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"The birth of extreme"
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It was a time before the advent of polyurethane wheels. In the 1970's, back when kids rode skateboards with wheels of metal and clay something big happened. Somewhere, south of Santa Monica in southern California, an outdoor sport considered long obsolete by the kids of that generation was resurrected by the Z-boys. Skateboarding or "sidewalk surfing" as the Beach Boys put it, was in the earliest stages of becoming a worldwide sensation. 'Dogtown and Z-Boys' is a documentary film following the true-life experiences of those innovative young skaters and surfer dudes who created a new sport, and a lifestyle. 'Dogtown and Z-Boys' chronicles the lives of the young men (and the few girls) from the neighborhood known as "Dogtown" who developed the radical skating moves that made the Zephyr skateboard team newsworthy.

This film was directed by Stacy Peralta, one of the original Z-boys. His point of view drives the narrative. Most of the cast in this film consists of members of the original team, and a great deal of film footage originally shot by the followers of the Zephyr team at the time take up much of what is on the film's reels. Narrated by Sean Penn, this movie includes many interviews with the people who were most responsible for making skate boarding and other extreme sports inspired by it.

Very important to this documentary are the references to the origins of empty pool skating. During the time before the boys formally united as a team under the Zephyr corporate banner, they would sneak into the backyards of neighbors to ride the smooth bottoms of their empty in-ground swimming pools. At the time, California was gripped in a severe water shortage, and most backyard pools were dry and unused. Today, anyone who participates in any kind of "extreme" sports including skating, snowboarding, or cycling owes the original Z-boys a debt of gratitude for the vertical lift maneuvers they invented.

PG-13
| 2001 | 1 hr 31 min | 7.7/10 | 76/100
Cast
Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Jeff Ament
Director
Stacy Peralta
Produced By
Agi Orsi
Language
English
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