• Publication date: January 27, 2011

The boys who came from nothing changed everything Lords of Dogtown: Based on the true story of the legendary Z-boys

Lords of Dogtown is a movie based on a true story that follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.

In the early '70s, skateboards were seen as a fad of the 1960s that had all but died out, but in a rough-and-tumble community known as "Dogtown," that was about to change.

Lords of Dogtown is a movie based on a true story that follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.

In the early '70s, skateboards were seen as a fad of the 1960s that had all but died out, but in a rough-and-tumble community known as "Dogtown," that was about to change.

Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) were three guys who liked to surf the rugged beaches around Venice and hung out at the Zephyr Surf Shop, a store run by Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger) that stocked gear for adventurous surfers and skateboarders.

With the creation of new urethane wheels that connected with concrete in a way old metal and rubber wheels could not, Tony, Stacy and Jay began exploring ways to translate radical surf style to skateboarding, and the guys invented a new way to skate inside the smooth, round surfaces of empty pools, employing vertical moves and edge flips that added a new and dramatic spin to skating.

It didn't take long for word to spread about the wild new style of the Z-Boys, and they quickly became local celebrities, and later nationwide skating stars, although kit didn�t take long for the sudden fame took to take its toll on the young men.

Heath Ledger won Actor of the Year for his role in the film at the Central Ohio Film Critics Association

Showing on:

Year: 2005

Duration: 107 mins

Genre: Biography/Drama

Cast:

Emile Hirsch - Jay

Victor Rasuk - Tony Alva

Rebecca De Mornay - Philaine

Heath Ledger - Skip

Director:

Catherine Hardwicke