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|Based on||Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates
by Mary Mapes Dodge
|Written by||Jeff Schechter|
|Directed by||Greg Beeman|
|Starring||Erik von Detten
|Theme music composer||J. Peter Robinson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fake-Reel Films|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||August 29, 1998|
Andy "Brink" Brinker and his in-line skating crew—Peter, Jordy, and Gabriella—who call themselves "Soul-Skaters" (which means they skate for the fun of it, and not for the money), clash with a group of sponsored skaters, Team X-Bladz—led by Val—with whom they attend high school in southern California.
On the first day of school, the Soul-Skaters and Team X-Bladz race on school grounds. Boomer, a skater for Team X-Bladz, is seriously injured during the race, while Brink and Val are both caught and suspended. Brink learns that his family is in financial trouble; his father Ralph has been on disability for six months. Brink goes against the wishes of Ralph and his friends and joins Team X-Bladz for $200 a week, as a replacement for Boomer. Brink keeps this a secret from his friends and family. Brink's father gets him a job at Pup-N-Suds, a dog grooming business. Brink's friends discover that he has been skating for Team X-Bladz to train for an upcoming local competition. Brink's friends feel he betrayed them and choose to ignore him upon discovering his alignment with Team X-Bladz. The Soul-Skaters and Team X-Bladz later agree to a downhill race, with Gabriella against Brink.
Boomer is suspicious of Val's intentions, knowing too well what he is like inside. He tries to warn Brink not to go through with the race as Val has something planned for him and leave X-Bladz. During the race, Val intentionally sabotages Gabriella's part of the course by tossing gravel onto the road. Gabriella wipes out big and sustains minor injuries. At this point, all of the Soul-Skaters disown Brink as their friend; they call him a sell-out and stop talking to him (which was Val's true intentions and why Boomer was wary of this). Later, Ralph learns about the accident from Gabriella's mother and has a heart-to-heart talk with Brink. Brink finally confesses his true reasons for joining Team X-Bladz and wanting to be a somebody from it. He admits that though he got what he wanted, it has gotten him into a mess, as he has lost his friends and started becoming like Val. Ralph reveals that although the family is in financial trouble, Brink should not be skating for money and rather for fun.
Inspired by his father, Brink meets Val at the local boardwalk and quits Team X-Bladz. Brink reveals his disgust with Val for sabotaging the race and injuring Gabriella. This leads to an argument between both boys and Brink to toss a milkshake in Val's face. Val calls Brink a coward and a traitor in itself, revealing that he did not have the nerve to finish the race and in the process has no friends. Boomer disagrees and calls Val out for who he is inside. He reveals his own friendship with Brink and why he left X-Bladz after his injury. Boomer admits that he had witnessed Val cheating in past competitions and that he never thinks about the consequences of his own actions that come with it. Brink closes the argument by telling Val off that he is not a true skater for skating for money rather than fun and challenges him at the in-line skating competition. Val readily accepts his challenge. Boomer walks away with Brink, thanking him for showing Boomer the meaning to skate for fun and will show his support for him. In the days before the competition, Brink meets his friends at the skate yard. After giving them new skates and equipment, Brink tells them of his plan to sponsor the team under the name "Team Pup 'N Suds." They accept Brink as their friend again.
As friends once again, they compete in the competition with their families' support. At the end, it comes down to Brink and Val in the championship race. Brink, his friends and his family celebrate the long-awaited victory. Immediately after the race, Team X-Bladz manager, Jimmy, fires Val for cheating and trying to sabotage Brink. He offers Brink the captain position of the team. Brink quickly turns down the offer, stating he remembers that he skates for fun and not money.
- Erik von Detten – Andy "Brink" Brinker
- Christina Vidal – Gabriella Dellama
- Sam Horrigan – Val Horrigan
- David Graf – Ralph Brinker
- Robin Riker – Maddie Brinker
- Patrick Levis – Peter Calhoun
- Asher Gold – Jordy
- Walter Emanuel Jones – Boomer
- Geoffrey Blake – Jimmy
- Joey Simmrin – Arne "Worm"
- Jake Elliott – B. J.
- Katie Volding – Kate Brinker
- "Give" by The Suicide Machines
- "Sooner or Later" by Fastball
- "Apology" by Clarissa
- "Come on Brink" by Mark Mason and Rick Allen
In December 2015, Dylan Kickham of Entertainment Weekly ranked Brink! at number four on a list of the top 30 Disney Channel Original Movies. Kickham wrote, "Along with the hilariously nostalgic lingo, Brink! earns its place in the pantheon of great DCOMs for mixing adrenaline, drama, and one-time Disney golden boy Erik von Detten."
In May 2016, Aubrey Page of Collider.com ranked each Disney Channel Original Movie released up to that point. Page ranked Brink! at number 17, writing, "It's been official pretty much since it aired: Brink! is a classic. And, it's potentially the best aggressive inline skating movie ever been committed to film – though it might also be the only one."