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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator -- A documentary exploring the rise and fall of 80s skateboard legend Mark "Gator" Rogowski.


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A documentary exploring the rise and fall of 80s skateboard legend Mark "Gator" Rogowski. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mark 'Gator' Rogowski ... Himself

Tony Hawk ... Himself
Jason Jessee ... Himself
John Brinton Hogan ... Himself
Steve Olson ... Himself
Brandi McClain ... Herself

Stacy Peralta ... Himself
Lance Mountain ... Himself
Steve Caballero ... Himself
John Hogan ... Himself
Kevin Staab ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Chaves ... Herself

Shepard Fairey ... Himself

Eric Ian ... (archive footage)
Randy Janson ... Himself
Harry Jumonji ... Himself

Jason Lee ... Himself
Carol Leggett ... Herself
Kris Markovich ... Himself
MoFo ... Himself
Ken Park
Billy Smith ... Himself
Tod Swank ... Himself
Ed Templeton ... Himself

Mike Vallely ... Himself

Directed by
Helen Stickler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Helen Stickler 

Produced by
Zachary Mortensen .... associate producer
Helen Stickler .... producer
Original Music by
David Reid 
Cinematography by
Jeff Glasse 
Ian O'Roarty 
Dag Yngvesson 
Film Editing by
Ana Esterov 
Helen Stickler (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Tim Crean 
Sound Department
Daniel Perlin .... sound mixer
Editorial Department
Rebecca Haimowitz .... post-production associate
Music Department
Michelle Bayer .... music supervisor
Joe Rudge .... music clearance
Other crew
Jen Alex .... production assistant (as Jennifer Gonzalez)
Irwin M. Rappaport .... attorney
Morgan Lebus .... thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
82 min

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Mark 'Gator' Rogowski,:I am a skater. I live it, breathe it, I sleep with it.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
superb, 26 January 2003
Author: gregorykmitchell from nyc

This film doubles as a peerless document of skateboarding as a legitimate American phenomenon *and* an unflinching look into the dark and doomed life of Mark Rogowski.

Ms. Stickler deftly handles the thrill of Rogowski's career triumphs and the chilling fall from grace that no one could have anticipated or, sadly, prevented.

'Stoked' stands bravely as neither celebratory nor exploitive; nor does it presume to answer 'Why?'. Instead, like the Maysles brothers' finest work, this film presents a 'fly on the wall' look at the Who, What, Where, and How with the precision and objectivity of a postmortem exam.

It's tough to successfully reconcile the duality this film presents to its audience - the great retrospective fun of high octane 80s culture sits uncomfortably next to what is essentially a grim and unsettling story. Viewers have to sort out for themselves if Rogowski's doom was a product of his huge fame and subsequent & abrupt fall from the top, or if it was, sadly, bound to happen anyway.

Rogowski could have been one of those elementary school teachers or office workers or Home Depot employees gone bad in what would have been an otherwise anonymous American murder story - but he wasn't: he was Gator. And as the authorities & families involved (and perhaps most tellingly, the friends & skaters in the periphery) in this dark tale will tell you, that may have made all the difference in the world.

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