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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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Tony Alva: My goal was, I wanted to be the best in the world.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Thrashin' Reunion (2003) See more »


Into the Void
Performed by Black Sabbath
Written by Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward
Courtesy of Castle Communications
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Edgy documentary on skateboarding...
5 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

A close-up look at the birth of skate board culture in Southern California, Dogtown and Z-Boys has attitude to burn, just like the sport it documents. Directed by Stacy Peralta, one of the legends of the sport, it captures the punk rock spirit of skate boarding, and perfectly places it into context within the boundaries of time (the 1970s) and location (a neighbourhood between Santa Monica and Venice, California). Even if you are not a fan you'll be fascinated by the story, which is told using a combination of narration, stills, great vintage 1970s skate boarding footage and new interviews with all the key players. Sean Penn provides the narration, and adds a flair all of his own. The opposite of stodgy, Penn speaks to the audience not at them, sounding like someone sitting at a bar telling the tale. At one point in mid-sentence he coughs, pauses for a moment and then continues. It's this kind of approach that gives this movie its edge.

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