The 1978 Movie Classic "Skateboard" is Back!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Get ready!  For those of you that remember this classic skateboard movie (that a lot of our friends were in), to the younger generation that wants to see rare older footage and the first movie starring numerous pro skaters, the 1978 movie, SKATEBOARD  will be back out on DVD Aug. 27, 2019 from MVD Entertainment Group.

The footage includes highlights, with cutting edge tricks, ramps and barrel jumping, all supplying the inspiration to the young folks of the day for what they would have liked to fill up their time doing as the skateboard craze really took hold.

Special features include:

~ audio commentary with director George Gage and skateboard legend Tony Alva
 ~  an on camera interview with Alva
the original theatrical trailer
~  and a photo gallery of lobby cards.

The premise of the movie was this: A sleazy Hollywood agent with gambling debts has to come up with cash fast. He organizes a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders to enter them in a major skateboarding competition, in spite of opposition from a dangerous gangster. If they win, they get $20,000 and the bookie leaves him alone.

Manny Bloom (Allen Garfield) is a small-time theatrical agent who has fallen on hard times. His troubles include not having the cash to pay alimony to his ex-wife, and even more pressing, his bookie is asking for more money from him, so what could save his skin? Naturally, a team of local skateboarders.

Making up this team, are a collection of skilled skateboarders including teen star Leif Garrett, who did all his own stunts on this, plus a number of boarders from the famous Zephyr skate crew. Backing him up is Millicent a female nurse and mother figure to accompany the team as they drive around the state putting on shows and entering competitions.

** If you don't know who Leif Garrett is, ask your mom - she'll fill you in.

Ellen O'Neal

While Tony Alva and Ellen O'Neal play major characters in the film, you will want to watch closely to spot these female skaters from the '70s playing themselves in competition scenes - Ellen Berryman, Edie Robertson, Laura Thornhill, Robin Logan, & Rebecca Williams.  

The film features so many legendary 70's skateboarders - here's a list:

Tony Alva
Jay Adams
Ellen Berryman
Bob Biniak
Rene Carrasco
Steve Cathy
Craig Chaquico
Paul Constantineau
Russ Gosnell
Clyde Grimes
David Hackett
Curtis Hasselgrave
John Hughes
Tom "Wally" Inouye
Bob Jarvis
Shogo Kubo
Brad Logan
Bruce Logan
Robin Logan
Bob Madrigal
Chad McQueen
Jim Muir
Ed Nadalin
Layne Oaks
Bob Piercy
Andy Pryciak
Edie Robertson
Tom Sims
Lance Smith
Laura Thornhill
Danny Trailer
Mike Williams
Rebecca Williams
Chris Yandell

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