Point Break (1991)



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This was Kathryn Bigelow’s breakout feature film as a director. Written by W. Peter Iliff and produced by Bigelow’s then-husband, James Cameron, it is an explosive action thriller about a bunch of bank robbers in Los Angeles. The robbers disguise themselves in face masks resembling Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Lyndon B. Johnson, calling themselves “The Ex-Presidents.” Two FBI agents are assigned to help crack the case: a rookie, Johnnie Utah (Keanu Reeves) and a veteran, Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey). The bank robberies are frenetic and edge-of-your-seat scary, but Bigelow ratchets up the tension even more with a skydiving sequence that will have you holding your breath. In a scene where Utah and Pappas are on a stakeout beside a bank they suspect The ExPresidents will rob, Pappas suddenly gets hungry, rhapsodizing about meatball subs served at a sandwich shop just around the corner. Utah jumps out of the cab while Pappas yells after him to “get me two!” We see Reeves's character ordering the subs for take-out at the café, while behind him on screen The Ex-Presidents pull up in a big Lincoln and enter the bank for the planned robbery. Nobody gets to eat the meatball subs.