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Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

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Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Adams ...
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
Marty Grimes ...
Himself - Dogtown Skater
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Himself - 70s Skateboard Champion
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Himself
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The Film is a Fantastic historical account of skate boarding in the 70's. If you were in the Santa Monica, Huntington Beach area at the time you know. I think it's a shame the owner of "The Dog Bowl Pool" is just briefly mentioned as "The kid with head cancer". The Dog Bowl Pool was the epitome of the Z Boys and Dogtown, and the owner that let them ride, is "Some kid with cancer". I believe he deserved a little more recognition and to be remembered for his donation of the pool. Written by Forrest Team Alta

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

3 January 2002 (Australia)  »

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Dogtown & Z-Boys  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

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Himself (Zephyr co-founder; writer: Skaters by their very nature are urban guerrillas: they make everyday use of the useless artifacts of the technological burden, and employ the handiwork of the government/corporate structure in a thousand ways that the original architects could never dream of.
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Version of Lords of Dogtown (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Danger
Performed by Iggy & The Stooges
Written by Iggy Pop and James Williamson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Consummate Style, Invented Being
22 August 2003 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Spoilers herein.

I usually have a hard time with documentaries. Film for me is a matter of conversations between different parts of myself and various personalities (and virtual personalities as elements) within the project. This requires a certain synthesis of the reality in and of the film. Most documentaries, the journalistic ones, cannot acknowledge the synthetic nature of what they show.

No so here. The topic is one that interests: kids making up something that has no purpose other than being a vehicle for style - and it carrying that meme of style to millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of kids. A question of expression completely in line with what happened to our music and dress for a long while before the counterforces of hiphop and country developed.

Cool. And as with so many such successful, youth-driven revolutions, this one was invented by savvy journalism. These same journalists now do a metajob on reporting both the phenomenon and how they created it. Along the way, they have copious interviews with the players.

The same style is used in the film as in the skating, which is a practiced but of course not entirely committed ragginess. There is no mention of the sex and little note of drugs except that the star skater (perhaps the only one that was truly committed) is now incarcerated. He is a completely dulled individual now, the walking dead.

So we have double folding: journalism about journalism about self-journalism. The style of style.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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