Blast from the Past! Old school Skate Movie “Gleaming the Cube”


This movie was released in the year 1989. I remember I was on 3rd grade when I watched this movie,”Gleaming the cube”. Because of this movie, I asked my dad that time to buy me a skateboard and he said yes. When he arrived from work,instead of skateboard he bought me roller blades. 🙁

Here is the summary of this movie. Brian’s (Kristian Slater) adopted brother is killed when he discovers that the shop he works in sends weapons to Vietnam instead of medications. To the police it looks like suicide, but Brian knows better so he skates off to investigate the murder himself. Source:

This movie highlighted the era skateboarding, tricks and downhill. It was a movie that inspired many teenagers that time to engage in skateboarding.

Watch the downhill scene in this movie

Rodney Mullen and other Pro skater that time was featured in this movie as a double for Kristian Slater in doing tricks

Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential skateboarder in the history of skateboarding. The majority of ollie and flip tricks he invented throughout the 1980s, including the flatground ollie, the Kickflip, the Heelflip, and the 360 flip are regularly done in modern vertical and street skateboarding. Read more about Rodney Mullen on

Though Gleaming the cube had a low box office turnout, it gave a big impact for the skate community and carved the skate culture all over the world.

Go on, Watch the movie guys!