I’ve been busy surfing today – surfing the internet – inspired to find out more about Charlie Don’t Surf.
Many things I DID know – still I discovered other things about this famous line.
Do you know:
1. What movie that line is from?
2. What band was inspired to write a song by the same name?
3. It’s also the name of a restaurant – and an Irish band.
I haven’t thought of that line for years until I dug out an old surf shirt – and was inspired to “surf” the internet and found out so many pop culture references.
That line is from Apocalypse Now where Kilgore (Robert Duval) orders some of his men to surf a break that’s under enemy fire.
From memory – the lines are something like:
That’s Charlie’s point – says a soldier.
Charlie don’t surf – says Kilgore.
The band The Clash was inspired to write a song called “Charlie Don’t Surf”.
– Youtube link here:
I found out (on my internet surfari) that the band Funeral for a Friend also has a song with that name too.
My “surfing” the net also revealed lots of other Charlie Don’t Surf T-shirts
Here’s a link to where you can get the above (green and yellow) T shirt:
and all the other pop culture inspiration as listed in wikipedia.
Charlie Don’t Surf
Charlie Don’t Surf is a famous line from the film Apocalypse Now, spoken by Colonel Kilgore as justification for taking a beach at the Mekong Delta so the American soldiers could go surfing. “Charlie” is slang for Viet Cong, the enemy. It can also refer to:
- “Charlie Don’t Surf” (Veronica Mars), the 4th episode of season 3 of Veronica Mars
- Charlie Don’t Surf (band), Irish band.
- “Charlie Don’t Surf”, the 7th episode of season 5 of Numb3rs
- “Charlie Don’t Surf”, the 13th episode of season 1 of The Commish
- “Charlie Don’t Surf”, a song by the Clash from their album Sandinista!
- “Charlie Don’t Surf”, a song by Funeral For a Friend from their album Memory and Humanity
- “Charlie Don’t Surf”, a level in the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- “Charlie Don’t Surf”, a sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan consisting of a child mannequin who sits at a school desk with the hands nailed down to it by two pencils.
- “Charlie Don’t Surf”, a restaurant in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
- A fictional London restaurant in William Gibson’s novel Pattern Recognition
Wow – that’s a lot of inspiration from a line in a movie!