Surf Nazis Must Die

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Surf Nazis Must Die
Surf Nazis.jpg
Poster for Surf Nazis Must Die
Directed by Peter George
Produced by Robert Tinnell
Written by Jon Ayre
Starring Gail Neely
Barry Brenner
Robert Harden
Tom Demenkoff
Music by Jon McCallum
Cinematography Rolf Kestermann
Edited by Craig A. Colton
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release dates
1987
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Surf Nazis Must Die is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Peter George and starring Gail Neely, Barry Brenner, and Robert Harden. It was produced by The Institute, a production company formed by George, Craig A. Colton and Robert Tinnell, and distributed by Troma Entertainment, a company known for its low-budget exploitation films.

Plot[edit]

An earthquake leaves the California coastline in ruins and reduces the beaches to a state of chaos. A group of Neo-Nazis led by Adolf (Brenner), the self-proclaimed "Führer of the new beach," takes advantage of the resulting chaos by fighting off several rival surfer gangs to seize control of the beaches. Meanwhile, an African American oil well worker named Leroy (Harden) is killed by the Nazis while jogging on the beach. Leroy's mother "Mama" Washington (Neely), devastated by the loss of her son, vows revenge. After arming herself with a handgun and grenades, she breaks out of her retirement home and exacts vengeance on the Surf Nazis.

Cast[edit]

  • Gail Neely as Eleanor "Mama" Washington
  • Robert Harden as Leroy
  • Barry Brenner as Adolf
  • Dawn Wildsmith as Eva
  • Michael Sonye as Mengele
  • Joel Hile as Hook
  • Gene Mitchell as Brutus
  • Tom Shell as Smeg
  • Bobbie Bresee as Smeg's Mom
  • Tom Demenkoff as Ariel

Reception[edit]

Surf Nazis Must Die was criticized by reviewers as boring and hard to follow, and its acting, dialogue, and camerawork were widely panned. Janet Maslin wrote "Not even the actors' relatives will find this interesting."[1] Roger Ebert stated that he walked out of the film after 30 minutes.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 2, 1987). "Film: 'Surf Nazis Must Die.'" The New York Times.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (May 11, 1987). "'Surf Nazis' washes up at Cannes." Chicago Sun-Times.

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