Thrashin' (1986)

PG-13 | 92 mins | Drama | 27 August 1986

Director:

David Winters

Producer:

Alan Sacks

Cinematographer:

Chuck Colwell

Production Designer:

Katheryn Hardwick

Production Company:

Fries Entertainment
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HISTORY

The 24 Feb 1986 HR announced Thrashin’ as the first film to be released by Fries Entertainment, Incorporated (FEI). The company screened a thirty-minute promotional reel at film markets in Milan, Italy, and planned to screen the completed picture at the Cannes Film Festival. On 25 Aug 1986, DV reported that the film’s premiere was attended by 300 skateboarders.
       A 18 Oct 1985 LA Weekly article stated that producer Alan Sacks intended to title the picture Thrasher, after the San Francisco, CA-based magazine devoted to skateboarding, but was unable to get permission to use the name. A 14 May 1986 Var review explained the term “thrashin’” as teenage slang describing “an aggressive style of skateboard riding.” The article compared the plot to West Side Story (1961, see entry), which featured director David Winters among the cast.
       According to the LA Weekly article, a climactic downhill race filmed on Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu, CA, proved to be more dangerous than planned. During the shoot, fifteen veteran skateboarders reached speeds of 40 mph, and were hospitalized for the resulting injuries. Seven required extended stays. It was also noted that the teenagers who formed the fictitious “Daggers” skateboarding team were “all real skaters.”
       End credits state: “Warning: Much of the action depicted in the motion picture Thrashin’ is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the skaters are experienced experts or professional skaters performing under controlled circumstances. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. The Producers.”
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The 24 Feb 1986 HR announced Thrashin’ as the first film to be released by Fries Entertainment, Incorporated (FEI). The company screened a thirty-minute promotional reel at film markets in Milan, Italy, and planned to screen the completed picture at the Cannes Film Festival. On 25 Aug 1986, DV reported that the film’s premiere was attended by 300 skateboarders.
       A 18 Oct 1985 LA Weekly article stated that producer Alan Sacks intended to title the picture Thrasher, after the San Francisco, CA-based magazine devoted to skateboarding, but was unable to get permission to use the name. A 14 May 1986 Var review explained the term “thrashin’” as teenage slang describing “an aggressive style of skateboard riding.” The article compared the plot to West Side Story (1961, see entry), which featured director David Winters among the cast.
       According to the LA Weekly article, a climactic downhill race filmed on Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu, CA, proved to be more dangerous than planned. During the shoot, fifteen veteran skateboarders reached speeds of 40 mph, and were hospitalized for the resulting injuries. Seven required extended stays. It was also noted that the teenagers who formed the fictitious “Daggers” skateboarding team were “all real skaters.”
       End credits state: “Warning: Much of the action depicted in the motion picture Thrashin’ is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the skaters are experienced experts or professional skaters performing under controlled circumstances. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. The Producers.”
       The name of sound recordist Al Ramirez is misspelled onscreen as "Rameriz."
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 1986
p. 53.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 1986
p. 3, 26.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 1986.
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LA Weekly
18 Oct 1985
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Los Angeles Times
27 Aug 1986
p. 3.
Variety
14 May 1986
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
An Alan Sacks Production
A David Winters Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir, Addl skating seqs
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
3d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy
Best boy
Elec
Key grip
Dolly grip
Co. grip
Still photog
2d unit cam
1st ass cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Const supv
Scenic artist
Addl artist
Addl artist
COSTUMES
Costumer
Asst costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus supv and soundtrack coord
Mus supv and soundtrack coord
Score prod
Score prod
Engineered by
SOUND
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Electronic sd eff
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Title des
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist, Hairstylist
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Dagger hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
Scr supv
Skateboard tech adv
Skate wrangler
Skate wrangler
Skate wrangler
Transportation coord
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver/Paramedic
Honey wagon driver
Prod controller
Accountant
