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Solarbabies -- This futuristic tale features the top talents of Hollywood's new generation including Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas and Jason Patric as prisoners in a fortress who plan their dazzling escape on wheels.  In HD.


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Walon Green (screenplay) and
D.A. Metrov (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 November 1986 (USA) See more »
Who will rule the future? See more »
In a future in which most water has disappeared from the Earth, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Jordan ... Grock

Jami Gertz ... Terra

Jason Patric ... Jason

Lukas Haas ... Daniel

James Le Gros ... Metron
Claude Brooks ... Rabbit

Peter DeLuise ... Tug
Peter Kowanko ... Gavial (as Pete Kowanko)

Adrian Pasdar ... Darstar

Sarah Douglas ... Shandray

Charles Durning ... The Warden
Frank Converse ... Greentree

Terrence Mann ... Ivor
Alexei Sayle ... Malice

Bruce Payne ... Dogger

Willoughby Gray ... Canis

Kelly Bishop ... Tutor Nover
Sam Hamann ... Technician
Vin Burnham ... Vendor
Carlin Andersen ... Hooker

Directed by
Alan Johnson 
Writing credits
Walon Green (screenplay) and
D.A. Metrov (screenplay) (as Douglas Anthony Metrov)

Produced by
Mel Brooks .... executive producer
Francisco Molero .... co-producer
Jack Frost Sanders .... producer
Irene Walzer .... producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Peter MacDonald 
Film Editing by
Conrad Buff IV  (as Conrad Buff)
Casting by
Pennie DuPont  (as Pennie Du Pont)
Fran Kumin 
Meg Simon 
Production Design by
Anthony Pratt 
Art Direction by
José María Alarcón  (as Jose Maria Alarcon)
Don Dossett (supervising art director)
Fernando González 
Raul Paton 
Francisco Prósper  (as Paco Prosper)
Leslie Tomkins  (as Les Tomkins)
Set Decoration by
Graham Sumner 
Costume Design by
Bob Ringwood 
Makeup Department
Eric Fiedler .... makeup effects technician
Steve Johnson .... makeup effects designer
Makio Kida .... makeup effects
Paquita Núñez .... hair stylist
Richard Ruiz .... makeup effects
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup supervisor
Adam Hill .... makeup effects moldmaker/puppeteer: Boss Films (uncredited)
Production Management
Francisco Molero .... unit manager
Paco Molero .... unit manager
Dennis J. Parrish .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Víctor Albarrán .... second assistant director (as Victor Albarran)
Kuki López Rodero .... first assistant director (as Juan Carlos L. Rodero)
Salvador Pons .... third assistant director
Ian Woolf .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brent Boates .... production illustrator
Eddie Fowlie .... property manager
Ron Gress .... head painter
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Michael Ross .... property manager
Tadeo Villalba hijo .... assistant property manager (as Teddy Villalba)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound effects editor
Mary Andrews .... adr editor
James Christopher .... sound effects editor (as Jim Christopher)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer
Manuel Ferreiro .... boom operator
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound effects editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Laja Holland .... adr assistant
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... supervising adr editor
John Pospisil .... assistant sound editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley supervisor
David E. Stone .... sound effects editor
David Williams .... foley editor
Jim Willis .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Carl Aldana .... special effects illustrator
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Antonio Balandín .... special effects assistant
Alan Bryce .... special effects technician
James Hale .... special effects auditor
Daniel Hutten .... special effects technician
Herikbuerto Muela .... special effects illustrator
Richard Parker .... special effects engineer (as Dick Parker)
Antonio Parra .... special effects assistant
George Trimmer .... model maker: dam designer
Antonio Bueno .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Robh Ruppel .... model builder (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... matte camera assistant
Michael Backauskas .... visual effects optical line-up
David Bartholomew .... visual effects assistant editor
Mat Beck .... visual effects cameraman
Peter Berman .... visual effects first assistant photographer
Glenn Chaika .... visual effects animator
Craig Clark .... special effects animator
Ed Coffey .... visual effects animator
Charles Cowles .... visual effects optical camera operator
Margaret Craig-Chang .... visual effects assistant animator
Mike Dornfield .... visual effects optical line-up
Richard Edlund .... visual effects producer
Robert Eyslee .... visual effects lighting technician
James M. Falkinburg .... visual effects production advisor (as James Nelson)
Donald Fly .... visual effects chief financial officer
James Garrett .... visual effects assistant editor
Deborah Gaydos .... visual effects assistant animator (as Deborah Ann Gaydos)
Michael Griffin .... visual effects optical camera operator
David R. Hardberger .... visual effects first assistant photographer
Alan Harding .... visual effects optical camera operator
Rebecca Heskes .... visual effects technical animator (as Rebecca Petrulli)
