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Body Slam (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Music, Sport | 21 May 1987 (USA)
M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!)... See full summary »

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M. Harry Smilac
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Candace Vandervagen
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Quick Rick Roberts
Lou Albano ...
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Sheldon Brockmeister
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Vic Carson
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Tim McClusky
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Scotty
Sam Fatu ...
Tonga Tom (as The Tonga Kid - Sam Fatu)
Dani Crayne ...
Bitsy Vandervagen (as Dani Janssen)
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Shapiro
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Mr. Kim
Afa Anoai ...
The Samoans
Sika Anoai ...
The Samoans
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Missy Roberts
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M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!). When making arrangements for a campaign fund-raiser, he mistakes Rick Roberts, a professional wrestler, for a musician and hires him. At that moment he becomes a wrestling manager and starts to book matches for him and his teammate Tonga Tom. The team is a success, and Harry decides to take his wrestlers and his band on a "Rock n' Wrestling" tour. The tour is a success, and Harry feels what it is like to be a winner again. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Comedy | Music | Sport

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Dirk Benedict worked on the film between seasons of The A-Team (1983). See more »

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Despite being attacked, the band's music keeps playing as if was meant to be a "live" performance. Despite the instruments being tossed around, the music keeps playing See more »

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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock 'N' Roll Hearts
Written by Jack D'Amore & Peter Beckett
Performed by Kick
Published by Momars Music (ASCAP)
Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp. and Peter Beckett Music (BMI)
Produced by Paul Fox & Dennis McKay
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Cheesy, but fun
12 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this movie is quite dated (as is evidenced by Dirk Benedicts awesome 80's-style pleated leather pants at the beginning of the film) it is still a good representation of how the old wrestling territories/promoters used to operate before the WWF/NWA/WCW took over and essentially eliminated the need for them.

The movie is a nice time capsule if you were into wrestling in that era, and that is all. If you weren't a fan of wrestling, then you will find nothing of this movie that would appeal to you whatsoever (outside of the still smoking hot Tanya Roberts who looks AMAZING in this movie). It is about 1980's wrestling and 1980's wrestling promotion - period.

Still, despite the obvious cheesiness that the movie exudes and its ultra-adherence to 1980's fashion/fads, it is still fun for the particular demographic of movie fan that would appreciate it. I remember watching this movie on a rainy, boring Saturday afternoon as a kid on a local independent station back in 1987/1988 and instantly loved the movie. I could only recommend it for the true wrestling fans out there, but not for anyone else.


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