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Release Date:
13 June 1980 (USA) See more »
The story of a boy and his equipment. See more »
A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous traveling rock-and-roll show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Meat Loaf ... Travis W. Redfish
Kaki Hunter ... Lola Bouilliabase

Art Carney ... Corpus C. Redfish

Gailard Sartain ... B.B. Muldoon

Don Cornelius ... Mohammed Johnson
Rhonda Bates ... Alice Poo

Joe Spano ... Ace
Richard Marion ... George

Sonny Carl Davis ... Bird (as Sonny Davis)
Ginger Varney ... Weather Girl
Al Mays ... Mohammed's Bodyguard
Cindy Wills ... Prom Queen

Allan Graf ... Tiny
Merle Kilgore ... Himself

Jack Elliott ... Himself (as Ramblin' Jack Elliott)

Roy Orbison ... Himself

Hank Williams Jr. ... Himself - The Bama Band
Hector Britt ... Hank

Larry Lindsey ... Jerry

Conrad E. Palmisano ... First Cop in Chase (as Conrad Palmisano)
Tim Chitwood ... Second Cop
Bobby Sargent ... Third Cop
Rick Seaman ... Fourth Cop
Hamilton Camp ... Grady
Lenore Woodward ... Little Old Lady
Terry Wills ... First Narc
Chuck Bulot ... Second Narc
Helena Humann ... Spittle Manager
Marcy Hanson ... Boise Groupie
Carole McClellan ... Boise Sheriff
Rudy Ortiz ... Boise Soundman
Bruce Patron ... Blondie Road Manager

Debbie Harry ... Herself - Blondie (as Deborah Harry)

Chris Stein ... Himself - Blondie
Clem Burke ... Himself - Blondie
Jimmy Destri ... Himself - Blondie
Nigel Harrison ... Himself - Blondie
Frank Infante ... Himself - Blondie
William Hanna ... Tire Salesman
James Lewis ... Lil Pete

Ray Benson ... Himself - Asleep At The Wheel

Richard Portnow ... First New York Wino
Anthony Casertano ... Second New York Wino

Alice Cooper ... Alice Cooper
Sheryl Cooper ... Herself
Joe Gannon ... Manager
Jesse Frederick ... Alice Cooper Roadie

Larry Marshall ... Second Roadie
Rick Brunt ... Third Roadie
Eric Gardner ... Concert Promoter

Kurtwood Smith ... Security Guard
Paul Jamieson ... New York Soundman
Alvin Crow ... Himself - The Pleasant Valley Boys
Fred Mandel ... Alice Cooper Band
Davey Johnstone ... Alice Cooper Band
Roger Powell ... Alice Cooper Band
Kasim Sulton ... Alice Cooper Band (as Kasim Sultan)
John Wilcox ... Alice Cooper Band
Chris O'Connell ... Asleep At The Wheel
Bobby Black ... Asleep At The Wheel
Pat Ryan ... Asleep At The Wheel
Daniel Levin ... Asleep At The Wheel
John Nicholas ... Asleep At The Wheel
Francis Christina ... Asleep At The Wheel
Dean DeMerritt ... Asleep At The Wheel
Rick Crow ... The Pleasant Valley Boys
Smoothie ... The Pleasant Valley Boys
D.K. Little ... The Pleasant Valley Boys
Pete Finney ... The Pleasant Valley Boys
Tiny McFarland ... The Pleasant Valley Boys
Roger Crabtree ... The Pleasant Valley Boys
Kerry Craig ... The Bama Band
Joe Hamilton ... The Bama Band
Warren Keith ... The Bama Band
Charles Smith ... The Bama Band
Dale Stratton ... The Bama Band
Shona Lay ... Spittle (by Standing Waves)
Bob Murray ... Spittle (by Standing Waves)
Larry Seaman ... Spittle (by Standing Waves)
Randy Franklin ... Spittle (by Standing Waves)
David Cardwell ... Spittle (by Standing Waves)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Frampton ... Himself (uncredited)
John Lizzi ... NY Cop in Chase (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Rudolph 
Writing credits
Big Boy Medlin (story) &
Michael Ventura (story) and
Zalman King (story) &
Alan Rudolph (story)

Big Boy Medlin (screenplay) and
Michael Ventura (screenplay)

