• Lords of Dogtown (2005)

Lords of Dogtown

Release Date: June 3rd, 2005

DVD Release Date: September 27th, 2005

PG-13 |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

A drought in 1970s Southern California has an unexpected side effect: as people empty their swimming pools, a group of teen surfers from the Dogtown area of Venice Beach move in with skateboards, and a new sport is born. Based on a true story, this film follows "Z-Boys" skate team members Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), plus manager Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger), as their fearless "pool surfing" leads to fame, fortune -- and misfortune.

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Michael Angarano, Nikki Reed, Heath Ledger, Rebecca De Mornay, Johnny Knoxville

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Indelible Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Tristar, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Offbeat, Rivalry, Mother, Cool, 1970s, Friend, Growing up, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Takes a surprisingly gritty approach that gives the material some gravitas but also robs it of some of its fun. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Hardwicke whips up a frenzy of crazy-cool board action, with Alva choreographing the stunts. Even when the slippery-slope-of-success cliches halt the film's momentum, the ready-to-rock actors rev it up again. show more

  • 75
    Peter HartlaubSan Francisco Chronicle

    Peralta uses the creative liberties of fiction to focus on the one thing he couldn't convey in his historical record -- the sense of tribalism among skateboarders, who live by a code that most law-abiding citizens misunderstand for hooliganism. show more

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