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Lords of Dogtown - Heath Ledger Skateboarding Movie

The movie "Lords of Dogtown" was released in 2005 and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, with the script written by Stacy Peralta. The movie was shot using a mix of actors, professional skateboarders, and real-life stunts. 

It is the first and only co-production by Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures. Dogtown is an area located on the California coastline, south of Santa Monica, Ocean Park, and Venice. Tony Alva explains that the name "Dogtown" refers to the doggy dog attitude that everyone in the neighborhood had. Peralta adds that it was not a typical vacation spot, but rather surf gang territory where people with no future dominated the area. With the drought in California in the 1970s and the introduction of urethane wheels, skateboarders started to ride in empty private swimming pools. 

This new sport was created by rebellious urban teenagers and eventually brought fame, money, and stardom to some of them. Pacific Ocean Park Pier became an abandoned playground for outlaws, and "Lords of Dogtown" tried to balance Hollywood's commercial vision with the sport's independent-style, adrenaline-fueled video imagery. The movie portrays an important period in skateboarding history and received both criticism and praise. 

Heath Ledger played the role of Skip Engblom in the 2005 film Lords of Dogtown. The movie is based on the true story of the Z-Boys, a group of skateboarders from Santa Monica who revolutionized the sport in the 1970s.

Check out the movie trailer below:

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