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Release Date:
February 1978 (USA) See more »
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The movie that defies gravity! See more »
Plot:
A Hollywood agent finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. To make a fast buck, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race. If they win, they will get $20,000. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Allen Garfield ... Manny Bloom
Kathleen Lloyd ... Millicent Broderick

Leif Garrett ... Brad Harris
Richard Van der Wyk ... Jason Maddox

Tony Alva ... Tony Bluetile
Steve Monahan ... Peter Steffens
David Hyde ... Dennis
Ellen O'Neal ... Jenny Bradshaw
Pam Kenneally ... Randi
Antony Carbone ... Sol
Sylvester Words ... Sol's Henchman

Gordon Jump ... Mr. Harris

Patricia Hitchcock ... Mrs. Harris (as Pat Hitchcock)

Orson Bean ... Himself
Joe Bratcher ... Vito
Harvey Levine ... U.E.O. Clerk
Thelma Pelish ... Woman in Motel
John Fox ... Charlie Martin
Damon Douglas ... Scott

Marilyn Roberts ... Waitress
David Carlile ... Palmdale Announcer
Chuck Niles ... Race Announcer
Raymond Kark ... Gas Station Attendant
Owen Bush ... Sign Painter
Eugene Elman ... Maitre d'
Randy Clark ... Official

Denise DuBarry ... Official
Jean Markell ... Official
Tom Padaca ... Official
Phil Settle ... Official
Sondra Theodore ... Official
Marylou York ... Official
Sabina Weber ... Official
Carol McGinnis ... Script Girl
Valerie Rae Clark ... Miss Downhill Invitational (as Valerie Clark)

Jay Adams ... Competition Skateboarder
Jimmy Allard ... Competition Skateboarder
Ellen Berryman ... Competition Skateboarder
Bob Biniak ... Competition Skateboarder

Rene Carrasco ... Competition Skateboarder
Steve Cathy ... Competition Skateboarder (as Steve Cathey)
Craig Chaquico ... Competition Skateboarder
Paul Constantineau ... Competition Skateboarder
Russ Gosnell ... Competition Skateboarder
Clyde Grimes ... Competition Skateboarder
Dave Hackett ... Competition Skateboarder
Curtis Hasselgrave ... Competition Skateboarder
John Hughes ... Competition Skateboarder
Tom Inouye ... Competition Skateboarder
Bob Jarvis ... Competition Skateboarder
Shogo Kubo ... Competition Skateboarder (as Shogu Kubo)
Brad Logan ... Competition Skateboarder
Bruce Logan ... Competition Skateboarder
Robin Logan ... Competition Skateboarder
Bob Madrigal ... Competition Skateboarder

Chad McQueen ... Competition Skateboarder
Jim Muir ... Competition Skateboarder
Ed Nadalin ... Competition Skateboarder
Layne Oaks ... Competition Skateboarder
Bob Piercy ... Competition Skateboarder
Andy Pryciak ... Competition Skateboarder
Edie Robertson ... Competition Skateboarder
Tom Sims ... Competition Skateboarder
Lance Smith ... Competition Skateboarder
Laura Thornhill ... Competition Skateboarder
Danny Trailer ... Competition Skateboarder (as Dan Trailer)
Mike Williams ... Competition Skateboarder
Rebecca Williams ... Competition Skateboarder
Chris Yandell ... Competition Skateboarder
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Directed by
George Gage 
 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (screenplay) (as Richard A. Wolf) and
George Gage (screenplay)

Dick Wolf (story) (as Richard A. Wolf)

Produced by
Harry N. Blum .... producer
Susan Cohen .... associate producer
Roger Richman .... assistant producer
Tiger Warren .... associate producer (as W.S. Tiger Warren)
Dick Wolf .... producer (as Richard A. Wolf)
 
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
 
Cinematography by
Ross Kelsay (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Angus 
 
Casting by
Trudy Booth 
 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Gage 
 
Production Management
Lori Imbler .... production supervisor
John Zane .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Siegel .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Galen Handy .... sound
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
John Leveque .... sound effects editor
 
Stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Reid Rondell .... stunts
Tanya Russell .... stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Shapiro .... still photographer
Joseph D. Steuben .... photographer: second unit (as Joe Steuben)
Bill Pecchi .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production
 
Music Department
Bettie Biery .... music editor
Suzanne Blum .... music consultant
Marshall Leib .... music consultant
Rocky Moriana .... music editor
 
