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The Unholy Rollers (1972)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  10 November 1972 (USA)
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Karen wants more action out of life and quits her job at the cannery to become a skater in the roller derby. She encounters friction from the other skaters - especially Mickey, the current ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Jennings ...
Karen Walker
Louis Quinn ...
Mr. Stern
Betty Anne Rees ...
Roberta Collins ...
Alan Vint ...
Candice Roman ...
Jay Varela ...
Charlene Jones ...
Beverly Brayton
Maxine Gates ...
Angie Striker
Karen's Mother
John Harmon ...
Karl Rizzo ...
Mike Miller ...
John Steadman ...


Karen wants more action out of life and quits her job at the cannery to become a skater in the roller derby. She encounters friction from the other skaters - especially Mickey, the current number one star of the team. Karen proves herself a feisty competitor but refuses to be a team player. As she skates her way to roller stardom, she incurs the wrath of jealous team members and the owner of the team. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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A locker room look at the toughest broads in the world! See more »


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Leader of the Pack  »

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The original soundtrack was replaced by a Kendall Schmidt synthesizer score for the HBO VHS release in 1986. See more »


At the gun range, after firing all the rounds Nick, empties the spent rounds, but it is obvious the rounds weren't fired, with the bullet and shell still intact. See more »


Edited into Hollywood Boulevard (1976) See more »


Stay Away From Karen
Written by Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
Sung by Louie and the Rockets
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An overlooked gem
24 July 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Unholy Rollers is AIP cinema verite, a true American film classic that peels the facade away from the cult of sports celebrity. Claudia Jennings is outstanding as the roller queen whose place on the pedestal is about to be taken by the next one in line. She plays the role with utter conviction, and the film's low budget limitations lend added authenticity to its depiction of this seedy American pastime.

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