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M. Harry Smilac
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Candace Vandervagen
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Quick Rick Roberts
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Sheldon Brockmeister
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Vic Carson
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Tim McClusky
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Scotty
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Tonga Tom
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Bitsy Vandervagen
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Shapiro
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Mr. Kim
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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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During the filming of final match, the crowd began to heckle the wrestlers because they could clearly see that their blows were faked. At that time, wrestlers publicly maintained that everything that they did in the ring was real. But the wrestlers had to pull their punches for the sake of being able to shoot multiple takes. Suddenly, a fight broke out between Roddy Piper and one of the Cannibals leading to a bloody brawl involving all of the wrestlers. Director Hal Needham, a former stuntman, jumped in to stop them but was tossed out of the ring. The brawl was eventually broken up leaving the audience, cast, and crew stunned. Later that day, Piper revealed to Dirk Benedict that the wrestlers had improvised the fight in order to get the audience to believe that wrestling was real again. 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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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.161 (2010) See more »

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My Body Keeps Changin' My Mind
Written by Leslie Pearl & Darryl E. Ross
Performed by Moses Tyson Jr.
Published by Michael O'Connor Music (BMI)
Produced by Darryl E. Ross for Rosswax Music Corp.
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Let me slam this movie
6 October 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Body Slam" was originally intended to be a major theatrical release by its distributor (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group), but legal troubles resulted in the movie being barely released to theaters. That was probably a good thing, because I can't picture this movie getting a good reception even with a major release behind it. The script is pretty awful for one thing. Quite often it seems that the movie is making things up as it goes along. And the kind of humor on display here would even make rednecks feel that their intelligence is being insulted. Hal Needham's direction makes the movie feel like it was made for television instead of theaters, and Dirk Benedict's character is extremely annoying. Is there anything of merit here? Actually, real-life wrestler Roddy Piper actually shows some charisma and likability, so it's no surprise he managed to make a number of movies despite the otherwise wretched quality of this debut for him.


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