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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.

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Grock
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Terra
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Jason
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Daniel
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Metron
Claude Brooks ...
Rabbit
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Tug
Peter Kowanko ...
Gavial (as Pete Kowanko)
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Darstar
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Shandray
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The Warden
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Greentree
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Ivor
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Malice
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Dogger
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Storyline

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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26 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Solar Warriors  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,579,260 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was filmed on location in Spain, a country selected for its abundant desert landscape. Ironically, production was held up for several weeks due to--of all things--rain. See more »

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At the end, as the credits roll, all of the Solarbabies are swimming in the surf. But throughout the movie there is a water shortage. Where did the ocean come from? See more »

Quotes

Woman on P.A.: [during "Skate-Rec"] ... This recreational skate period is provided by Earth Police who represent order. Take up the challenge of order advancement. Serve as members of an Earth Force. Give raw power to the cause of order. Keep the bodjilar flow. Earth Enforcement calls you to synergic dedication. Earth Enforcement means pleasure in the use of ultra-tech weapons. Pleasure in the chase and stun. Dissidents who choose to live outside the Protectorate are in constant need of ultra-disciplinary...
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References Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) See more »

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Love Will Set You Free
Written by Smokey Robinson and Ivory Stone
Performed by Smokey Robinson
Courtesy of Motown Records/Taj Mahal Music
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The nostalgia goggles, they do nothing!
22 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After about 20 years of having little more than vague memories of this movie rollerskating about in my head, I finally broke down and re-watched Solarbabies.

All I can say is, well, bless them for trying. It really isn't a BAD movie... it does manage to be entertaining even though it occasionally drags. The only problem is that it borrows a lot from other movies and never seems to decide on a style of its own.

Overall I didn't feel as drawn in to the story as I'd hoped, but despite the somewhat vague plot and generic characters, it was still good fun. And if nothing else, it teaches us that all we really need to set things right in the world are friendship and roller skating. And maybe a magic ball from outer space.


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