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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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Jeff Ament ...
Himself
Bob Biniak ...
Steve Caballero ...
Himself - Skateboard Champion
Paul Constantineau ...
Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
'Baby' Paul Cullen ...
Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Skip Engblom ...
Steve Freidman ...
Surfer (archive footage)
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Himself
Glen E. Friedman ...
Alan Gelfand ...
Himself
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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10 May 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,355, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,293,295, 4 August 2002
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One of Sean Penn's reasons for signing on as the 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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Wentzle Ruml: You come off with a heavy grind and your bros are hootin'.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #4.9 (2005) See more »

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Freedom
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Experience Hendrix LLC
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Thanks to IFC I finally caught this amazing film-well worth the wait!
30 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Back in the day, I was one of the RN's in the Emergency Rooms, these skaters would occasionally land in. They were not treated well, and some of it was brought on by their asocial personalities- but we all knew they were a talented bunch of "wonderkids" even then. They deserved better care than they received, I'm afraid. They had "attitude" in spades.

I'm so glad I caught this documentary on IFC tonight- it will be on again at 1 am and I'll be watching again!

Little attention was given to them until the rich dying kid was able to talk his parents into draining the pool- and the film really highlights that as the taking off point....it was an amazing time, and deserved to be recorded. Stacy Peralta is due all the praise heaped on him, and long may those Z-Boys enjoy their memories and contribution to the real sport of skateboarding. As for the few "sour grape" reviews contained herein, there always were and there always will be "wannabees" and hangers-on who never do more than dream...the Z-boys lived it, breathed it, were it.

Nice to see the vintage films and even the lone girl, "Peggy" who was so talked about as being the only female to win their respect.

Thanks to IFC I get to really take the occasional drug-free head trip of my youth and relive the heart pounding excitement again.


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