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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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Stacy Peralta
7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sean Penn ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Adams ... Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Tony Alva ... Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Jeff Ament Jeff Ament ... Himself
Bob Biniak Bob Biniak ... Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Steve Caballero ... Himself - Skateboard Champion
Paul Constantineau Paul Constantineau ... Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
'Baby' Paul Cullen 'Baby' Paul Cullen ... Himself - Zephyr Skate Team
Skip Engblom Skip Engblom ... Himself - Zephyr Co-Founder
Steve Freidman Steve Freidman ... Surfer (archive footage)
Tony Friedkin ... Himself
Glen E. Friedman Glen E. Friedman ... Himself
Alan Gelfand Alan Gelfand ... Himself
Marty Grimes Marty Grimes ... Himself - Dogtown Skater
David Hackett ... Himself - 70s Skateboard Champion
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Storyline

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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The birth of extreme See more »

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Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some drug references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogtown & Z-Boys See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,355, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,293,295, 4 August 2002
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Production Co:

Agi Orsi Productions,Vans See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

A brief shot of a news article/photo of the Z-Boys is flopped (so that the text is backwards). See more »

Quotes

Jay Adams: Once pool riding came in, that was like all we wanted to do.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Lords of Dogtown (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Seasons of Wither
Performed by Aerosmith
Written by Steven Tyler
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Edgy documentary on skateboarding...
5 July 2003 | by mrchaos33See all my reviews

A close-up look at the birth of skate board culture in Southern California, Dogtown and Z-Boys has attitude to burn, just like the sport it documents. Directed by Stacy Peralta, one of the legends of the sport, it captures the punk rock spirit of skate boarding, and perfectly places it into context within the boundaries of time (the 1970s) and location (a neighbourhood between Santa Monica and Venice, California). Even if you are not a fan you'll be fascinated by the story, which is told using a combination of narration, stills, great vintage 1970s skate boarding footage and new interviews with all the key players. Sean Penn provides the narration, and adds a flair all of his own. The opposite of stodgy, Penn speaks to the audience not at them, sounding like someone sitting at a bar telling the tale. At one point in mid-sentence he coughs, pauses for a moment and then continues. It's this kind of approach that gives this movie its edge.


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