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Skateboard (1978)

PG | | Drama, Sport | February 1978 (USA)
A Hollywood agent finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. To make a fast buck, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race. If they win, they will get $20,000.

Director:

George Gage

Writers:

Dick Wolf (screenplay) (as Richard A. Wolf), George Gage (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allen Garfield ... Manny Bloom
Kathleen Lloyd ... Millicent Broderick
Leif Garrett ... Brad Harris
Richard Van der Wyk Richard Van der Wyk ... Jason Maddox
Tony Alva ... Tony Bluetile
Steve Monahan Steve Monahan ... Peter Steffens
David Hyde David Hyde ... Dennis
Ellen O'Neal ... Jenny Bradshaw
Pam Kenneally Pam Kenneally ... Randi
Antony Carbone ... Sol
Sylvester Words Sylvester Words ... Sol's Henchman
Gordon Jump ... Mr. Harris
Patricia Hitchcock ... Mrs. Harris (as Pat Hitchcock)
Orson Bean ... Himself
Joe Bratcher Joe Bratcher ... Vito
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Storyline

A Hollywood agent finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. To make a fast buck, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race. If they win, they will get $20,000.

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team | debt | van | travel | teenager | See All (13) »

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Love, laughter, good guys, bad guys and America's greatest skateboarders. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skateboard: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,318,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,318,823
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Production Co:

Blum Group See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leif Garrett did all but one of his own stunts. See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Rider
Lyrics by Richard Sarstedt
Music by Mark Snow
Performed by Dr. John
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Skateboarding cash cow
6 January 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The phenomenon of skateboarding which blossomed in the 70s gets a look in this G rated film about a down and out promoter who sees a bunch of kids doing their skateboard thing and turns them into a team. Allen Garfield stars as the promoter who gets to like the kids no matter how much he first sees them as just a cash cow.

Garfield's probably a decent enough guy under ordinary circumstances and considering what he does for a living. But these times aren't ordinary, Garfield is into Anthony Carbone for some bucks and then borrows some bigger bucks to promote the team. The leg breakers will be paying him a call if he doesn't succeed.

Which explains the pressures he puts on the kids to win although they don't understand it. Neither does Kathleen Lloyd, team nurse and guardian and all around confidante to Garfield though he levels with her.

Leif Garrett who was on the cusp of bubblegum stardom plays one of the kids and Garfield's eventual savior. The rest of the players are skateboarders first and barely handled the dialog.

Still it's skateboarding and Leif Garrett that people paid to see and Skateboard gives them their money's worth.


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