Gleaming the Cube

Gleaming the Cube

Infobox Film
name = Gleaming the Cube

image_size =
caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Graeme Clifford
producer = Lawrence Turman and David Foster
writer = Michael Tolkin
narrator =
starring = Christian Slater
Steven Bauer
Richard Herd
Le Tuan
Min Luong
Art Chudabala
Peter Kwong
Max Perlich
Tony Hawk
music =
cinematography = Reed Smoot
editing = John Wright
distributor =
released = January 13, 1989
runtime = 105 min
country = United States
language = English
budget =
gross =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id =
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 Slater as Brian Kelly, a 16-year-old skateboarder investigating 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 Brigade appear in the film as members of Brian's skate crew. Future lead singer of The Aquabats, Christian Jacobs also 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.

* Most of the School Scenes were filmed at Woodbridge High in Irvine, California

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