Renee Holt .... visual effects animation coordinator
Neil Krepela .... visual effects matte supervisor
Brad Kuehn .... visual effects optical camera operator
Mauro Maressa .... visual effects animator
Mary Mason .... visual effects optical coordinator
George E. Mather .... visual effects production supervisor
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects editor
Henry Minski .... matte camera assistant
Virgil Mirano .... visual effects still photographer
Michele Moen .... visual effects matte artist (as Michelle Moen)
Ronald B. Moore .... visual effects editorial consultant
Thaine Morris .... visual effects foreman
Bill Neil .... visual effects director of photography: USA
Clint Palmer .... visual effects first assistant photographer
Samuel E. Recinos .... visual effects technical animator
Chris Regan .... visual effects optical co-supervisor
Peggy Regan .... visual effects animator
Pat Repola .... visual effects lab technician
Steve Ritchie .... visual effects lighting technician
Scott Santoro .... visual effects animator
Mark Stetson .... visual effects action props and miniatures supervisor
David K. Stewart .... visual effects director of photography: Spain
Wes Takahashi .... animation crew
Annick Therrien .... visual effects technical animation supervisor
Lynda Thompson .... visual effects production coordinator
Eusebio Torres .... visual effects assistant animator
George Trimmer .... model maker
Patrick Van Auken .... visual effects grip
Paul Van Camp .... software programmer
Garry Waller .... visual effects special projects supervisor
Mary E. Walter .... visual effects optical supervisor
Gene Whiteman .... visual effects chief engineer
Bess Wiley .... matte camera assistant
Terry Windell .... visual effects art director
Stefanie Wiseman .... visual effects film loader
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects supervising matte artist
Randy Algoe .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator: vehicle stunts
Juan Maján .... stunt coordinator (as Juan Majan)
Salvador Martos Manson .... stunts (as Salvador Martos)
Anna Montalvo .... stunts
Robert Seaquist .... stunts
José Ignacio Álvarez .... stunts (as Jose Ignacio Alvarez)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... camera operator (as Eric Andersen)
Frank Batt .... dolly grip
Nobby Clark .... assistant rigging electrician (as Roy T. Clark)
Ira Curtis-Coleman .... video technician
Fermin Estebranz .... video playback operator
Raphael Garcia .... assistant camera
Federico G. Grau .... still photographer
Alec King .... rigging electrician
Juan Leiva .... assistant camera (as Juan Martín Leiva)
Domingo Martín .... assistant camera
José Luis Martínez .... gaffer
Ricardo Navarrete .... camera operator: second unit
Fernando Perrole .... assistant camera
Ray Potter .... gaffer
Francisco Ramos .... key grip
Stefan Stankowski .... first assistant camera
Animation Department
Harry J. Alpert .... animation crew
Maura Alvarez .... animation crew
Meg Freeman .... animation crew
Lisa Krepela .... animation crew
Kevin Kutchaver .... animation crew
Angie Russell .... animation crew (as Anjelica Casillas)
Marianne Tucker .... animation crew (as Mary Ann Tucker)
Casting Department
Debbie McWilliams .... casting: London
Pedro Sopeña .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vin Burnham .... costumer
Agustín Jiménez .... costumer
Patrick Wheatley .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Peter Amundson .... associate editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Magdalena Paradell .... assistant editor
María Luisa Pino .... assistant editor
Clarinda Wong .... first assistant editor
Music Department
John Arrias .... score mixer
Stephen Keator .... music supervisor
William Saracino .... music editor
Other crew
Lucía Abril García .... production secretary
Ludy Camacho .... assistant accountant
Allen Cappuccilli .... assistant: Mr. Moore
Craig Caton .... creature crew
Raúl de la Morena .... medical service
Santiago DeBenito .... assistant accountant
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist
Ken Dudderar .... production cinetechnician
Leslie Ekker .... bodhi crew chief
Ira Friedlander .... assistant production controller
Miguel Ángel González .... on-set location manager
Deborah Hakim .... production coordinator
Sam Hamann .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Leslie Hewitt .... purchasing agent (as Leslie Falkinburg)
Michael Hosch .... robot sculptor
Robin Dean Leyden .... electronics
Fernando Marquerie .... production assistant
Steven Marr .... chief electronics engineer
Mark Matthews .... production cinetechnician
Norma Paulsen .... liaison: London
Alicia Peribanez .... production assistant
Susana Prieto .... production coordinator
Mindy Rothstein .... production administrator
Adele Sanders .... unit accountant
Alberto Sanz .... skate instructor
Dana Miller Schornstein .... assistant production coordinator
Jon Schreiber .... special projects assistant (as Jon Screiber)
David Shwartz .... breakaway moldmaker
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
Robert Spurlock .... robot crew chief
Richard Stutsman .... dam crew chief
Steve Warner .... production controller
Mark West .... dam design engineer
Claire Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Edlund
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
UK:94 min | USA:94 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

