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Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Stacy Peralta

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About the Movie

Featuring Tony Hawk and directed by Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants), this is the personal story of how sheer talent, skill, passion and the belief that anything is possible transformed skateboarding from a fringe pastime to a thrilling action sport filled with extraordinary gravity defying feats as well as a global industry. The Bones Brigade is the team they formed that revolutionized not only their lives, but international pop culture as well.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Gradually becomes an echo chamber of personal dramas and exploits, not to mention propulsive soundtrack cues - all within a sport already nursing a penchant for self-documentation. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 1, 2012

Fresh: Skate culture remains in solid hands with filmmaker Stacy Peralta, who fashions his most personal doc on the sport-cum-lifestyle. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jan 25, 2012

Fresh: Like a high school reunion, filled with affectionate memories of an earlier, more innocent, time. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Nov 8, 2012

Fresh: Peralta's doc is a generous, tasty slice of skateboarding history. – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Solid documentary. Recalled a lot of great memories.

It was great to spend a few hours going back in time—reliving some of my earliest memories as a kid who finally was able to discover something that he was passionate about. Now that my boys are getting older, I feel a pull to introduce them to the sport that I loved. Even dragged out the old skate from the top shelf of the garage yesterday to show them (a Per Welinder, no less). A sincere thanks to Stacy and the BB crew for coming together and sharing your memories.

The Lifestyle I Daydream About

I hope that the movie is released beyond iTunes for this reason: my TV can connect to the usual sites that stream movies but without purchasing Apple TV, I was forced to watch my rental on a laptop. Other than that, I was a captive audience anyway. I had watched the Dogtown documentary several times and I really enjoy Stacy's style of film making. I can only daydream of a lifestyle filled with surfing, skating and making films. I represent a minority I suppose when I say that I bought the stickers and magazines but never stepped on a board other than to ski. I admired the bold, colorful graphics and imagery that sometimes had nothing to do with skating.

Childhood memories

This movie too me back to my childhood. Took me back to the first time I save every last penny I had for 6 months just to buy my first Tony Hawk board and all the parts and build it myself. I remember going to a bones brigade show in New Jersey and being in total awe of guys like caballero and Rodney Mullen. Skateboarding was one if those things that unless you did it and followed it, you didn't understand what it felt like to be a part of it. It truly was a fraternity back then built of people who enjoyed being different from everyone else. Truly, this is a movie that articulates what it was like to be a skater back in the 80s