Other crew
Rich Maydock .... production assistant
Susan Scranton .... production assistant (as Susan Scranton Wolf)
Sharon Thurgood .... studio teacher (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Cynthia Bowman .... the producers wish to thank
Mickey Crofford .... the producers wish to thank
Sheridan Eldridge .... the producers wish to thank
Howard Fabrick .... the producers wish to thank
Leon Gaer .... thanks
The Gregg Allman Band .... acknowledgment (as The Greg Allman Band)
Nani Yee Grenell .... the producers wish to thank: team logos
Ricky Hirsch .... thanks
John Leslie Hug .... thanks
Stephen Kadish .... the producers wish to thank
Henry H. Kyle .... the producers wish to thank
Neil Larsen .... thanks
Chet McCracken .... thanks
Larry Muhoberac .... thanks
Lynn Parrot .... the producers wish to thank
Bill Pecchi .... the producers wish to thank
Richard Richardson .... the producers wish to thank
Clark Spangler .... thanks
Jefferson Starship .... thanks (as The Jefferson Starship)
Doug Wood .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Skateboard: The Movie" - USA (alternative title)
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97 min
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Leif Garrett did all of his own stunts.See more »
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Skatebored, 13 May 2005
Author: Bolesroor from New York, NY USA

"Skateboard" is a late-70's exploitation movie so bad it cannot be saved. The film centers on an unkempt schlub, a beefy deadbeat named Manny (bald on top but shaggy on the sides) who is attacked by a random troupe of street youths on skateboards. (Isn't that always the way?) Manny scolds the punks and then gets a phone call from his bookie, to whom he owes mucho dinero. Manny, the brain-lame slob, as played by Allen (Goorwitz) Garfield, has to think of a quick lie to stall his threatening shylock.

"I'm going after the youth market," he says, at which point the bookie parrots the sentence back in question form.

"Yeah, the youth market," says Manny, bluffing, "I'm going to start a skateboard team." You've just heard the movie's most memorable dialogue. Manny's understanding bookie gives him an extension... a new due date for the debt which happens to coincide with the "Skateboarding Championships," an event which Manny, at this point in the film, has no idea exists. Ain't it a small world? Manny then recruits (or maybe kidnaps, as these children don't seem to have parents) the dead-end street kids who are so prevalent in films of this era. Like the bastard children of "The Bad News Bears" or the crude campers from "Meatballs," these early-adolescents drink, smoke, and curse from furry heads of hair and heavy-lidded eyes. Professional skateboarding was in its infancy at the time of the film, and the "stunts" that the kids do are so lame you'll be humiliated FOR them. Handstands on skateboards? A traffic-cone slalom in a high school gymnasium? Stepping the board end-over-end for the "Walking The Dog" trick? Skateboard Downhill Racing?!? We're asked to believe that people will pay good money to see such inanity, because the fans come out in droves, cheering on these semi-determined hobbyists with a fervor found only at the seventh game of the World Series and, maybe sometimes, the Superbowl.

The film is not as exciting as I've described it, shot in a care-less documentary style in which the director does not even bother to set up shots. Characters wander in and out of the frame at random... everything is shot in a long master and there is zero coverage- no intercutting or close-ups... and the camera does not move at all. But where the film is truly awful is the lead performance of Allen Garfield. I considered myself a fan of this overlooked actor before I saw this film. His unmistakable apathy disgusted me... he just didn't care. I also don't believe that there was ever a finished script for this film, since most of the dialogue is clearly improvised; it is not only repetitive and overlapping, it is too astoundingly stupid to have been planned beforehand. Bad enough but Mr. Garfield takes it to the next level.

The Manny character does most of the talking in the film, which in Garfield's hands becomes neurotic, ineffectual, repetitive, stream-of-conscious babble. I wish I could describe it better but it defies organized thought. He yells at the children constantly, who ignore him as if he weren't there, and he responds to all exchanges by muttering under his breath and bitching like an old crank. He is also so self-indulgent in his grousing that you'd think he was unaware he was being filmed. By the predictable finale I didn't sympathize with him- I hated him. One of the characters- in what I had to believe was an unscripted, improv'd exchange- actually tells Allen to shut his mouth so that someone else can get a word in. Are you starting to imagine how bad this really is?

In conclusion "Skateboard" is a movie so bad it's bewildering, and there is nothing here for anyone to enjoy. You can either trust a man who is able to find good in almost *every* bad movie or you can experience it for yourself; please remember you've been warned. If you really want to be depressed just consider the fact that I spent more time and effort on reviewing this film than anyone involved did making the actual movie. Goodnight, folks.

GRADE: F

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