Produced by
Zalman King .... executive producer
Carolyn Pfeiffer .... producer
John Pommer .... associate producer (as John E. Pommer)
Original Music by
Craig Huxley  (as Craig Hundley)
Cinematography by
David Myers (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tom Walls 
Casting by
Jo Doster 
Production Design by
Paul Peters 
Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman 
Makeup Department
Mike Moschella .... makeup artist
Jerry Turnage .... hair stylist
Production Management
John Pommer .... production manager (as John E. Pommer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Ledding .... first assistant director (as Ed Ledding)
David Newman .... dga trainee
Bruce Solow .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Dunn .... properties (as Mike Dunn)
Bruce J. Gfeller .... construction coordinator (as Bruce Gfeller)
Tim Serrano .... lead man
Edmund Villa .... properties (as Ed Villa)
Jarrell Jay Knowles .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Crew Chamberlain .... production sound
Richard Bryce Goodman .... production sound mixer (as Richard Goodman)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bud Grenzbach)
Robert Grieve .... audio consultant
William L. Manger .... sound editor
Richard Oswald .... sound editor (as Richard L. Oswald)
Jim Bullock .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joanne D'Antonio .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects
Howard Jensen .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Joyce Rudolph .... visual layouts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Tim Chitwood .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Denver Mattson .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bouillet .... additional photographer
Joreen Bouillet .... still photographer
Doug DiGioia .... assistant camera (as Doug Di Gioia)
Tim Evans .... chief electrician
Joe Gannon .... lighting designer: Alice Cooper Band
Joe Garcia .... second electrician
Doug Jones .... still photographer
Jan Kiesser .... camera operator
Harry Rez .... key grip
Jacque E. Wallace .... second grip (as Jacque Wallace)
Joe Carroll .... film loader (uncredited)
Glenn Dunn .... electrician (uncredited)
Gary Stark .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alison Gail Bixby .... costumer (as Gail Bixby)
Jered Green .... costumer (as Jered Edd Green)
Editorial Department
Michael Collins .... additional editor
Dody Dorn .... second assistant film editor
Mia Goldman .... second assistant film editor
Gib Jaffe .... first assistant film editor
Carol Littleton .... supervising editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Music Department
Bones Howe .... music supervisor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Craig Pinkard .... transportation
'Bud' Williams .... transportation (as Bud Williams)
Steve Bonner .... driver: special equipment (uncredited)
Other crew
Bruce Cannon .... production assistant
Jan Dennehy .... production accountant (as Janice Elan)
Lyn Hemmerdinger .... production assistant
Karyn Isaacs .... assistant to producer
David Kelley .... production assistant
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Jeff Nightbyrd .... location manager
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Tobi C. Singleton .... production coordinator
Joe Umphres .... production assistant
Ron Volz .... concert coordinator
Hal Broome .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Foster .... courtesy: sports footage
Lee Lucas .... courtesy: sports footage
Jeff Montoni .... courtesy: sports footage
The Ogden Edsl Wahalia Blues Ensemble Mondo Bizzario Band .... courtesy: "Ogden Edsl" footage
Bobby Roth .... courtesy: "Independence Day" footage
Joe Umphres .... courtesy: "Pas De Deux" footage

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106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Cameo: [Hank Williams Jr.]As himself.See more »
Corpus C. Redfish:[using the remote to shut off the large number of TVs he is constantly watching] Never did like TV.See more »
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References West Side Story (1961)See more »
Your Precious LoveSee more »


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
What You Really Want From A Cult Movie, 27 May 2005
Author: barkingchimp from United States

As an "old guy" with a nervous disposition who has enough trouble sitting through many movies once, the ultimate tribute I can give this great "on the road" rock'n'roll saga is that I watched it numerous times when it was on cable in 1981, I have watched it several dozens of times on VHS, and now that it's on DVD, I have watched it several times again. You can put a lot of mileage on this road movie. The film has a rock'n'roll backdrop—a backdrop we rarely see from the workingman's eye the way we do here. The movie gives us what amounts to real-world views of several 70's favorites (Meatloaf, Alice Cooper, Blondie, etc.). It has a great premise, the howling self-reliant "Everything Works If You Let It" theme. It also enjoys a background soundtrack that fires on all twelve cylinders. But what keeps me watching the film is that it is really funny in an honest, straight-forward way that we have enjoyed far too seldom since Hollywood started grinding out its cookie-cutter farces in the wake of "Airplane." The dual surprises of the film are the really solid performances put in by Alice Cooper and Meatloaf in their respective roles as rock star and roadie. I am unqualified in my admiration of this movie, but I will tightly qualify the people to whom I would suggest the film. This is a "cult" movie in the most real sense of the word and anyone who is made nervous by rock music, farce that is outside of the "Scary Movie" mainstream, or three-hundred pound leading men (Meatloaf) should avoid this movie at all costs. Also, there is a certain good IL' boy mentality at work here that will not play for some parts of the audience. But to the core audience of the film, these are not qualifications, they are recommendations. The thing I am saddest about is that the movie's soundtrack is no longer available. The soundtrack was worth having simply for the long and messy "Brainlock" which plays during one of the few really funny car chases in the history of film.

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