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Solarbabies (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 26 November 1986 (USA)
In a bleak post-apocalyptic future ruled by the militaristic Protectorate, a group of renegade teenage orphan friends finds a legendary miraculous orb, Bohdai, that can supposedly bring the rain back to dried up Earth.



(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Douglas Anthony Metrov)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Brooks ...
Peter Kowanko ...
Gavial (as Pete Kowanko)
The Warden
Frank Converse ...


In a future in which most water has disappeared from the Earth, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers, who are living at an orphanage, run by the despotic rulers of the new Earth. The group in question plays a hockey based game on roller skates and is quite good. It has given them a unity that transcends the attempts to bring them to heel by the government. Finding an orb of special power, they find it has unusual effects on them. They escape from the orphanage (on skates) and try to cross the wasteland looking for a place they can live free as the stormtroopers search for them and the orb. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Spectacular science-fiction/adventure on blazing skates! See more »


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Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Solar Warriors  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$1,579,260 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The key speechless character, named "Bodhi", is also referred to in the film as the "Sphere of Longinus". See more »


Where did "Terra" get that book about rainstorms? And what convinced her that it's not mere "fiction?" See more »


Grock: It's an odd name for a skateball team, don't you think? "Solarbabies." Too soft, not menacing enough. Why do you suppose they chose it?
The Warden: They don't seem to need anything more menacing, do they? They always seem to win.
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Rollerskating orphans vs fascist government
5 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you don't love cheesy scifi....are too cool and all, don't bother. I mean it. But if magic alien spheres, weird roller sports, tiretown, and eco warriors make you happy, than this is your movie. It has a subtle beauty. 80s madness at its best. From the misunderstood tribal kid who calls birds to the cool mascot hearing impaired kid, its just, well its just....just see it. The hair and music alone are worth it, even if you do not realize how awesome the story is. Check out the cut offs. The only conceivable reason this movie is not in any hall of fame is because there is no award for Best Cheesy Sci Fi, or ...people just suck. Givin that, I am sure there IS an award somewhere. So do not deny yourself the futuristic bad news bears on skates. Why, afraid you may pull out those old hot pink wheeled roller-skates you know you have? Afraid you may try to save the world in a spray painted tank top? I know I am.

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