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Roller Boogie (1979)

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Skaters band together to keep their roller-disco open.

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Beyond ensuring that she makes it into Julliard as a flautist for the upcoming fall term, wealthy Lillian and Roger Barkley largely neglect their teenaged daughter, Terry Barkley. Although Terry doesn't try to hide the facts from them, her parents have no idea that she hates the flute and the associated music, has no desire to attend Julliard, and spends all her time on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks with her friend Lana roller skating on the Venice Beach boardwalk with the legions of other roller skaters. There, she attracts the attention of Bobby James, the hotshot skater who rightly believes he is headed to the next Olympics. Terry initially rebuffs Bobby's advances, until she asks him to teach her how to dance so that they can compete in the upcoming roller boogie contest at Jammer's, the local skating rink owned by Jammer Delaney, a former roller derby star. Terry and Bobby's relationship eventually becomes more than just about skating. But the roller boogie contest and ... Written by Huggo

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It's love on wheels!

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Trivia

This was the second roller-disco movie of the late 1970s cycle as Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979) had premiered about a couple months earlier. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, in the home of the lead character, a maid is seen going upstairs, passing Terry (Linda Blair) who is on her way down to meet her parents having breakfast. When she arrives, the same maid is seen serving her parents at the dining table. See more »

Quotes

Roger Barkley: It's the skating isn't it? It's that insane disco music thing!
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Referenced in Flight of the Navigator (1986) See more »

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We Got the Power
Music by Bob Esty
Lyrics by Michael Brooks
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Campy and fun
21 September 2004 | by (Long Island) – See all my reviews

Just picked up the DVD after years of growing up to the movie. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that it was coming out! Sweet! I don't think anyone expects Citizen Kane when you see a movie called Roller Boogie but I think it is campy and fun, especially the large skating scenes on the boardwalk and in the rink. Jim Bray.. well what can I say? Fabulous skater (and the movie shows him off very well) and pretty hot to boot. Acting? He tried his best, and in a few scenes he is actually very endearing. His costumes are the best; teeny tiny shorts, tight tight pants, feathered hair.. I wonder if Mr. Bray will pick this DVD up, watch it and laugh about all the bad stuff he and the rest of the cast had to wear. Great movie. The DVD has the original trailer and that's it, since I'm sure no one wanted to sit down and do a commentary on this wonderful little slice of 1979. I don't blame them! You just have to appreciate it for what it is.


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