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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:
Jeff Ament ...
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)
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 USA:

$103,355, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,293,295, 4 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 the 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 »


Glen E. Friedman: There were no precedents, they set precedents everyday when they went out and rode.
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Crazy Credits

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


Features Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »


Performed by The Lively Ones
Written by Bogie, Edwards, Wilson
Courtesy of Del-Fi Records
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9 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This documentary struck a great emotional chord with me. Just reminded me of what it felt like to be a kid in the 70s trying to figure out who you were. Yeah, the men/women talk about their teenage selves like they were superheroes - but that's exactly how I like to remember those years in my life, too. ;) And I didn't do anything quite as cool as those kids did.

I love this movie because it shows the people and the developing sport of skateboarding as being truly products of their environment. Where you grow up, what you see, and who you hang with - these things create you. It was great to see people looking back on that, acknowledging it, accepting it, and taking pride in it. Yeah, maybe a little too much pride in some cases...

Interesting to see where everyone ended up at the end.

Oh, and a good soundtrack.

I bought the movie and will watch it many times over the years, I'm sure.

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