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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003)



Critic Consensus: The harder they come, the harder they fall -- this film shows, in raw, gripping detail, that even skater dudes can't resist the life of the rich and famous. It's more poignant than hard-core, and gives us a portrait of a life run over by the whims of the entertainment industry.

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The aggressive style of Mark "Gator" Rogowski (a.k.a. Gator Mark Anthony)--his unpredictable lines, and outrageous personal antics--made him a favorite on the 80's pro skateboarding circuit, and for years he rode a career wave of fame, wealth, and world travel. At the end of the decade Gator found himself with personal and career troubles, and tried to reinvent himself with a name change, new sponsor, born-again Christianity, and a split from his longtime girlfriend. No one knew how bad his mental state had slipped, until in the spring of 1991, when--at the age of 24--he confessed to the murder of a 20-year old girl known well by many in the skateboard scene. Gator is now serving 31 to life in prison for rape and murder. This chronicle is the result of six years of persistence and investigation, the film is really about how the commercialization of a once authentic youth culture curdled the fortunes--and psyche--of its first golden boy.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Sports & Fitness
Directed By:
Written By: Helen Stickler
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On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (23)

It's fascinating to see the process by which skateboarding, in all its concrete grittiness, was transformed into a mainstream activity of consumer cool.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Thoroughly compelling documentary.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Toronto Star
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The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Globe and Mail
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Offers a fascinating look into the skater's tumble from grace, as well as chronicling the renaissance of his rebel sport.

November 6, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Even when sketched in broad terms, Rogowski's downward spiral makes for compelling viewing, and to her credit, director Stickler never romanticizes her subject.

Full Review… | October 9, 2003
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator


Gator the rise and fall of Gator is just one of those documentaries that even if you arent into the subject matter will keep your fall attention from the first shot to the last this documentary follows the story of 80's vert skater Mark *gator* Rogowski who let fame and drugs spiral his life out of control untill the fateful day when he was convicted of murdering his a girl he knew of course as with most documentary's ull see interviews by the people that knew him and stuff from gator himself really worth a watch

ken j

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The synopsis says it all: The rise and fall of 80's vert skateboard legend Mark 'Gator' Rogowski.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

Helen Stickler's brilliantly directed documentary on legendary vert ramp skater Mark "Gator" Rogowski whose rise to fame came crashing down after being convicted of the brutal murder of his girlfriend. I grew up in that part of North San Diego in the early to late 80's, so this film's skate footage and locales brought back memories for me of the places we roamed and people we idolized. Great sleeper film that I believe is comparable to Peralta's masterpiece Dogtown and the Z-Boys but 80's style.

Curtis Reynolds

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