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The Unholy Rollers (1972)

Karen wants more action out of life and quits her job at the cannery to become a skater in the roller derby. She encounters friction from the other skaters - especially Mickey, the current ... See full summary »


Vernon Zimmerman


Howard R. Cohen (screenplay), Vernon Zimmerman (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Jennings ... Karen Walker
Louis Quinn ... Mr. Stern
Betty Anne Rees ... Mickey
Roberta Collins ... Jennifer
Alan Vint ... Greg
Candice Roman Candice Roman ... Donna
Jay Varela ... Nick
Charlene Jones Charlene Jones ... Beverly Brayton
Joe E. Tata Joe E. Tata ... Marshall
Maxine Gates Maxine Gates ... Angie Striker
Kathleen Freeman ... Karen's Mother
John Harmon ... Doctor
Karl Rizzo Karl Rizzo ... Referee
Mike Miller Mike Miller ... Referee
John Steadman ... Guard


Karen wants more action out of life and quits her job at the cannery to become a skater in the roller derby. She encounters friction from the other skaters - especially Mickey, the current number one star of the team. Karen proves herself a feisty competitor but refuses to be a team player. As she skates her way to roller stardom, she incurs the wrath of jealous team members and the owner of the team. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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On the boards she's a skull cracker at 40 m.p.h. On a date she really plays rough! See more »


Action | Comedy | Drama | Sport


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The original soundtrack was replaced by a Kendall Schmidt synthesizer score for the HBO VHS release in 1986. See more »


At the gun range, the outline of a mic and connecting wire is visible under Nick's shirt. See more »


Foreman: I heard you talked to Mr. Talahanty
Karen Walker: Yeah! I talked to him.
Foreman: You don't talk to Talahanty about nuthin'. You talk to me!
Karen Walker: I got nuthin' to talk to you about.
Foreman: [Grabs her behind] You talk to me about a raise.
Karen Walker: I told you to keep your hands off me!
Foreman: Listen, Walker, you want that raise, you better change your work habits a little bit.
[Squeezes Karen's breast]
Foreman: Stop off at the office, Walker, we'll talk about that raise.
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Featured in Beverly Hills, 90210: Fade In, Fade Out (1996) See more »


Stay Away From Karen
Written by Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
Sung by Louie and the Rockets
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Nasty but nice, down and dirty derby drama
27 August 2017 | by downahatchSee all my reviews

A Roger Corman production from the 70's so you know it's funny, sleazy, plot less and gratuitous but never boring, there's always something happening on screen. Claudia Jennings dominates as Karen Walker, a cat food factory worker who gets cheesed off and becomes a roller derby queen. She gives a tough-as-nails performance, spitting her lines in a manner not unlike the actresses in John Waters' early films. Other stand-outs include Louis Quinn as a cynical promoter and Alan Vint doing a hilarious take on the "roommate's boyfriend" character. It's an obvious attempt to cash in on Kansas City Bomber (apparently started while KCB was still in production) replacing Raquel Welch's vulnerability with Claudia Jennings' unapologetic approach and ladling on plenty of sleaze. So what's not to like?

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Release Date:

10 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leader of the Pack See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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