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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2002)

A documentary exploring the rise and fall of 80s skateboard legend Mark "Gator" Rogowski.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mark 'Gator' Rogowski ...
Himself
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Himself
Jason Jessee ...
Himself
John Brinton Hogan ...
Himself
Steve Olson ...
Himself
Brandi McClain ...
Herself
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Himself
Lance Mountain ...
Himself
Steve Caballero ...
Himself
John Hogan ...
Himself
Kevin Staab ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Chaves ...
Herself
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Himself
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(archive footage)
Randy Janson ...
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STOKED tells the story of 80s skateboarding icon and convicted killer Mark "Gator" Rogowski. Spanning a decade from the early 80s to early 90s, STOKED is the fascinating character study of a young man's development, couched within the social and historical framework of skateboarding's biggest era. STOKED takes a trip to the 'in-your-face' era of 80s youth pop culture, exploring the mechanism of fame and its darker consequences in one man. A thoughtful and energetic look back at the apex of punk rock, neon jams, and the early days of MTV, the archival documentary follows skateboarding from its grass roots in Southern California backyards to an international phenomenon. Featuring skateboarding legends such as Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, and testimony from Mark "Gator" Rogowski from behind bars, STOKED dramatically reveals for the first time the factors leading to a hero's tragic fall from grace, and the unyielding spirit that allows skateboarding to ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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25 June 2004 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$10,998 (USA) (22 August 2003)

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$131,712 (USA) (24 October 2003)
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Quotes

Mark 'Gator' Rogowski,: I am a skater. I live it, breathe it, I sleep with it.
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Connections

References Skatevisions (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Dudesblood
Performed by John Hogan and Mark 'Gator' Rogowski (as Mark Rogowski)
Courtesy of Canciones de Pesar
Administered by Bill Silva Management Music (BMI)
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Brilliant. Everything a documentary should be...
9 October 2004 | by (Bay Area, CA) – See all my reviews

This film NAILS it by juxtaposing the fast rise and rocky descent of 80's counter-culture commercialism with the tragic story of Gator and his victim. We get to know Gator as a wild punk, arrogant jock, immature romantic, and finally, a violent and dangerous man. He was made for stardom, but the path to skater stardom was even younger than its pioneers... he was the era's most notable fallen angel.

I haven't yet seen a more vivid reflection on the style and attitude of California in the 1980s. It's very easy to get lost in this one; it's a sad, enlightening, and socially significant piece of journalistic film-making. Kudos to the filmmakers.


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