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|Written by||Jeff Schechter|
|Directed by||Greg Beeman|
|Theme music composer||J. Peter Robinson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||David Hoberman|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fake-Reel Films|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||August 29, 1998|
Brink! is a 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) set in the backdrop of aggressive inline skating. The film was written by Jeff Schechter and directed by Greg Beeman. The film stars Erik von Detten as Andy "Brink" Brinker, a high school inline skater who joins a group of sponsored aggressive inline skaters to earn money to help his financially troubled family. The film is considered a modern and loosely based adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge's 1865 novel Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates.
Andy "Brink" Brinker and his in-line skating crew—Peter, Jordy, and Gabriella—who call themselves "Soul-Skaters" (they skate for the fun of it, 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, leading to Val being fined $350,000 by Team X-Bladz. Brink learns that his family is in financial trouble; his father, Ralph, has been on disability for six months. Brink secretly goes against what he believes and joins Team X-Bladz for $200 a week, as a replacement for Boomer. Ralph gets him a part-time job at Pup-N-Suds, a dog grooming business. This, however, is a job which Jordy, Gabriella, and Peter are aware of because Brink had told them that he's working there. For a while, Brink manages to keep his other job in Team X-Bladz a secret from his family and friends by assuming different costumes. However, Jordy, Gabriella, and Peter discover the truth when they catch him skating for Team X-Bladz to at an invitational prior to an upcoming local competition. Brink's friends feel he betrayed them and choose to ignore him upon discovering his alignment with Team X-Bladz.
Brink tries to rejoin the Soul Skaters, but is rebuffed. Val offers Brink a chance to re-join X-Bladz by noting the team won't hold him leaving against him. While scouting the route for the downhill leg of the upcoming competition, The Soul-Skaters and Team X-Bladz agree to a downhill race, with Gabriella against Brink. During the race, Val sabotages Gabriella course by tossing gravel onto the road - but tells Brink to take a different route. Gabriella wipes out big and sustains cuts and bruises. As Val attempts to express his sorrow for what had happened, Brink tells Val to not be a wuss. At this point, all of the Soul-Skaters disown Brink as their friend; they call him a sell-out and stop talking to him. Boomer encourages Brink to leave X-Bladz and go back to his friends while he still.
Brink visits Gabriella at her house and she calls him a sell-out. Ralph learns about the accident and Brink's position on Team X-Bladz from Gabriella's mother. In the garage, he has a heart-to-heart with Brink and asks him why he didn't tell the family about it. 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. Brink mentions he has lost his friends and doesn't have fun skating with X-Bladz. Ralph reveals that although the family is in financial trouble, Brink should not be skating fun and that your job doesn't define you.
Inspired by his father, Brink confronts Val at the local boardwalk, quits Team X-Bladz, and returns the team gear (skates / helmet). Val tells Brink to not renege on his contractual obligations with Team X-Bladz. This leads to a heated argument between both boys and Brink to toss a milkshake in Val's face.
In the days before the competition, Brink meets his friends at the skate yard. After giving them new skates, Brink tells them of his plan to sponsor the team under the name "Team Pup 'N Suds". When questioned, Brink admits he got an advance from PupNSuds from his wages to pay for the skates. They forgive Brink and accept him as their friend again.
As friends once again, they compete in the competition with their families' support. In the end, it comes down to Brink and Val in the championship race. Throughout the downhill championship, Val continually attempts to shove Brink off the course. When Val crashes off the course, Brink returns to help him up. Val yanks Brink to the ground to try to get a head start, while ESPN cameras stream the interaction to onlookers. After getting up, with Val in the lead, Brink takes a shortcut to win the race.
Immediately after the race, while Val is disqualified and storms off, Team X-Bladz manager, Jimmy, who saw Val's cheating and kicked him off the team, offers Brink a spot on Team X-Bladz. However, Brink declines. He happily re-joins the Soul Skaters and receives the trophy.
- Erik von Detten – Andy "Brink" Brinker
- Sam Horrigan – Val
- Christina Vidal – Gabriella Dellama
- Robin Riker – Maddie Brinker
- Geoffrey Blake – Jimmy
- Patrick Levis – Peter Calhoun
- Joey Simmrin – Arne "Worm"
- Asher Gold – Jordy
- Walter Emanuel Jones – Boomer
- Katie Volding – Kate Brinker
- David Graf – Ralph Brinker
- Kevin Clifford — Garbage Man
Original music composed by J. Peter Robinson, additional music by Phil Marshall
- "Give" by The Suicide Machines
- "Sooner or Later" by Fastball
- "Apology" by Clarissa
- "Come on Brink" by Mark Mason and Rick Allen
In 2012, Complex ranked the film at number 1 on the magazine's list of the 25 best Disney Channel Original Movies. In December 2015, Dylan Kickham of Entertainment Weekly ranked Brink! at number four on a list of the top 30 DCOMs. 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 March 2016, the film was ranked at number 37 on MTV's list of the best DCOMs, consisting of 99 films. In May 2016, Aubrey Page of Collider 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."
- Erickson, Hal. "Brink! (1998)". AllMovie. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
It doesn't take a literary expert to recognize the made-for-cable Disney movie, Brink! as an updated adaptation of the Mary Mapes Dodge classic, Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (which Disney had filmed "straight" as a two-part TV drama back in the early 1960s).
- Harris, Ashley (May 24, 2016). "7 Essential Disney Channel Original Movies from the 1990s". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
The film is very loosely based on the 1865 novel, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates.
- Aquino, Tara; Scarano, Ross (December 6, 2012). "The 25 Best Disney Channel Original Movies". Complex. Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
- Kickham, Dylan (December 1, 2015). "30 Disney Channel Original Movies, Ranked". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
- Grant, Stacey (March 7, 2016). "What Is The Best Disney Channel Original Movie Of All Time? Vote Now". MTV. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
- Page, Aubrey (May 26, 2016). "Every Disney Channel Original Movie, Ranked". Collider. Retrieved June 8, 2016.