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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2002)

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A documentary exploring the rise and fall of 80s skateboard legend Mark "Gator" Rogowski.

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Helen Stickler

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Helen Stickler

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Credited cast:
Mark 'Gator' Rogowski Mark 'Gator' Rogowski ... Himself
Tony Hawk ... Himself
Jason Jessee Jason Jessee ... Himself
John Brinton Hogan John Brinton Hogan ... Himself
Steve Olson Steve Olson ... Himself
Brandi McClain Brandi McClain ... Herself
Stacy Peralta ... Himself
Lance Mountain Lance Mountain ... Himself
Steve Caballero ... Himself
John Hogan John Hogan ... Himself
Kevin Staab Kevin Staab ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Chaves Michelle Chaves ... Herself
Shepard Fairey ... Himself
Eric Ian ... (archive footage)
Randy Janson Randy Janson ... Himself
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Storyline

STOKED tells the story of 80s skateboarding icon and convicted killer Mark "Gator" Rogowski. Spanning a decade from the early 80s to early 90s, STOKED is the fascinating character study of a young man's development, couched within the social and historical framework of skateboarding's biggest era. STOKED takes a trip to the 'in-your-face' era of 80s youth pop culture, exploring the mechanism of fame and its darker consequences in one man. A thoughtful and energetic look back at the apex of punk rock, neon jams, and the early days of MTV, the archival documentary follows skateboarding from its grass roots in Southern California backyards to an international phenomenon. Featuring skateboarding legends such as Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, and testimony from Mark "Gator" Rogowski from behind bars, STOKED dramatically reveals for the first time the factors leading to a hero's tragic fall from grace, and the unyielding spirit that allows skateboarding to ... Written by Anonymous

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The compelling life of Mark "Gator" Rogowski, 80's skateboarding superstar now serving 31 years to life in prison.

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Stoked See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,998, 24 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$131,712, 26 October 2003
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Quotes

Mark 'Gator' Rogowski,: I am a skater. I live it, breathe it, I sleep with it.
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Connections

References Thrashin' (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Space Age Love Song
Performed by A Flock of Seagulls
Written by Ali Score (as A. Score) / Michael Score (as M. Score) / Frank Maudsley (as F. Maudsley) / Paul Reynolds (as P. Reynolds)
Courtesy of Jive Records and Zomba Music Publishing Ltd.
Administered by Zomba Enterprises, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Well researched and well told story
15 December 2003 | by juan_dollapotzSee all my reviews

Using the life of Mark 'Gator' Ragowski as the thread, director Helen Stickler tracks the rise of skateboarding from underground pastime to cultural phenomenon. As corporate America jumped all over the sport, the proponents got richer and the sport of skateboarding more mainstream, but some of the players weren't equipped for the fame and money - Gator amongst them.

With a great soundtrack, excellent original resources and unparralleled access to the sports biggest names (many of whom skated with Gator and are now owners of Skateboard companies), Stoked is as much a look at the Eighties and the gluttony of the times; some made it through unscathed, some profited nicely, and one at least is going to be in jail for some time to come!

Stoked is a great documentary, for fans of skateboarding and pop culture junkies alike


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