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Dogtown And Z-Boys

Dogtown And Z-Boys

3.8 5

Cast: Stacy Peralta, Sean Penn, Tony Alva, Henry Rollins


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In the mid-'70s, skateboarding was widely seen as a fad of the 1960s that had all but died out, except for a handful of committed fans in California. But that began to change with the emergence of the Z-Boys -- a team of teenaged skateboarders from a decaying urban community in Santa Monica, CA. Hard-core surfers who sought to translate the hot-dogging stunts of world


In the mid-'70s, skateboarding was widely seen as a fad of the 1960s that had all but died out, except for a handful of committed fans in California. But that began to change with the emergence of the Z-Boys -- a team of teenaged skateboarders from a decaying urban community in Santa Monica, CA. Hard-core surfers who sought to translate the hot-dogging stunts of world-class wave riders onto their skateboards began hanging out at the Zephyr Productions Surf Shop, a store that stocked top-grade equipment for local surfers and skaters, and with the help of the store's owner Jeff Ho, twelve of the skaters organized themselves into a team to compete at local skate events. Soon the radical moves and scruffy-streetwise style of the Zephyr Skate Team -- the Z-Boys for short -- upended public preconceptions of skateboarding as a sport and a lifestyle, and the wild style of Z-Boy skaters such as Tony Alva, Jim Muir, and Jay Adams made them celebrities who blazed the trail for the extreme sports movement. But while the Z-Boys' success brought them a measure of fame and fortune -- lucrative endorsement contracts, deals to manufacture their own custom skateboards, and even movie roles (Tony Alva starred opposite Leif Garrett in Skateboard, while Z-Boy Stacy Peralta was top-billed in Freewheelin') -- their fame proved to be fleeting, and several of the Z-Boys fell prey to drugs, crime, and ego. Dogtown and Z-Boys is a documentary by former Z-Boy Stacy Peralta that chronicles the glory days of the Z-Boys through footage of the skaters in their prime and interviews with the pioneers of the Southern California skate scene. Rock musicians and noted skate enthusiasts Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, and Jeff Ament also appear to discuss the importance of the Z-Boys' legacy; Sean Penn narrates.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
You don’t have to have even a passing interest in skateboarding to be entranced by Stacy Peralta’s crowd-pleasing documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. This Sundance winner tells the story of the Zehpher Team (a.k.a. Z-Boys), a ragtag group of scrappy, lower-middle-class kids from a rundown Los Angeles beach community nicknamed Dogtown. In the mid-1970s, the Z-Boys pioneered today’s "radical," airborne style of skateboarding by adapting their aggressive surfing moves to the concrete waves of empty swimming pools. Fame and big money followed for a few; others crashed and burned on drugs, while most simply stopped skating and faded into obscurity. Sean Penn provides voice-over narration as the film interweaves glorious archival super-8 footage and photographs of the Z-Boys in action -- many of them taken by renowned photographer and journalist Craig Stecyk -- with contemporary interviews. The sight of these middle-aged characters (one of whom is serving time in prison on drug charges) contrasts with images of their lithe teenage selves gracefully defying gravity and makes Dogtown an incredibly poignant evocation of lost youth. Great footage of the dilapidated Pacific Ocean Pier amusement park and drought-ridden streets of pre-gentrified Santa Monica provide a fascinating glimpse into the seamy underbelly of Southern California beach culture. While Peralta's intimacy with the subject is one of Dogtown’s strengths, his status as an original Z-Boy does have a downside, making the film feel, at times, myopic and self-aggrandizing. Certainly it would have been interesting to hear some outsider perspectives from parents, wives, and girlfriends -- or those dorky, '60s-style skateboarders the Z-Boys blew away in their first contest. Still, it's almost impossible not to like this film: With hyperactive, MTV-style cutting that feels utterly appropriate (for once) and a soundtrack crammed with loud, vintage rock ‘n’ roll, Dogtown and Z-Boys is an exhilarating rush of pure entertainment.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Funded by the Vans shoe company, Dogtown and Z-Boys is most effective as a nostalgic look back at the stylish Southern California lifestyle of the '70s. However, as a documentary it is fails to address any pressing questions the viewer might have about the subject. The interviews with the aging original members mostly consist of overblown hero worship and a wistful recollection of their wilder youth. Filmed with MTV-style rapid cuts and quick camera movements with archival footage, it offers plenty of praise but doesn't go deep enough into the psyche of these dominating personalities. This is particularly evident in the case of Jay Adams, who apparently landed in jail for an undisclosed reason after refusing to sell out. His tributary segment suggests that he may have died, then he shows up on camera to offer some cryptic commentary which is screaming for an explanation. Also missing is any kind of critical angle or cultural analysis to supplement the simple presentation. Dogtown and Z-Boys is filled with excellent music from the era (Black Sabbath, T. Rex, Iggy Pop) and skating fans will be pleased to see all the stylish vintage footage of their favorite legends, but those looking for an in-depth documentary may be disappointed to be left with so many questions.
Entertainment Weekly
A dazzlingly crafted documentary. Owen Gleiberman
New York Times - Stephen Holden
As this taut, viscerally propulsive insider's history of the sport in its early years skids and leaps forward with a jaunty visual panache, it is impossible not to be seduced by its hard-edged vision of an endless teenage summer.
Washington Post
The rare and wondrous nonfiction film that transcends its subject to become a thing of beauty in itself, a slice of pop-cultural history that shimmers with life. Ann Hornaday

