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Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979)

PG | | Comedy | October 1979 (USA)
At a roller disco competition, two rivals find themselves becoming good friends while competing for a prize of $1000 in cash.

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At a roller disco competition, two rivals find themselves becoming good friends while competing for a prize of $1000 in cash.

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The Rock and Roller Disco Movie of the Year!

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The Skatetown, U.S.A disco was based on Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA. It opened in 1979, and the film premiered there. See more »

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Under My Thumb
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Hounds
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Roll and Rock
10 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Skatetown USA along with Roller Boogie is a celebration of that brief time that roller disco was ruling the youth culture. Unless you like the music scene, rollerskating, or want to see this variety of current and former performers from television stroll on the screen and do their bit one better avoid the film.

But the music and the choreographed skating numbers are the thing here and the plot such as it is just gets in the way. Scott Baio from The Valley is manager of skating brother and sister Greg Bradford and Maureen McCormick and he's brought them to that Mecca of roller disco palaces Skatetown USA to take on the champ Patrick Swayze who has a large and menacing posse. In fact Swayze will do just about anything to win so Baio has to be on his toes.

Flip Wilson owns Skatetown USA along with Billy Barty and Flip has some scenes as his drag character Geraldine. A whole lot of other familiar TV faces make an appearance and hopefully their paychecks cleared the bank.

Greg Bradford was and remains the ultimate surfer boy. He and Swayze are both talented dancers and the competition is fierce. This was Swayze's film debut. His acting chops were displayed later in his career.

Unless you are nostalgic for the era, Skatetown USA is not your film.


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