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(Jul 27, 2010)
This cult classic 1978 skateboarding film is the story of down-on-his-luck Hollywood agent Manny (Allen Garfield, MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED, THE CONVERSATION) who finds himself in deep trouble with a powerful bookie. Manny has to quickly come up with the large amount of cash he owes the bookie or face certain death! To make a fast buck, Manny creates a team of exceptionally talented, but rag-tag skateboarding kids (including 70's teen idol Leif Garrett, and original Z-boy and world's first skateboarding champion Tony Alva) in the hopes that it can help pay off his debt.
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It took a few weeks to arrive and as soon as I got it, I went straight home, sat my boys down, and watched it! It brings back memories of when a skateboard park WAS a skateboard park! A lot of the footage was filmed where I used to live in the valley of southern California. Skatercross where they did some filming, was located in Reseda which was right by Canoga Park where I lived. I never had the chance to go skate there because we left the valley but I did go there and check it out from the outside. I really miss that place! I am going to try to put this movie on DVD and eventually on my computer to preserve it! VHS tapes don't last too long. I was suprised this one lasted as long as it did! Thanks!
The team of skateboarders Bloom assembles are quite the ragtag bunch, fronted by genuine skateboarding legend Tony Alva as Tony Bluetile. Obviously Garrett (as Brad Harris) as the teen heartthrob is front and center, and given the material acquits himself perfectly adequately. In the commentary Alva revealed that Garrett learned to skate for the film, and in that regard, particularly given the focus on his character, I thought he was better than expected. Of course the film has ridiculous drama, even more ridiculous romance, a multi-colored school bus full of kids (where have I seen that before?), and a life or death conclusion where Sol commands Bloom to have Harris to take a dive. When Bloom refuses out of respect for his skateboarders (!) he knows that if Leif doesn't cinch the one mile downhill race he is a dead man. I won't spoil the fun of watching it for yourself to discover how it ends up.
The film is an odd little production featuring guest stars like Gordon Jump (WKRP's Arthur Carlson) as Leif's father, and from the really weird department, Orson Bean as himself. I also recommend watching the closing credits carefully for some humorous credits (if you can stand the incessant 1970's soundtrack.) Most amusingly to me was the Public Service Announcement at the very end of the film claiming that these stunts are extremely dangerous and not to try them without proper gear, etc. The DVD is much more ornate that you would expect as it has a commentary track with director George Gage and Tony Alva, which is modestly interesting (there's even a very brief lesson on the irrigation of Phoenix courtesy of Alva!) There are also additional interviews with George Gage and Tony Alva. (I found Alva to be more interesting.) The original theatrical trailer is also included, and it is hilarious in an overblown 1970's way.
"Skateboard" is not a good movie in the conventional sense, but it is entertaining as a camp classic. For those into skateboarding, 1970's culture, or B-movies this is a little-known gem of eye-rolling quality.