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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.

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Stacy Peralta
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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They came from nothing to change everything. See more »

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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 »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les seigneurs de Dogtown See more »

Filming Locations:

Imperial Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,623,373, 5 June 2005

Gross USA:

$11,008,432
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stacy Peralta: The real Stacy Peralta plays the director of the Charlie's Angels (1976) episode during the montage of the boys rising to fame. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence of the Boyz making their way to the beach, Jay goes from bare feet, to white slip on shoes, to bare feet again. See more »

Quotes

Chino: Wear em with pride, man!
Jay: [nasally, mocking tone] Yeah, wear em with pride, man!
Chino: [grabs jay's shirt] Or we'll rip them off your bony little backs! You understand?
Jay: [scared look] Yeah...
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sidewalk Surfin'
Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian
Performed by Jan & Dean (as Jan and Dean)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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It's about the Z-Boys.
13 May 2005 | by RutegardSee all my reviews

Because I work with Swedish subtitles I had the chance to see this movie a while ago. I liked it. Lords of Dogtown has a great cast such as Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, Johnny Knoxville and Rebecca De Mornay among others.

In the mid 1970's, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as "Dogtown" in Venice, California pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean Park pier, the Z-Boys, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and became overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-Boys paved the way to what is now referred to as "extreme sports," and created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon. But all of this fame would take its toll on the friendships that they thought would last a lifetime as the sport that started out as an afternoon hobby turned into big business.

Everyone was good, especially Heath Legder. He stars as Skip, the Z-Boys' party-animal ringleader whose money-hungry ways tear the boys apart. The director Catherine Hardwicke was not the first in mind of making this movie, she took over after David Fincher decided to leave the project for another feature. She did a great job creating the life among skateboarders, surfers and party animals in the 70's California. It's about the Z-Boys. They made skateboarding an art form, infusing it with the death-defying grace of surfing. I think this movie is worth a 7/10.


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