• Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003)

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Release Date: 2003

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2004

R|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
This documentary film explores the life of former skateboarding pro Mark "Gator" Rogowski, who, in 1991, was sentenced to 31 years in jail after raping and murdering a female acquaintance. Filmmaker Helen Stickler chronicles Rogowski's tragic journey from cool, confident skateboarding icon to convicted murderer. His struggles with alcoholism and depression are also explored, and skate legends such as Tony Hawk and Stacy Peralta offer first-hand accounts of their experiences with Rogowski.

Director: Helen Stickler

Genres: Documentary

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  • With its compelling central character and colorful milieu, the film comes across as a combination of Greek tragedy and "Behind the Music." show more

  • Stoked supplies a unique perspective on the hazards of rock-star fame that went with the sport's explosion for a band of rebels who didn't see it coming -- or going. show more

  • Rogowski's transition from youth-culture poster boy to murderer demands deeper analysis. show more

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