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Skateboard (Ws)

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Actors: Tony Alva, Allen Garfield, Leif Garrett, Richard Van der Wyk, Kathleen Lloyd
  • Directors: George Gage
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JHXS7I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Skateboard (Ws)" on IMDb

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These aren't actors, these are real skater kids, so yes, the acting isn't always top notch, but that's why they hired Leif Garrett. The main actor, David Bloom, is cracking me up with his avoidance of the ex wife trying to collect her alimony and his beat up car. It's actually in a similar vein with washed up main character/actor films like Bad News Bears, Tootsie and Swingers - but an even lower budget than Swingers. The camera work is uneven at times, but the skateboard stunts are cool. And Leif Garrett as a skate rat is somehow really amusing - impressively, he did some of his own stunts - it was that low of a budget.. And I'm sure this film somehow led up to the true teen classics of the 1980s. And yes, there was most certainly billboarding of brands. One of the kids wearing his Nike sneakers, Pepsi gets a mention, and there was a sign for Wham-o Frisbee which was a popular SC brand of toys - etc, etc. And it was pretty funny that the guy said something about a joint music.skateboarding tour - isn't that what Vans is all about now? If you want a movie that gives more love to the 70s, check out The Runaways or Spirit of 76. It's interesting to see a time before skaters had a local park hangout, and they were sneaking into empty pools.
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I purchased this at my local by-the-pound Goodwill "Bins" outlet. There were a probably 100+ VHS videos but this was the only good one. It was underneath several hundred books at least. My copy has a white clamshell case, the cover insert is a 9x11" thick piece of paper, different than the picture on here. It's a very clear copy. No problem with the sound and the movie itself is on par with a regular DVD. Really nice find because I thought being so old it must have been a rental played a thousand+ times!

The date on the video cassette is written in Roman numerals, I thought it was 1987 but it's actually 1977! The birth of punk rock! The film is by Vista and Universal. It should be out on DVD/Blu Ray now since it's in Uiversal's catalog but for some reason it's not. It's a pretty good film so I don't know why Universal wouldn't release it.

Not a bad movie. The story isn't exceptional but it's very believeable and the skateboarding tricks are pretty nice to watch. I've never been into skateboarding but I believe some of the basic tricks in the film may date back to the 1950's. Tony Alva still skates today which is neat and I know Leif for better or worse from those home video shows on Tru TV with Danny Bonaduce, Tonya Harding.

Pick this up if you can get it for $2-3 dollars. It's not a great 1970's exploitation film, bottom of the rank as far as that goes if you're judging against true classic but it's something different and skateboard people or folks who like random 1970's pictures they've never heard of or do not know would probably enjoy it. Probably not many skateboarding films from this period so grab it if you see it. It made me laugh and smile and the acting is pretty good. If I was a kid and had gone to this movie I know I would have liked it!
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In my quest to find unusual cult and camp movies from years gone by I stumbled on this gem capitalizing on the then-rising fad of skateboarding and Leif Garrett's blossoming teen-idol career, and it is a hilarious if painful mixed-genre low-budget monstrosity that could have only been made in the 1970's. The story involves lots of hormonally explosive teens who form a skateboarding team to save unlikely leading man Manny Bloom (Allen Garfield) from death at the hands of mobster bookie Sol (Anthony Carbone.) A side note: for those of you who are familiar with "The Mighty Boosh," Garfield has an uncanny resemblance to the character of Bob Fossil, especially during the outdoor dining scene with his hair blown asunder. This thought gave me no end of amusement.

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.
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Skateboard The Movie is a great look at the late 70's skateboard craze. The movie is shot in a raw style with real professional skaters mixed into the cast of actors. Just like the Bad News Bears before it, Skateboard features a group of kids touring around hitting skate contests and trying to make a name for themselves. It's a lighthearted movie that's fairly safe for family viewing and it features some great retro music, California settings, classic tricks and superfly 70's clothing. Definately worth a watch if you've ever been into the skate scene.
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