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Sony Pictures
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive sneak peek at the theatrical release of Lords of Dogtown; Two webisodes about Lords of Dogtown; Alternate ending; Director and editor commentary; Extended "Raw" skate footage

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Penn Narrator
Tony Alva Participant
Stacy Peralta Participant
Henry Rollins Participant
Jeff Ho Participant
Tony Hawk Participant
Zephyr Skateboard Team Participant
Jay Adams Participant
Bob Biniak Participant
Paul Constantineau Participant
Shogu Kubo Participant
Jim Muir Participant
Peggy Oki Participant
Nathan Pratt Participant
Wentzle Ruml Participant
Alan Sarlo Participant
Jeff Ament Participant
Skip Engblom Participant
Glen E. Friedman Participant
C.R. Stecyk Participant
Omar H. Crook Singer

Technical Credits
Stacy Peralta Director,Musical Direction/Supervision,Screenwriter
John Armstrong Camera Operator
Paul Atukin Cinematographer
Ozzie Ausband Consultant/advisor
Paul Crowder Editor
Ray Flores Consultant/advisor
Glen E. Friedman Co-producer
Scott Juergens Editor
Debra MacCulloch Associate Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hunter Mahers Camera Operator
Sohrab M. Modi Cinematographer
Stephen Nemeth Co-producer
John Nicoland Editor
Agi Orsi Producer
Daniel Ostroff Co-producer
Peter Pilafian Cinematographer
Marc Reiter Musical Direction/Supervision
Kevin Roberts Cinematographer
C.R. Stecyk Production Designer,Screenwriter
Christine Triano Associate Producer
Scott Weibel Editor
Terry Wilson Score Composer
Jay Wilson Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:22]
2. Dogtown [2:01]
3. Jeff Ho Surfboards [2:30]
4. Urban Graffiti Art [1:14]
5. The Zephyr Surf Team [1:02]
6. Pacific Ocean Park [2:35]
7. The Cove [3:32]
8. Aggresive Performance Ethic [2:37]
9. A Brief History [1:54]
10. Cadillac Wheels [2:19]
11. Super Session [:09]
12. Five School Environments [1:12]
13. Devotion to Style [1:16]
14. The Birth of Vertical [2:07]
15. Riding Swimming Pools [3:52]
16. Kings for a Day [2:36]
17. Capt. Hook & the Pirates [3:16]
18. The Del Mar Nationals [2:04]
19. Bought Out [:10]
20. The Dogtown Articles [2:01]
21. Paid to Skate [2:33]
22. Stacy Peralta [6:35]
23. Jay Adams [:04]
24. No Regrets [1:41]
25. Tony Alva [3:29]
26. The Dogbowl [2:03]
27. Final Thoughts [3:32]
28. Where Are They Now? [4:27]


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Dogtown And Z-Boys 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This documentary is beautiful. Combining original photographs and the stories told first hand, its the best way to learn a bit of history.
wild_style More than 1 year ago
If you have seen the movie Lords of Dogtown and think you know it all, do yourself a favor and watch this documentary. It tells the true story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you want to know the how's, the who's and the what happened this is the only movie you need to watch about skateboarding. You don't need to be a skater to enjoy this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best movie of all time. no other movies compare!5 complete stars