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Dec 12th 2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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RIP Bruce Brown

maker of the greatest movie ever made, "On Any Sunday"!! And a pretty good surf movie.

?On Any Sunday? creator, Bruce Brown dies at 80 - Cycle News
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Dec 12th 2017, 10:30 AM   #2
 
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I was 12 years old when the movie hit the theaters. Growing up in Southern California with a father who was a professional motorcycle racer (desert and the new sport of motocross, with a little road racing added in) we would see the film crews at various races in 1969 and 1970 at Saddleback, Carlsbad, the Elsinore Grand Prix and the 1970 baja 1000.

The fact that we knew it was coming only made the anticipation for the movie that much larger. When it premiered at the "walk in theater" in my home town it was a two movie special On Any Sunday and the Endless Summer. My mom paid for my brother and me to see both movies twice on a Saturday. I got to spend 8 hours on a Saturday watching my two favorite movies. Those are moments you never forget.
Dec 12th 2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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"On Any Sunday" Director Bruce Brown Dies at Age 80 - ADV Pulse

A man of many talents...
Dec 12th 2017, 04:19 PM   #4
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Funny how that movie made an indelible impression on me and apparently others of my generation. It is one of those “where were you when” moments.

My dad, who had already caught the riding bug from me, drove my motorcycle friends and me to the little theater on the main street of Indiana, Pennsylvania. I can still remember coming out of the theater after dark and howling about how awesome it was in the then quiet town. We were so stoked and were already planning how we were going to relive those scenes on our own bikes the next day.
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Dec 12th 2017, 05:15 PM   #5
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I had to have a Husqvarna after watching that movie! Raced them for years but never did become Malcolm Smith!! Bruce Browms vision started a whole new era of U.S. motorcycling.
Dec 12th 2017, 06:54 PM   #6
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watch the thirty seconds of this seaplane landing. erm....?


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Dec 12th 2017, 08:20 PM   #7
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Back when that movie came out my brother and I were racing flat track in the Bay Area. Loved the movie. Later that year we got off work at midnight and drove a van down to SoCal so my brother could buy a new Pursang. The movie sound track was one of only two 8-track tapes in our hollow, noisy, old van on the newest, lonely stretch of I-5 in the central valley. I still love that movie but I am so sick of that music... So long ago but seems like only yesterday.

RIP Bruce Brown
Dec 13th 2017, 03:33 AM   #8
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I saw Endless Summer when I was a kid... didn't actually see On Any Sunday until years later... awesome movies He'll be missed.
Dec 13th 2017, 06:41 AM   #9
 
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"On Any Sunday" is in my top 10 list of favorite movies and one of those movies I'll always stop and watch if it's on. I saw an interview with Bruce Brown a while back and he seemed to be a genuinely nice guy, and one who gets ahead by doing things right and doing right by people. Cinema needs more like him.
Dec 13th 2017, 07:30 AM   #10
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I watched On Any Sunday again last night and the start with early BMX racers and then the long shot of a young, shirtless kid riding a wheelie on his bicycle for blocks in a Southern California housing tract is all you need to know about America at its peak before things began turning. Endless Summer indeed.

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Dec 13th 2017, 09:14 AM   #11
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My Dad took my brother and I to see it when we were 7 & 8, not sure why? He never rode, but it changed my life. My brother didn't seem to have the same experience, though he liked it. My Dad loved the sound track by Dominic Frontiere and I still love it too. I've probably watched it 100 times. I need to watch it again!
Dec 13th 2017, 09:24 AM   #12
 
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The movie had an influence world wide. A Scot living in England saw the movie and wrote a letter to the AMA saying he wanted to come over and ride the "Great American Desert". The AMA referred him to the District 37 (SoCal) rep, and he eventually got in touch with our club. He came, stayed with one of our members, and I loaned him my motorcycle and van. He had a blast. Loved it so much he ended up moving to the US.
Dec 13th 2017, 05:22 PM   #13
 
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Here is a sneaky fact about the blonde haired kid at the start of the movie on the bicycle.

If you watch the bicycle segment the blonde haired kid (he has a beany on to start) clearly has the best riding style of all of the kids. Watch him over the jump even though he was back in the back of the pack. And then of course he rides the wheelie on down the street without the beanie.

That blonde haired kid was Danny LaPorte. Jeff Ward gets alot of credit for being the kid on the mini trail pulling the wheelie. Danny doesn't ever say much about the being the kid on the bicycle.
Dec 13th 2017, 07:11 PM   #14
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On Any Sunday motivated me to delve more deeply into all things motorcycle, and buy my first motorcycle.

Bruce Brown was a film pioneer and covered two super trendy topics in his movies, and he did it very well.
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