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
When Jay Adams is skateboarding in the giant cylinders, you can see the shadow of the Camera-man following him for a brief moment. See more »
[after Sid wipes out, HARD, and is unconscious in the pool]
Dude, are you okay?
I can't feel my feet!
[takes out a joint, sets in mouth]
But, then again, I can never feel my feet!
[laughs. Tony slaps him, he starts groaning]
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The TriStar Pictures logo gets "Locals Only" spray-painted across it. See more »
You'll appreciate the movie more if you watch Peralta's documentary Dogtown and Z-boys.
It was the seventies Sam. Materialism was making a comeback. For poor kids this was a way out of the dead end they saw in their future, so many of them jumped at the chance for a corporate sponsor. Watch the documentary. These were real people. Most of the events happened in some fashion to the team members, but to make it a more cohesive story, Peralta put it into one year and focused on the three main characters for the movie. Put the Dogtown and Z-boys documentary on and watch for how well they all match the mannerisms of the real people they are portraying. They also had to be convincing skating and in some scenes surfing. Watch the movie again with Peralta and Alva's commentary running and you will see and hear how close they got it to the real life these guys had. How can you say Emile Hirsch is one dimensional? John Robinson does most of his own skating. Peralta himself doubles for the multiple 360s in the Delmar contest scene. The real Alva does some as well. I've never even skated, but I lived through the seventies and I thought it was like stepping back into the past. Very convincing. The only thing I would have done differently would be to develop Wentzle's character more-he is a hoot in the documentary.
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