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Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  10 May 2002 (USA)
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Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.


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Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Jeff Ament ...
Bob Biniak ...
Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Steve Caballero ...
Himself - Skateboard Champion
Paul Constantineau ...
Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
'Baby' Paul Cullen ...
Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Skip Engblom ...
Himself - Zephyr Co-Founder
Steve Freidman ...
Surfer (archive footage)
Glen E. Friedman ...
Alan Gelfand ...
Marty Grimes ...
Himself - Dogtown Skater
Himself - 70s Skateboard Champion


Sub-titled "The Birth of Extreme", this documetary takes a look at the transformation of skateboarding from its former image as a land-bound pastime for surfers to its status today as an extreme and acrobatic sport in its own right. Starting from the California surf community of Dogtown, the film follows the evolution of modern skateboarding through it's 70's heyday, its decline during the 80's, and its eventual (and highly lucrative) return in the 90's. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some drug references | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dogtown & Z-Boys  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$103,355 (USA) (26 April 2002)


$1,293,295 (USA) (2 August 2002)

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One of 'Sean Penn''s reasons for signing on as Narrator was that he himself had lived and surfed in and near the Dogtown area. See more »


A brief shot of a news article/photo of the Z-Boys is flopped (so that the text is backwards). See more »


Shogo Kubo: We were treated like kings at every place that we went to.
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Crazy Credits

Empty backyard pools & pool skateboarding for sound recordings by Toby Burger. See more »


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Performed by Thin Lizzy
Written by Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Phil Lynott
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Thanks to IFC I finally caught this amazing film-well worth the wait!
30 January 2005 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Back in the day, I was one of the RN's in the Emergency Rooms, these skaters would occasionally land in. They were not treated well, and some of it was brought on by their asocial personalities- but we all knew they were a talented bunch of "wonderkids" even then. They deserved better care than they received, I'm afraid. They had "attitude" in spades.

I'm so glad I caught this documentary on IFC tonight- it will be on again at 1 am and I'll be watching again!

Little attention was given to them until the rich dying kid was able to talk his parents into draining the pool- and the film really highlights that as the taking off was an amazing time, and deserved to be recorded. Stacy Peralta is due all the praise heaped on him, and long may those Z-Boys enjoy their memories and contribution to the real sport of skateboarding. As for the few "sour grape" reviews contained herein, there always were and there always will be "wannabees" and hangers-on who never do more than dream...the Z-boys lived it, breathed it, were it.

Nice to see the vintage films and even the lone girl, "Peggy" who was so talked about as being the only female to win their respect.

Thanks to IFC I get to really take the occasional drug-free head trip of my youth and relive the heart pounding excitement again.

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