Gleaming the Cube
The cult classic 80’s B-film where the slacker skateboarder gets off his butt and cases down criminals. A skateboarding boy named Brian played by Christian Slater has a pretty normal life until his brother dies. The cops think it’s a suicide yet he won’t believe it and follows some Vietnamese guys he thinks did it when he gets into a lot of trouble and has to ride his skateboard to save the day.
Skateboarding movies are generally pretty useless. This one has got a 'bitchin' car chase at the end though.
When this movie came out I was actually a skateboarder so naturally I wanted to see it. To bad it sucked!
t's the 80's!
Sporting an hysterical, big and spiky, blonde hi-lights, hairstyle and a dangly earring, a young Christian Slater is in fine form as a skateboarding teen after his adopted Brother's, Commie sympathising, murderers.
Unlike "BMX Bandits" the skateboarding here plays no part in the actual story (other than a mode of transport!) until the very, very end but there are some top stunts to be seen here and, although they need some help from cars, the skateboard chase at the end is good fun.
There's also a nice (if short) motorbike vs skateboard chase.
But the good cast (as well as Slater we have Steven Bauer, Charles Cyphers and Ed Lauter), gloriously cheesy 80's trappings and general fun time attitude make up for the middle slump and surprising lack of full-on skateboard vs bad guy action.
seemingly little known 80s classic. this movie is total fun so sit back and enjoy