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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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Cast

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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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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Documentary | Sport

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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 Gleaming the Cube (1989) See more »

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I Don't Know
Performed by Naked Raygun
Written by John Haggarty and Jeff Pezzati
Courtesy of Touch and Go Records
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26 January 2003 | by gregorykmitchellSee all my reviews

This film doubles as a peerless document of skateboarding as a legitimate American phenomenon *and* an unflinching look into the dark and doomed life of Mark Rogowski.

Ms. Stickler deftly handles the thrill of Rogowski's career triumphs and the chilling fall from grace that no one could have anticipated or, sadly, prevented.

'Stoked' stands bravely as neither celebratory nor exploitive; nor does it presume to answer 'Why?'. Instead, like the Maysles brothers' finest work, this film presents a 'fly on the wall' look at the Who, What, Where, and How with the precision and objectivity of a postmortem exam.

It's tough to successfully reconcile the duality this film presents to its audience - the great retrospective fun of high octane 80s culture sits uncomfortably next to what is essentially a grim and unsettling story. Viewers have to sort out for themselves if Rogowski's doom was a product of his huge fame and subsequent & abrupt fall from the top, or if it was, sadly, bound to happen anyway.

Rogowski could have been one of those elementary school teachers or office workers or Home Depot employees gone bad in what would have been an otherwise anonymous American murder story - but he wasn't: he was Gator. And as the authorities & families involved (and perhaps most tellingly, the friends & skaters in the periphery) in this dark tale will tell you, that may have made all the difference in the world.


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