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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 »

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Credited cast:
Huck Andress ... Skateboarder
Gregg Ayres ... Skateboarder
Ray Ban ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Bill Dale ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Dennis Dragon ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Alan Gelfand ... Skateboarder
... Narrator (voice)
Andrew Jackson ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Kurt Ledterman ... Photographer (as Kurt 'Mellow Cat' Ledterman)
... Skateboarder
Kent Senatore ... Skateboarder
Mark the Shark ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Dan Smith ... Skateboarder (as Dan 'Mini Shred' Smith)
Drew Steele ... Himself (as Surf Punks)
Surf Punks ... Themselves
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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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better than the previous reviewer gives credit for!
8 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Yes, I was a skater, and back in the mid 80's while perusing the late night TV listings I see "Skateboard Madness" scheduled to air at 3 in the morning. Since the film had "skateboard" in the title I stayed up until 3am, and recorded the movie on VHS. Over the years I wore out the tape watching Skateboard Madness again and again. Here's why the film deserves a better rating than a 4:

-this movie represents one of the first feature length films devoted entirely to skateboarding and showcased the skating boom in the late 70's/early 80's when skateparks were being built all over Southern California.

-skaters destined to revolutionize the sport are featured -Peralta, Rector, etc.

-there are some really cool montages with (as mentioned above) ice skates mounted on skateboards, windboarding? (sail mounted on board with big wheels in the desert), some crazy fiberglass bowl that looks like a gigantic gerbil wheel.

-other random stuff like the cartoons, surf punks, roller skating in Venice, etc.

Okay, maybe you do have to be a skater to appreciate the film, but for those of us who grew up on urethane wheels, this move is an important piece of history and captures an important time in the development of the sport. Plus, young Phil Hartman's voice-over is funny.


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