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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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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 »


Skip Engblom: Children took the ruins of the 20th century and made art out of it.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


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Performed by Ted Nugent
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Fascinating Even for an Outsider
26 December 2003 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I never surfed or skateboarded but I still found this documentary fascinating. I accidentally stumbled on it while channel surfing (not sidewalk surfing) and watched it a second time later in the day. The Z-Boys made me think of the early days of rock and roll when young kids with no formal musical training basically "invented" rock and roll as they went along.. It seems the Z-Boys did the same with skateboarding.

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