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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Stacy Peralta: Jay should've had it all, and it makes me so sad that he didn't.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die: Episode 2 (2011) See more »


Performed by Emilio Pericoli
Written by Mitchell Parish, Domenico Modugno, Franco Migliacci
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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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