Police liaison
Loc mgr
Studio teacher
Asst to prod
Prod secy
Prod secy
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Product placement by
STAND INS
Corey, Skating stunt double
Corey, Skating stunt double
Corey, Skating stunt double
Corey, Skating stunt double
Tommy Hook, Skating stunt double
Tommy Hook, Skating stunt double
Radley, Skating stunt double
Bozo & Tyler, Skating stunt double
Little Stevie, Skating stunt double
Skate announcer, Skating stunt double
Utility Dagger atmosphere, Skating stunt double
Utility Dagger atmosphere, Skating stunt double
Utility Dagger atmosphere, Skating stunt double
Utility Dagger atmosphere, Skating stunt double
Utility Dagger atmosphere, Skating stunt double
Utility Ramp Locals atmosphere, Skating stunt doub
Utility Ramp Locals atmosphere, Skating stunt doub
Utility Ramp Locals atmosphere, Skating stunt doub
Daggerette, Skating stunt double
Daggerette, Skating stunt double
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Lab timer
SOURCES
SONGS
“Thrashin’,” performed by Meat Loaf, written by Larry Lee, Alan Sacks, Jodi Sacks-Micheli
“That’s Good,” performed by Devo, written by Gerald Casale & Alan and Mark Mothersbaugh, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
“Tequila,” written by Chuck Rio, published by J. A. T. Music
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SONGS
“Thrashin’,” performed by Meat Loaf, written by Larry Lee, Alan Sacks, Jodi Sacks-Micheli
“That’s Good,” performed by Devo, written by Gerald Casale & Alan and Mark Mothersbaugh, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
“Tequila,” written by Chuck Rio, published by J. A. T. Music
“Arrow Through My Heart,” performed by Jimmy Demers, written by Mike Piccirillo and Gary Geotzman, produced by Mike Piccirillo
“Want You,” performed by The Bangles, written by Vicki Peterson, courtesy of A&M/IRS Records
“Black Eyed Blonde,” performed by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, written by Anthony Kiedis & Michael Balzary & Cliff Martinez, courtesy of E.M. I. Records
“Don’t Think Twice,” performed by France Joli, written by Britta Phillips, Ned Liebman, Derek Meade, produced by Mike Piccirillo, Gary Geotzman
“Touch The Sky,” performed by White Sister, written by Bernie Shannahan, produced by Mike Piccirillo
“Dancin’ In Jamaica,” performed by The Tribe, written by Gary Geotzman & Mike Piccirillo, produced by Mike Piccirillo and Gary Geotzman
“Playground,” performed by The Truth, written by Dennis Greaves and Michael Lister, courtesy of IRS Records
“Hey,” performed by Fear, written by Lee Ving, courtesy of Fear/Restless Records
“Maniac,” performed by The Screaming Sirens, written by Rosie Flores, courtesy of Enigma Records
“Let The Love Begin,” performed by Jimmy Demers and Carol Sue Hill, written by Gloria Sklerov and Lenny Macaluso, produced by Gloria Sklerov and Lenny Macaluso
“Wild In The Streets,” performed by The Circle Jerks, written by Garland Jeffreys
“Burnin’ (For You),” performed by Rebel Faction, written by T. Quinn and L. Hester, produced by Larry Lee
“Staring Down The Demons,” performed by Animotion, written by Don Kirkpatrick and Randy Sharp, courtesy of Polygram
“Couldn’t Care More,” performed by The Fine Young Cannibals, written by David Steele and Roland Gift, courtesy of IRS Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
27 August 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 August 1986
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Skateboarder Corey Webster reads his mother’s notes of encouragement before departing to train with friends at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, for the upcoming L.A. Downhill skateboarding competition. Upon arriving, Corey’s friend, Tyler, gives him lodging in a camper van. Soon, Corey and his fellow skateboarders, “The Ramp Locals”--Tyler, Radley, and Bozo--build a training ramp. Corey is the first to try it, and gives the course his approval. At the beach, the Daggers skateboard club and its leader, Tommy Hook, attempt to intimidate Corey and his friends. Corey fearlessly rides the Daggers’ ramp while Tommy examines his technique. As a crowd gathers, Tommy’s sister, Chrissy, shares a mutual attraction with Corey. Later, at a skaters’ dance, Corey and Chrissy separate from the crowd and go for a walk outside. She is visiting from Indiana and finds the skateboarding scene very different from what she knows. She also reveals that Tommy is her brother. Corey gives her a lesson on his skateboard, but she surprises him with her advanced skills. He informs her that he is training for the L.A. Downhill race, and plans to compete against Tommy. When Chrissy returns home the next morning, Tommy is angry to learn that she was with Corey instead of one of his Dagger friends. At a competition, Corey is injured after a competitor drops tacks on the course. As Corey is bandaged, his friends agree that Dagger members were responsible for the sabotage. Corey’s mood improves when he meets Sam Flood, the reputed inventor of skateboarding and owner of Smash Skateboards. Sam is familiar with Corey’s reputation and promises him an endorsement deal if he wins the L.A. Downhill, and invites ... +


