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Jan-Michael Vincent plays a self-destructive beach bum to whom surfing is a Zen experience. We first meet Vincent in the devil-may-care 1960s, in the company of his carefree buddies William Katt and Gary Busey. The boys reunite ten years later, after one has served time in Vietnam. The beach is still there, the waves still break upon the shore, and towards the end of the film, the characters become people that we truly care about. Barbara Hale, the real-life mother of costar William Katt, makes a piquant supporting appearance. Cut from 129 minutes to 104 for its pay-cable release, Big Wednesday is also known as Summer of Innocence. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 24, 1979


Jan-Michael Vincent
as Matt
William Katt
as Jack
Gary Busey
as Leroy
Patti D'Arbanville
as Sally
Lee Purcell
as Peggy Gordon
Robert Englund
as Narrator, Fly
Sam Melville
as Bear
Barbara Hale
as Mrs. Barlow
Fran Ryan
as Lucy
Reb Brown
as Enforcer
Charlene Tilton
as Party Girl #2
Ollie O'Toole
as Minister
Lynn Theel
as Party Girl #7
Herb Voland
Gray Fredrickson
as Doctor
Frank McRae
as Sergeant
Gerry Lopez
as Himself
Todd Lookinland
as Surfer #3
Jack Bernardi
as Tailor
Hank Worden
as Shopping Cart
Darrell Fetty
as Waxer
Titus Napoleon
as Chubby
Iris Korn
as Old Woman
Sasha Jenson
as Surfer #5
Stephen Mendillo
as Orderly
Dennis Aaberg
as Slick
Perry Lang
as Tall Kid
Keith Davis
as Ostrich
Rick Dano
as Panhead
Michael Talbott
as Hog
Yvon Arai
as Boggie
Joe Spinell
as Psychologist
Arthur Rosenberg
as Official
Celia Kaye
as Bride of the Bear
Clete Roberts
Stacy Keach Sr.
as Old Man
Steve Kanaly
as Sally's Husband


John Milius
Greg MacGillivray
Buzz Feitshans
Alex Rose
John Milius
Dennis Aaberg
Bruce Surtees
Basil Poledouris
Composer (Music Score)
C. Timothy O'Meara
Charles Rosen
Production Designer
Tamara Asseyev
Executive Producer
Harlan Riggs
Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Unsinn
Special Effects
Richard Hashimoto
First Assistant Director
Terry J. Leonard
Second Unit Director