A year later jami Gertz (terra) and jason Patric (jason) would appear in the lost boys (1987)See more »
Continuity: Metron's skates disappear as he pole-vaults over the fence to get into the Aqua Bunker, then they re-appear as he landsSee more »
The Warden:[words of wisdom to the Solarbabies] Remember, behavior determines existence... Stick with us, learn to serve the Order, and you'll achieve a decent life-grid.See more »
Movie Connections:
Love Will Set You FreeSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Oh come on, haters!, 11 April 2013
Author: crownofsprats

OK, firstly, you are watching (or about to watch) a movie called 'Solarbabies'. If that doesn't deter you, then you are probably at least semi-aware of what you are getting yourself into, and why. Meaning: if you are not a connoisseur of badly-aged cheese, you probably shouldn't be here.

As far as C-grade postapocalyptic movies from the 80s are concerned, this is one of the weirder ones, but very entertaining if you are into that sort of thing. The movie is for a younger audience, so no T&A or gratuitous blood & gore. However, its most audacious gamble is the way it channels postapocalyptic fascism, oppression, torture, truncheon violence (of note is the amazing Orwell-style "indoctrination" scene), and sexual desire through the prism of roller-skating, packaging it to the unsuspecting bunch of tweens & teens whose parents didn't allow them to see Mad Max when it came out.

So yeah! This group of orphans calling themselves Solarbabies basically just wants to play a futuristic combination of roller hockey and lacrosse all the time, but they are jailed up in a postapocalyptic concentration camp/police academy for 'orphans', with a heavy roller- blading component. (They can sneak out, though - the rules are pretty lax, since they are in the middle of a desert wasteland and water is scarce.) If you are sufficiently cruel, you get to join the ranks of the E-Police. If you aren't E-Police material, you are probably going to end up a hard laborer (presumably on rollerblades as well), or worse yet, be sent in for 'surgical alteration'. Anyway, one of the Solarbabies finds a magical orb in a cave and befriends it. Of course, the E-Police hate the orb and wish to destroy it. There's also a guy that befriends crows and stuff...roll film!

AWESOME: the locations (filmed in Spain, the sets give the scenery the expanse it needs to work); the level of heavy-handed oppression, courtesy of the head E-Police chief and his weird update on the Nazi commandant uniform; great chase-and-destroy scenes with armored vehicles and two shantytowns; the sexual innuendos; lasers; finally, the torture scene!! Remember, you are watching a children's movie about a magical glowing orb that befriends some orphans.

LAME: the glowing orb; the feelings of good cheer the children experience when hanging out and playing roller hockey with the orb (by that, I mean they use the sentient orb as a puck); the eco-hippy stuff; the lame attempt to make this into a metaphor for growing up confused and trying to find your place in a vast and soulless world; the lack of more oppression and truncheons in the film.

LACKING: T&A, David Carradine

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