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Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  3 January 2002 (Australia)
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Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

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Credited cast:
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Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
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Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Jeff Ament ...
Himself
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)
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Himself
Glen E. Friedman ...
Himself
Alan Gelfand ...
Himself
Marty Grimes ...
Himself - Dogtown Skater
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Himself - 70s Skateboard Champion
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Rated PG-13 for language and some drug references | See all certifications »
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3 January 2002 (Australia)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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

Quotes

Jay Adams: Once pool riding came in y'know, that's like all we wanted to do.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Written by Anthony Velona
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Hits on multiple levels
14 July 2004 | by (Valley of the Sun, AZ) – See all my reviews

Being in the suburbs of New York when the Z-Boys were creating history in Dogtown, I was only exposed to a glimpse of what was going on. I had a P-O-S Black Knight skateboard with clay wheels. It is long gone, and on the ash heap of my personal life. But I never forgot. It's like watching long-lost brothers and friends, and it hits me right where I live. I cannot watch this film enough. Every time I view it, some other aspect rises to the top, some other viewpoint come into sharp focus. The vintage footage, the incredible stills, the current personalities intermeshed with the vivid shadows of the brightly lit past, the heartfelt and not over-done narrative, all beautifully edited together in such a way as to make a landmark documentary of a genuine slice of American history. In the words of Glen Friedman - "It was F-ing unbelievable."


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