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Skateboard Madness (1980)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Sport
When a reporter too laid-back for his own good is told his last chance to keep his job is to get some good photos for a story on skateboarding, he seeks out a group of four boarders who ... See full summary »


Julian Pena (as Julian Pena Jr.)


Phil Hartman (narration), Julian Pena (as Julian Pena Jr.)




Credited cast:
Huck Andress Huck Andress ... Skateboarder
Gregg Ayres Gregg Ayres ... Skateboarder
Ray Ban Ray Ban ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Bill Dale Bill Dale ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Dennis Dragon Dennis Dragon ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Alan Gelfand Alan Gelfand ... Skateboarder
Phil Hartman ... Narrator (voice)
Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Kurt Ledterman Kurt Ledterman ... Photographer (as Kurt 'Mellow Cat' Ledterman)
Stacy Peralta ... Skateboarder
Kent Senatore Kent Senatore ... Skateboarder
Mark the Shark Mark the Shark ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Dan Smith Dan Smith ... Skateboarder (as Dan 'Mini Shred' Smith)
Drew Steele Drew Steele ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Surf Punks Surf Punks ... Themselves


When a reporter too laid-back for his own good is told his last chance to keep his job is to get some good photos for a story on skateboarding, he seeks out a group of four boarders who agree to take him on a skateboarding tour of California. After showing extensive footage of skateboarding moves and tricks, the film then goes on to show some surfing and snowboarding. The film is also bookended by a pair of animated shorts, both about skateboard racing. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Hal Jepsen Films See more »
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Welllll....Maybe if you're a skater.
26 July 2001 | by bigdinosaurSee all my reviews

Unless you're really into skateboarding (old style--late 70's), you probably will want to pass on this one.

However there are some interesting scenes: The claymation intro cartoon is cute, and I thought the ending cartoon was cool---Pot smoking alien wins race and ends up on a perpetual surf/skateboard planet. (Actually these two cartoons are the best part of the movie). One scene depicting skateboards mounted on mini ice blades is unique.

This movie is more a documentary than anything resembling a plot. Kurt Ledterman plays "Mellow Cat" who is a deadbeat reporter/photographer sent on assignment to get pictures of skateboarding. He encounters four skaters (Stacey Peralta, Kent Senatore, Greg Aires, & Dan Smith) and they tour the country (& Jamaica) in Kurt's convertible skating, surfing, and other unrelated nonsense. Rollerskating sequences in Venice Beach are tacked in; As well as surfing scenes, Surf Punks video, etc. It's definitely a hodgepodge.

One might note that Stacey Peralta has been credited in other movies as skateboard technical adviser and he has also been involved in the skateboard industry in various ways.

I gave this movie a 4 of 10 mostly because it was a very cheap production and could have been a whole lot better even as a documentary although it did have the redeeming features I mentioned.

I have to admit I did enjoy watching this movie---mainly because of the nostalgic element.

Since writing this review, I noticed that a DVD has been released. Unfortunately this DVD version has had material removed. The ending cartoon is missing and there is some re-arrangement of other segments. Why this was done, I have no idea as the original version (which I have on 16mm film) is much nicer. Also the image quality of the DVD is atrocious. The DVD does contain some extra elements (interview with Peralta & Jepsen, and some crappy skateboard footage).

UPDATE: Since writing the above review, my opinion has changed somewhat toward this movie. Normally I am loathe to change my vote, but I'm upping it to a 6 instead of a 4. The reasoning for this is due to the historic value of this movie (I read a recent reviewer's comment and am in agreement also). I still feel however, that had Jepson & Co. worked a little harder on this film it would have been a much better production.

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