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Solarbabies (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  26 November 1986 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »



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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 <>

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Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Solar Warriors  »

Box Office


$1,579,260 (USA)

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The end theme song, "Love Will Set You Free" performed and written by Smokey Robinson, is about Jesus offering an invitation for Christian discipleship, with direct quotes from Jesus' sermons in the Bible. See more »


Why does "Gavial" just vanish from the movie, following the RED ALERT/EVACUATE signal at the Aqua Bunker? The picture seems to suggest that he escapes, but this is never substantiated; Gavial simply flees the control room and never reappears. See more »


Gavial: [making improper advances] Terra? I like the sweat.
Terra: Get out, you creature of filth!
Gavial: Hey, I just wanna talk. Maybe a little HANDS-ON PARLEY?
Terra: [hits him with her shovel] Now I'm listening.
Gavial: [backs off] Next time.
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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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This is one of my favorite movies of all time!
5 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, it is definitely dated looking, but so is Real Genius, which is my all time favorite. It's not like it's Howard The Duck or something! I love cheesy 80's movies, and this is one for which I am waiting with baited breath to be released on DVD. I mean, look at Tron, total cheese, great movie!

Classics are sometimes classics because of their nostalgic value and what they offered at the time. This movie features some of the 80's biggest stars, not to mention a few who have continued with successful TV shows and film. Lukas Haas is so pickin' cute, and James LeGros is terrific as the bratty Metron.

Honestly, if someone saw Star Wars for the very first time nowadays, they would roll their eyes and walk out. Watch this with an open mind, and you'll enjoy it!

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