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Dogtown and Z-Boys
- Sean Penn

Overview - In the late 1960s, a group of burnt out teenagers from broken homes ambled together and began to surf along Venice, California's Pacific Ocean Park pier, a ghostly shell of a former amusement park nicknamed "Dogtown." United by their attention to style and willingness to take risks, this group of unruly boys were handpicked and nurtured by maverick surfboard designer Jeff Ho, who christened them the Zephyr surf team (or Z-boys).  Read more...

 
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Overview

In the late 1960s, a group of burnt out teenagers from broken homes ambled together and began to surf along Venice, California's Pacific Ocean Park pier, a ghostly shell of a former amusement park nicknamed "Dogtown." United by their attention to style and willingness to take risks, this group of unruly boys were handpicked and nurtured by maverick surfboard designer Jeff Ho, who christened them the Zephyr surf team (or Z-boys). Originally taking up skateboarding as a distraction for the non-surfing hours, the team ended up revolutionizing what was to become an internationally popular sport, using emptied out pools to create a surf-inspired style that was fluid and vertical and ultimately made them legends. In this fine, frenetic documentary, director Stacy Peralta (one of the most famous Z-boys) tells the inspiring story of himself and his team. Through interviews, archival film footage, and stunningly beautiful still photographs taken by the Z-boys photographers Craig Stecyk and Glen E. Friedman, Peralta delves into both the large and small of the story--from the personal details of skaters' lives to their lasting impact upon a sport that became a culture. The soundtrack--an expertly chosen mix of classic punk rock and heavy metal including The Stooges, Black Sabbath, and Alice Cooper--is the perfect aural complement to this story, reflecting the rebellious attitude that fueled the boys.

Cast List

Stacy Peralta - Director, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
Ian MacKaye - Featured, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
Henry Rollins - Singer/Actor/Author
Jay Wilson - Producer, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
Paul Crowder - American Editor
Jay Adams - Featured, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
Craig Stecyk - Screenwriter, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
Peter Pilifian - Director of Photography, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
Sean Penn - Actor, Director
Tony Alva - Featured, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)
Agi Orsi - Producer, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS (2002)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396106611
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (language and some drug use)
  • Release Date: November 2005

Related Categories:
Movies > Sports/Recreation
Movies > Skateboarding
Movies > American History/Culture

Related Keywords:
Live-Action
Rock And Roll
Documentary
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Theatrical Release: APRIL 26, 2002 (LA/NY)

Reviews:
"...Featuring a killer soundtrack of classic rock and new wave..." - 04/01/2002 Premiere, p.28


"...An exhilarating piece of filmmaking....An inventive, kinetic burst of cinematic brio..." - 05/01/2002 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.41


"...A dazzlingly crafted documentary about the teenage surf punks of lower Los Angeles....The movie invites you to share their free ride..." - 05/03/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.61


"...A giddy, thrilling, rock 'n' roll-saturated history of skateboarding....[A] taut, viscerally propulsive insider's history of the sport in its early years..." - 04/26/2002 New York Times, p.E25


"...The Z-Boys' story is a compelling and culturally significant one, and the vintage footage that goes along with it is really something to see..." - 04/26/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...The film has an infectious enthusiasm..." - 05/10/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33

 
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