- Gleaming the Cube
name = Gleaming the Cube
caption = Theatrical release poster
Lawrence Turmanand David Foster
Christian Slater Steven Bauer Richard Herd Le Tuan Min Luong Art Chudabala Peter Kwong Max Perlich Tony Hawk
cinematography = Reed Smoot
editing = John Wright
January 13, 1989
runtime = 105 min
language = English
imdb_id = 0097438
"Gleaming the Cube" (also known as "A Brother's Justice" and "Skate or Die") is an American movie released in 1989. It featured
Christian Slateras Brian Kelly, a 16-year-old skateboarderinvestigating the death of his adopted Vietnamese brother. Though set in contemporary Orange County, the movie includes story methods common to westerns and film noir.
The Skating Technical Advisor for the film was original
Z-Boy, Stacy Peralta. Among the endless list of famous skateboarders who appear in the film as Stunt Skaters include Mike McGill, "Gator" Mark Rogowski, Rodney Mullen, Rich Dunlop, Eric Dressen, Lance Mountain, Mike Vallely, Chris Black, Ted Ehr, Natas Kaupas, Chris Borst, and Steve Saiz. Tony Hawk(Buddy), and Tommy Guerrero(Sam) then members of the Bones Brigadeappear in the film as members of Brian's skate crew. Future lead singer of The Aquabats, Christian Jacobsalso appears in the film as Gremic.
The film received only a moderate release in the United States from
20th Century Fox(in 469 theaters). Although the film had a relatively low box office turnout, "Gleaming the Cube" garnered a significant cult followingFact|date=April 2007 after its theatrical release, through basic cable replays on networks such as USA and the burgeoning VHS (and later DVD) market, as well as notoriety among skateboarders.
The title of the film reputedly refers to a gibberish statement skater Garry Davis made in a Thrasher magazine interview with Neil Blender. The phrase itself is meaningless.
* The Anaheim motel in the movie, the "Atomic Age Lodge," was in reality the Stovall's Cosmic Age Lodge on Katella Avenue, across the street from the then-Disneyland parking lot. It was one of a group of Stovall's hotels in the area with a space age theme (the others being Stovall's Apollo Inn and Stovall's Space Age Lodge. Today, the hotel is simply called Best Western Stovall's Inn, and, like the other Stovall's motels, no longer has any of the space age theming.
*imdb title|id=0097438|title=Gleaming the Cube
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