Dogtown and Z-Boys

Starring: Sean Penn, Tony Hawk, Craig Stecyk, Henry Rollins, Stacy Peralta, Nathan Pratt, Peggy Oki, Jim Muir, Ian MacKaye, Shogo Kubo

Release Date: April 26th, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

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Synopsis: Skateboarding has crossed over into the mainstream population due in large part to a group of teenagers who formed a group known as the Zephyr Team (aka Z-Boys) in an area of Santa Monica called Dogtown. They surfed in the morning and skated in the afternoon, creating an edgy and dangerous style all their own. Desperate to ride, they used guerrilla tactics such as illegally skating in abandoned swimming pools in upscale Los Angeles neighborhoods. But by the mid-'70s, the skateboard phenomenon had caught on, and a few of the Z-Boys were scooped up by corporate sponsors and offered large sums of money to skate on their behalf. This elevated them from freewheeling street punks to celebrity skaters; they traveled the world, showing off their cutting-edge moves. Stacy Peralta, one of the original Z-Boys and the director of this film, reunites the original Dogtown crew 25 years later to tell their story.