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Roadie (2011)

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After 20 years on the road with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagros returns to his hometown to life with his ailing mother. Complications arise when he falls for an old friend, who is now married to his longtime nemesis.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Wolf ...
Lizette (as Suzette 'Azariah' Gunn)
Gary Cruz ...
Hispanic Store Owner
Male Cop
Lourdes Martin ...
Female Cop
Jarlath Conroy ...
Wes, Motel Clerk
Lynne Lipton ...
Diana Ravelo ...
Darrell Vanterpool ...


For over 20 years, Jimmy Testagross has lived his childhood dream: being a roadie for his childhood heroes, Blue Oyster Cult. But the band's Arena-Rock glory days are a distant memory. County fairs and club gigs pay the bills. And Jimmy has become a casualty of these leaner times. With no place to go, no job prospects, and no real skills outside of being a roadie, Jimmy needs to regroup. So he returns to his childhood home in Queens, Ny. There, he revisits old relationships: his ailing, widower mom, a high school crush, a former nemesis and, most importantly, his relationship with himself. Jimmy, the middle-aged man-child, has never grown up. He still carries the resentments and frustrations of his youth, and has allowed them to fester and define who and what he is. Confronted with his mother's illness, Jimmy has a choice: let go of the past and take responsibility for both himself and the woman who raised and now needs him. Or continue to live a life of lies and frustration. Written by Gerald Cuesta

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some drug content

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Release Date:

6 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,661 (USA) (6 January 2012)


$7,556 (USA) (20 January 2012)

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The song used while Jimmy is setting up the instruments for the band is "Then Came the Last Days of May" by Blue Oyster Cult. See more »


When Jimmy passes out in the car his hair is greasy and grungy. When he is awoken he gets out of the car and his hair is clean and looks like it was just blow dried. See more »

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Charming, touching character study with great music!
6 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this on Amazon.com before it hits the theaters in January. This is one of the few movies I really wanted to like before I saw it, and it did not let me down. I don't know what the nay-sayer movie critics are talking about who didn't like this film. The script has depth, there's great music, an engaging story-line, characters the audience member will care about, and humor in most ordinary, unexpected places. The actors bring their characters to life in unique ways that only those with skill and knack can bring.

Ron Eldard and Lois Smith make such a great mother-son team. They had great chemistry. I hope both get Academy award nominations. They deserve it!

I've always liked Bobby Cannavale ever since "Will & Grace". He and Jill Hennessy do excellent jobs in their supporting roles.

The whole feel of the film is authenticity and spontaneity, as if we're truly eavesdropping on these characters' lives. There's nothing staged or "actorish" about this film.

Love the BOC music. Its great to hear some of their lesser played, but no less great "other" hits. And its nice that Ron's character gives the band and Buck Dharma's genius permanent celluloid recognition that is overdue.

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