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Skateboard (1978)

PG | | Drama, Sport | February 1978 (USA)
A Hollywood agent finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. To make a fast buck, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race. If they win, they will get $20,000.

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George Gage

Writers:

Dick Wolf (screenplay) (as Richard A. Wolf), George Gage (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allen Garfield ... Manny Bloom
Kathleen Lloyd ... Millicent Broderick
Leif Garrett ... Brad Harris
Richard Van der Wyk Richard Van der Wyk ... Jason Maddox
Tony Alva ... Tony Bluetile
Steve Monahan Steve Monahan ... Peter Steffens
David Hyde David Hyde ... Dennis
Ellen O'Neal ... Jenny Bradshaw
Pam Kenneally Pam Kenneally ... Randi
Antony Carbone ... Sol
Sylvester Words Sylvester Words ... Sol's Henchman
Gordon Jump ... Mr. Harris
Patricia Hitchcock ... Mrs. Harris (as Pat Hitchcock)
Orson Bean ... Himself
Joe Bratcher Joe Bratcher ... Vito
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Storyline

A Hollywood agent finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. To make a fast buck, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race. If they win, they will get $20,000.

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team | debt | van | travel | teenager | See All (13) »

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The movie that defies gravity! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skateboard: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,318,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,318,823
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Blum Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first writing gig for future writer/producer Dick Wolf of 'Law & Order' fame. See more »

Soundtracks

Riding High
Performed by Monalisa Young (as Mona Lisa Young) & Terry Young
Lyrics by Richard Sarstedt
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Pleasant enough but not great; skateboarders had talent
23 August 2005 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Manny is in debt to Sol, among others, and he has to come up with an idea to make money quickly. Earlier, he nearly ran into some kids who were skateboarding in the road. When he sees one of them outside his window, he pitches the idea of a skateboarding team to Sol, who reluctantly accepts this chance to get his money back and then some.

Manny knows nothing about skateboarding. He doesn't even realize there are already teams, and as talented as the kids are, it's hard to believe at first anyone will pay money to see them.

A number of problems get in the way of the team's success. One is the need for someone to supervise them, like a parent. So Millicent is hired. Of course, as often happens in sports movies, one of the kids thinks he is too good to follow the rules. Later, the events really look like something worth seeing.

I didn't see anything here approaching good acting, but Manny, Millicent and the kids were all easy enough to like. Manny was certainly funny because he was such a loser. And the kids certainly had talent on skateboards if nothing else. The situation was hard to believe but was executed well enough.

I seriously question any reference to this being a 'family' movie. The sound went out a number of times, and other times it sounded like words had been substituted, and while tame by today's standards, the sex talk seemed pretty frank.

If you're not looking to use your brain and if your expectations are not high, I suppose this was a pleasant enough film.


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