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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Candace Vandervagen
Captain Lou Murano
Sheldon Brockmeister
Vic Carson
Tim McClusky
Sam Fatu ...
Tonga Tom (as The Tonga Kid - Sam Fatu)
Bitsy Vandervagen (as Dani Janssen)
Mr. Kim
Afa Anoai ...
The Samoans
Sika Anoai ...
The Samoans
Missy Roberts


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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Release Date:

21 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rock e Boxe  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,520, 23 November 1986, Limited Release

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Released on VHS by CBS/Fox Video in Australia and New Zealand in 1989. See more »


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 »


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


Body Slam
Written by Michael Lloyd
Performed by Debbie Lytton
Published by KOM Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Michael Lloyd
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A funny look into wrestling back in the 80's.
5 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is not the greatest film ever mind you, but for what it was I found it a funny film with a lot of interesting elements. Dirk Benedict is the star of this one as a guy who is trying to establish something he calls rock and wrestling which of course combines wrestling and a rock band. Dirk plays a bit of an agent and he is trying to not only to promote a band, but also looking out for two wrestling stars. They run afoul though of another promoter and that is what leads to the clashes in this one. Though in the end you know the film is heading to a great big showdown between Dirk's team and Captain Lou's team. The humor is good though as there is a really nice scene at a country place and the final showdown is funny for the fact the one announcer really annoys Billy Barty's character. I sort of liked wrestling when I saw this and will always prefer the old stuff to today's mainly because now it just seems so wrong watching guys in tights and oiled with big muscles grinding each other, in fact it seems really gay. Back then it was a bit too, but at least they did not quite look as oiled. This one though has some laughs and is a nice time capsule type movie.

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