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Skateland (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama | 13 May 2011 (USA)
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In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

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Anthony Burns
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shiloh Fernandez ... Ritchie Wheeler
Ashley Greene ... Michelle Burkham
Heath Freeman ... Brent Burkham
Brett Cullen ... David Wheeler
Melinda McGraw ... Debbie Wheeler
Taylor Handley ... Kenny Crawford
Haley Ramm ... Mary Wheeler
A.J. Buckley ... Teddy Tullos
Ellen Hollman ... Deana Trammel
James Le Gros ... Clive Burkham (as James LeGros)
Casey LaBow ... Candy Boyce
James Landry Hébert ... Tommy Dillday (as James Hébert)
Ross Francis ... Danny States
Caleb Michaelson ... Billy Means
D.W. Moffett ... Steakhouse Manager
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Storyline

An iconic tribute to a culture, place and state of mind that defined small town America in the early 80s. It is a universal moment in time, when everything you know to be true starts fading. The story is personal, yet familiar, set against a visually arresting landscape of music and vistas of Americana. Written by Anonymous

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It was a time when life was easy...in a place they thought would never change.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexuality, language, substance abuse and smoking - involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skateland - Zeiten ändern sich See more »

Filming Locations:

Marshall, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,254, 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,108, 5 June 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 9 mins) When Ritchie, Brent and Michelle are driving down the road, the car transmission is clearly in the "Park" position. See more »

Connections

References Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Funkytown
Written by Steve Greenberg
Published by Rightsong Music, Inc. o/b/o Rick's Music, Inc. and Red Sea Songs (BMI)
Performed by Lipps Inc.
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Really enjoyed this little film
31 January 2010 | by Beckalina7See all my reviews

I saw this film today at Sundance and really enjoyed it. I don't know why the other two reviewers here suggest it would be better as a comedy about the era or should be like Dazed and Confused. That would be a completely different story and the writer and director obviously wanted to tell THIS story. They show a young man dealing at age 19 with his world crashing in on him, in several ways, pretty much all at once. I appreciated the story they chose to tell and found the lead character rather charming and a nice portrayal of a not too perfect "good boy." I was interested in following what he was going through. Sure, there have been many similar teen stories, several set in this era, and not a lot of new material was explored. Except that the Skateland theme will be memorable to many of us who enjoyed a skating rink during our childhood and teen years.

One of the sad things about seeing films you like at Sundance is that so many of them never see the light of day again. This may not be a blockbuster, but as the closing credits ran, I thought - this one will make it. I think the casting will help assure that this one isn't going to be mothballed.


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