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Lords of Dogtown (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  3 June 2005 (USA)
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The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.


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A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually moving into legend. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, violence, language and reckless behavior - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les seigneurs de Dogtown  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,623,373 (USA) (3 June 2005)


$122,532 (Australia) (26 August 2005)

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Emile Hirsch already had some experience as a street skater from Southern California prior to appearing in this film. See more »


When a fight breaks out in a nightclub, one of the band members can be seen wearing a Black Flag shirt. This scene occurs in either 1976 or 1977, but Black Flag did not actually take the name Black Flag until 27 January 1979 (from 1976-1978 the band's name was Panic). Additionally, the song that is playing is a cover of the song Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag, which was not released until 1978. See more »


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portrayal totally on target
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I grew up in California and this movie REALLY brought me back to the 70's and what was happening in the skateboard world. The actors were totally on mark with their portrayals of these guys and how things were back then in California at that time. I'm a girl and I was into skateboarding at that time. I saved my own money to buy my own boards. I even remember my mom came home one day and gave me an article from a magazine about Alva. I met him later in the 80's and he's a very down to earth guy. If you grew up in Cali at this time, you will LOVE this movie and if you didn't you will get the true idea of what it was like then. Awesome job guys on this film! A definite classic!

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