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Lords of Dogtown is a 2005 biographical film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, written by Stacy Peralta. The film is based on the story of "The Z-Boys", an influential group of skateboarders who revolutionized the sport. The movie is dedicated to the memory of comedian Mitch Hedberg, who appears in the movie but died before the film was released. This was also the first film to be released by both TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures which are both trademark by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film was originally to be released by 20th Century Fox; however, the film was eventually sent to Sony instead.
The film has a close relationship with Thrashin', the 1986 original skateboarding cult classic, directed by David Winters, where Catherine Hardwicke began her career in motion pictures as a production designer and had a chance to work with many famous skaters including the real Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero.
Set in the Dogtown area of Venice Beach in the early 1970s, surfers Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) enjoy the life of skating and surfing the pier with board designer Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger)...