Skateboarder Corey Webster reads his mother’s notes of encouragement before departing to train with friends at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, for the upcoming L.A. Downhill skateboarding competition. Upon arriving, Corey’s friend, Tyler, gives him lodging in a camper van. Soon, Corey and his fellow skateboarders, “The Ramp Locals”--Tyler, Radley, and Bozo--build a training ramp. Corey is the first to try it, and gives the course his approval. At the beach, the Daggers skateboard club and its leader, Tommy Hook, attempt to intimidate Corey and his friends. Corey fearlessly rides the Daggers’ ramp while Tommy examines his technique. As a crowd gathers, Tommy’s sister, Chrissy, shares a mutual attraction with Corey. Later, at a skaters’ dance, Corey and Chrissy separate from the crowd and go for a walk outside. She is visiting from Indiana and finds the skateboarding scene very different from what she knows. She also reveals that Tommy is her brother. Corey gives her a lesson on his skateboard, but she surprises him with her advanced skills. He informs her that he is training for the L.A. Downhill race, and plans to compete against Tommy. When Chrissy returns home the next morning, Tommy is angry to learn that she was with Corey instead of one of his Dagger friends. At a competition, Corey is injured after a competitor drops tacks on the course. As Corey is bandaged, his friends agree that Dagger members were responsible for the sabotage. Corey’s mood improves when he meets Sam Flood, the reputed inventor of skateboarding and owner of Smash Skateboards. Sam is familiar with Corey’s reputation and promises him an endorsement deal if he wins the L.A. Downhill, and invites him on a tour of the Smash factory. Despite Tommy’s threats, Corey takes Chrissy to a nearby coffee shop. She admires a necklace Corey made in art class and he gives it to her. Dagger teammates appear, so Corey takes Chrissy to his camper and they make love. Tommy and his fellow Daggers see Corey skating down the street and chase him into a multi-level parking lot. Back on the street, Corey convinces a bus driver to let him come aboard. Tommy and his gang board the bus at the next stop, but Corey hides on the roof bus and eludes them. The Daggers retaliate by setting fire to the training ramp built by Corey and his friends. The next day, Tyler is beaten by Dagger teammates Monk and Tommy when he demands money for the damage to the ramp. Corey wants retribution so Tommy challenges him to a canyon skating and jousting match. Chrissy tries to dissuade Corey for fear he might injure himself three days before the L.A. Downhill, but he is adamant. That evening, teammates and skating “groupies” watch as Corey and Tommy battle each other on a stretch of road that forms a natural ramp. Each skater has a soft mace to strike his opponent. Corey and Tommy lose their maces, and they resort to fist fighting. However, Tommy retrieves his weapon and lands a few strategic blows to Corey’s arm before police swarm the area. The next day, Corey has a cast on his left arm, which he believes will prevent him from racing in the Downhill. He is also angry at Chrissy for disappearing after he was injured, doubting her story that Monk pulled her away. She blames Corey for foolishly accepting the challenge and leaves. Chrissy decides to leave for Indiana in the morning, saddened that Corey must abandon his dream because of Tommy’s skewed sense of sportsmanship. Corey attempts to reconcile with Chrissy, but learns from Tommy’s girl friend, Velvet, that she has left town. Meanwhile, Corey tapes his cast, practices on the canyon roads, and has several spills. On the bus ride home, Chrissy looks longingly at Corey’s necklace and decides to hitchhike back to Los Angeles. Tyler, Radley, and Bozo arrive at the Downhill, wondering if Corey will appear. At the last minute, Corey takes his place at the starting line at the top of La Tuna Canyon Road. Many racers lose their balance and are eliminated, but Corey and Tommy stay focused on the winding road, and are soon neck-and-neck. Tommy loses control on the final curve and Corey is crowned the new winner of the L.A. Downhill. As his friends hoist him in the air, Sam Flood announces that he will sign Corey to an endorsement deal. Corey is thrilled to see Chrissy, as is Tommy, who shakes Corey’s hand and congratulates him on running a good race. Corey enjoys his victory, hugging and kissing Chrissy. +

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