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Lords of Dogtown (2005)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 3 June 2005 (USA)
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The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.


Stacy Peralta
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Robinson ... Stacy
Emile Hirsch ... Jay
Rebecca De Mornay ... Philaine
William Mapother ... Donnie
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Mr. Alva
Victor Rasuk ... Tony
Nikki Reed ... Kathy Alva
Heath Ledger ... Skip
Vincent Laresca ... Chino
Brian Zarate Brian Zarate ... Montoya
Pablo Schreiber ... Stecyk
Elden Henson ... Billy Z
Michael Angarano ... Sid
Mitch Hedberg ... Urethane Wheels Guy
Benjamin Nurick ... Browser


A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually moving into legend. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They never thought they'd be famous, but they always thought they'd be friends. See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, violence, language and reckless behavior - all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


In the scene where Jay shouts at the elderly ladies from the car, the original line filmed made reference to "gray beaver", which the censors objected to. The scene was re-shot several times, with Emile Hirsch shouting a selection of various different obscenities. In the end, the censors only approved one of these, which was the one where he refers to "vintage ass", on the basis that the word 'vintage' had a positive connotation to it. As a sign of appreciation for being accommodating during the process, they sent Catherine Hardwicke a present after the film had been approved, which consisted of some jogging shorts with the word 'vintage' written across the back. See more »


The first time the Z-Boys skate Sid's pool there is a skateboard left on the steps that changes positions several times. See more »


Jay: [talking to Kathy] Gimmie Kitty!
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Crazy Credits

The TriStar Pictures logo gets "Locals Only" spray-painted across it. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released on DVD as an "Unrated Extended Cut". See more »


Referenced in The Guest Book: Story Nine (2017) See more »


Strange Brew
Written by Eric Clapton, Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi
Performed by Cream
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd (U.K.)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Good sense of style
27 May 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the 70s. A group of local surfers form a tribe that runs their section of the surf. Skip (Heath Ledger) is a surf shop owner who starts making skateboards with polyurethane wheels. Three kids Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), and Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) become famous pioneering stars. They start surfing empty neighborhood pools. Kathy (Nikki Reed) is Tony's sister.

This has the energy. It has the music. It has the rebel sensibility. It's a little disorganized. It's hard to know who's the lead at times. Director Catherine Hardwicke has left it very loose. Heath Ledger is eating up the scenes with his weird voice. Emile Hirsch is sort of the center. There are quite a few unknown actors here. It's a very compelling history to begin with. For more insights, one should watch Stacy Peralta's 'Dogtown and Z-Boys'.

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Entertainment


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lords of Dogtown See more »

Filming Locations:

Imperial Beach, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,623,373, 5 June 2005

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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