. Among the surfing luminaries who chime in on topics varying from the business of the sport to "the big wave" are Laird Hamilton, Greg Noll, and Jeff Clark. Hoping to find the critical success akin to its predecessor, Riding Giants premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2010
UPC: 0043396329614
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:41:00

Special Features

Director and editor's commentary; Writer and surfers' commentary; Deleted scenes; The making of Riding Giants; Fuel tv's blue carpet special

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Penn Narrator
Dick Brewer Interviewee
Sam George Interviewee
Buzzy Kerbox Interviewee
Jeff Clark Interviewee
Ricky Grigg Interviewee
Greg Noll Actor
Pete Cole Interviewee
Billy Hamilton Interviewee
Peter Mel Interviewee
Pat Curran Interviewee
John Milius Interviewee
Lyon Hamilton Interviewee
Mickey Munoz Interviewee
Darryl "Flea" Virostko Interviewee
Walter Hoffman Interviewee
Steve Pezman Interviewee
Sarah Gerhardt Interviewee
Randy Rarick Interviewee
Gabrielle Reece Interviewee
Buffalo Keaulana Interviewee
Mark Renneker Interviewee
Evan Slater Interviewee
Kelly Slater Interviewee
Mike Stange Interviewee
Matt Warshaw Interviewee
Grant Washburn Interviewee

Technical Credits
Stacy Peralta Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Barker Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Crowder Co-producer,Editor
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Nathalie Delest Executive Producer
Lori Dovi Sound/Sound Designer
Marty Franck Executive Producer
Michael Gatt Sound/Sound Designer
Sam George Screenwriter
Laird Hamilton Executive Producer
Jane Kachmer Producer
Eddie Kim Sound/Sound Designer
Lew Maddox Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Matter Score Composer
Agi Orsi Producer
Peter Pilafian Cinematographer
John M. Reynolds Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Scharf Sound/Sound Designer
Wolf Seeberg Sound/Sound Designer

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Riding Giants 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lived in Hawaii and went to all the places mentioned in the film. I was there when the large storm mentioned that came in and there was a 60 foot wave that came up the side of the hill we were all standing on and into the road. There was a rescue also performed for a surfer who did not fare so well.... I loved the film and am buying two for my brother who surfed in Hawaii and my brotherinlaw who lives and surfs in California. All scenes were breathtaking especially on our big screen. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a great big wave surfing documentary. not just for surfers, but a must have for any surfing enthusiast. the commentaries from some of the earliest big wave riders really bring home the msg how dangerous this sport was and is today. the photography is stunning, and puts you right on the wave. anybody who enjoys sports in general will love this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie a while back and decided I wanted to have it for my collection. It's great, if only for the amazing surfing footage. But the history and music and characters add to it to make it even more enjoyable. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly "kick back and enjoy it" movie that pays serius tribute to the big guys surfing the big waves of long ago. It brings you right into today and embodies the true surfing spirit--not of the hot dogs, but of the heroes. Having hung out at The Trestle, San Onofre, and Huntington Beach in the late '40s, and surfing Makaha myself in 1953....I heartily recommend this. Just wish I could find it in VHS for my surfing buddies who are in their late 70s and up nowadays, and who don't have DVDs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago