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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

A really good documentary

This is a documentary about 6 of the most important/iconic skateboarders of the 80’s, and that industry has ever seen. Two of which were some of the greatest, most innovative skateboarders of all time. You see how the owners built the team, managed the team, the effects the team had on the industry, and the effects the industry (and other skaters) had on them. You see the story told by the skaters themselves, and the other skaters that loved them and hated them. If you grew up right in this time period, you will love this. If you didn’t, it’s worth the watch just to see what they went through to build what they did. Skateboarding means something different to every skater. That’s one of the things that makes it so special. It’s not just about rebellion, it’s about commitment. It’s a way of life, as well as a sport (now). This documentary shows that.

Stacy Peralta wil always deliver

Those boys really knew how to gleam that cube.

To: Nicolas Rapold, New York Times Review

Stop with the fancy words and watch it again. You'll find a lot of deep and meaningful things if you get out of your own way my friend. Personal drama is what makes a documentary great. Especially these guys. These skaters didn't just happen to turn 40 and then all of a sudden there was a documentary 30 years after they started. It's a documentary about a movement and a revolution in a sport that was just kinda sitting there. These kids understand that word right, invented? They invented tricks and pioneered what IS skateboarding today and what will always be the blueprint for the sport. You didn't see the place where these adults are actually sad that it had to end sometime?
When everything in this world is sudden and right at our finger tips, I think we as a human race forget how to slow down and see where we're going or where we've come from. This doc makes us do that...I'm proud of this film. This era shaped me. And I will always remember that. That's what this doc is about. Holding onto something when there WAS nothing else.