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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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Narrator (voice)
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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 ...
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Alan Gelfand ...
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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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$103,355 (USA) (26 April 2002)

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$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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Bob Biniak: Jay would be making these goofy faces at old ladies on the bus.
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Empty backyard pools & pool skateboarding for sound recordings by Toby Burger. See more »

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The birth of "extreme sports"
4 June 2005 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

My skateboarding career ended in 1974 when my two-by-four skateboard with steel roller-skate wheels hit a rock and I tumbled, for days it seemed, down the sidewalk outside my parent's house in Boston. By the time the cast came off my arm, summer was gone.

But I have always admired the X-games types and surfers especially. I think I spent the first month after I moved to Southern California on the beaches and piers watching the surfers, bemoaning that fact that I had missed my calling. It's the sort of thing you should learn young, before the horrible senses of self-preservation and self-awareness burrow in. Or else at best, you'll be so worried about not getting hurt or laughed at, you'll wind up looking like a trained bear.

I always admired how a good surfer seems to not care about anything but that moment, that wave, that experience. At one with the forces of nature. A good surfer makes it look like there is nothing else but that wave right there, and the way you interact with it. There's a lot of Zen in it to me.

This documentary outlines how a few young folks took the surfing concepts and extended them to skateboarding. Ramps, downgrades, low sweeping curves while interacting with the cement waves beneath their feet. In their day and time, this was all new. radical. Prior to the Zephyr Skate team the idea apparently was to go as fast as you could in a straight line on a skateboard, hence my long "Evel Knievel at Caesers Palace" like tumble down the front walk.

This film is a look back through time, to an America before EVERYTHING was labeled, tagged, marketed, and jam-forced down our throats as "Extreme". (Seriously, what's so "extreme" about an "Extreme value meal" at Taco Bell? Other than the fact that it is an extreme hazard to your colon...)

Watch this film and watch the birth of 'extreme sports'. Before there was an X-games, before Boom-boom Huck-Jam, before Crusty Demons, before the ASA...there were these young street urchins who created 'extreme sports' without really trying. They were just doing it for the purity, the pure pleasure, of skateboarding in the sun with friends.

I hope they get a cut of the 'extreme' money out there. Goodness knows they don't get the credit they deserve. Maybe this film can correct that.

Excellent film with a great soundtrack, a portrait of a Southern California, indeed an America, that no longer exists.

I don't care for Sean Penn but he does a decent job narrating.


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