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Blu-ray Review - Skateboard


1978's "Skateboard" (a.k.a. "Skateboard: The Movie") is a production trying to capitalize on a trend. The world of skateboarding is explored here, with co-writer/director George Gage bringing viewers to Los Angeles, where the kids are showing off their moves on four wheels, while a desperate man with an enormous debt hopes to exploit such talent for his own financial gain. "Skateboard" is a quickie production, offering a threadbare plot and sketchily drawn characters, but it's not meant to be much more than a showcase for the sport, captured here during its 1970s heyday, with subculture superstar Tony Alva claiming a supporting role. Skateboarding footage is key here, adding a sense of excitement and showmanship to the endeavor, which noticeably struggles with anything that isn't about following sporting accomplishments. It's not the most electric offering of drama, with Gage and co-writer Richard A. Wolf (the future king of television, Dick Wolf, making his professional debut) struggling to pour some foundation for a feature that's best with pure physical activity. Read the rest at


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