Waiting For Lightning (2012)



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WAITING FOR LIGHTNING is the story of Danny Way, the skateboarder whose dream was to jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard. It's a film about how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the challenges life presents, and how high and far dreams can fly. In his quest for greatness, Way continues to shape the very sport which helped save his own life. (c) Samuel Goldwyn
PG-13 (for dangerous sports action, some language and thematic material involving drugs and alcohol)
Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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Danny Way
as Danny Way
Travis Pastrana
as Travis Pastrana
Laird Hamilton
as Laird Hamilton
Rodney Mullen
as Rodney Mullen
Mat Hoffman
as Mat Hoffman
Ken Block
as Ken Block
Rob Dyrdek
as Rob Dyrdek
Tony Hawk
as Tony Hawk
Bod Boyle
as Bod Boyle
Ty Evans
as Ty Evans
Darryl Franklin
as Darryl Franklin
Matthew Hensley
as Matthew Hensley
Christian Hosoi
as Christian Hosoi
Greg Hunt
as Greg Hunt
Tony Magnusson
as Tony Magnusson
Mary Gail Frawley O'Dea
as Mary Gail Frawley O'Dea
Damon Way
as Damon Way
Bucky Lasek
as Bucky Lasek
Guy Mariano
as Guy Mariano
Alphonzo Rawls
as Alphonzo Rawls
Todd Richards
as Todd Richards
Jordan Richter
as Jordan Richter
Grant Romagnoli
as Danny Way, Age 2
Julian Haggart
as Danny Way, Age 3
Dondillon Rohrer
as Danny Way, Age 7
Crystal Ackley
as Mary O'Dea, age 28
Miles Michaud
as Boyfriend
Bob Burnquist
as Bob Burnquist
Mike Blabac
as Mike Blabac
Grant Brittain
as Grant Brittain
Tommy Caudill
as Tommy Caudill
Paul Chek
as Paul Chek
Adrian Demain
as Adrian Demain
Steve Douglas
as Steve Douglas
Bobby Goodsby
as Bobby Goodsby
Brian Harper
as Brian Harper
Ray Ibe
as Ray Ibe
Jeremy McGrath
as Jeremy McGrath
Colin McKay
as Colin McKay
Jim O'Dea
as Jim O'Dea
Paul Rodriguez Jr.
as Paul Rodriguez Jr.
Jim Ruonala
as Jim Ruonala
John Schultes
as John Schultes
Dave Swift
as Dave Swift
John "JT" Tyson
as John "JT" Tyson
Gale Webb
as Gale Webb
Kelly Byrd
as Kelly Byrd
Mike Carroll
as Mike Carroll
Rick Howard
as Rick Howard
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Critic Reviews for Waiting For Lightning

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

Little more than an extended piece of lifestyle merchandising, a long montage for monitors in sporting-goods shops.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The person we want most to hear from, Way himself, is largely missing. Go figure.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Only for the converted.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's enjoyable enough, but how much you like it will depend on how much you like skateboarding and extreme sports.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

IIf it's a god on a skateboard you want, a god on a skateboard you'll get in this hagiography ...

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Colorful folks and cool stunts abound, but casual viewers may still utter a big "Why?"

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Waiting For Lightning

An inspiring and awesome documentary of Danny Way's life, but told more by those who helped him achieve his goals, instead of himself. There were some moments that were literally jaw-dropping. Danny's drive and motivation makes him an invincible skating God.

Cynthia C
Cynthia C

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