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Big Wednesday Poster

A true cult classic. "Big Wednesday" is the film that most accurately depicts surfing culture. Though a drama rather than a documentary, the film faithfully represents 1960's surfers, their obsession with the big wave & the ambience of a surfers lifestyle. The film is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam war which also adds poignancy.


Released in 1978, "Big Wednesday" was not a big budget film (costing just $11m). The surfing market & interest in surfing in the UK at the time was nascent only (certainly, no where near as established as in America). "Big Wednesday" thus had a niche appeal & the distribution of the film was modest only. Consequently, the quad poster for "Big Wednesday" is genuinely scarce. As an indication, Christie's last "Big Wednesday" quad was sold in 2003. Since that date, Christie's have sold 6 US 1-sheets (see image below) but not a further quad.


The poster design for the quad is more literal than that for the US 1-sheet poster. The latent violence of the waves & the challenges facing the surfers, is clearly encapsulated by the quad poster design.


The poster remains in superb condition. There is some writing to the reverse of the bottom left panel but this does not show through.

Price: £625.00

Film Category: Sports / Drama
Director: John Milius
Actor / Actresses: Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey
Poster Type: UK Quad (30" x 40", 76cm x 102cm)
Poster Artist: Unknown
Condition: Excellent
Year: 1978
Reference: 58909

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