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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 »

Director:

Vernon Zimmerman

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Queen of the Jammers! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast list incorrectly shows Mitch Mitchell (drummer for Jimi Hendrix) as playing Horace McKay. See more »

Goofs

At the gun range, after firing all the rounds Nick, empties the spent rounds, but it is obvious the rounds weren't fired, with the bullet and shell still intact. See more »

Quotes

Karen Walker: You think the next time you come barging in here, you could knock first!
Mr. Stern: When you pay the rent, you don't have to knock.
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Connections

Edited into Hollywood Boulevard (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Stay Away From Karen
Written by Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
Sung by Louie and the Rockets
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Surprisingly dull look at an exploitive sport
28 October 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This was an attempt by American-International Pictures to cash in on the publicity for the highly publicized KANSAS CITY BOMBER, also released in 1972. Actually, it's more like Roger Corman's attempt to do so, because while A.I.P. footed the bill, it was a Corman show all the way (even though he had already started his own movie company/distribution outfit, New World Pictures, two years earlier.) In fact, it has the same look and sparse production values as New World movies of the earlier '70s, making you wonder if A.I.P. gave Corman little to spend, or if Corman pocketed a lot of the budget.

Whatever the case, the end result is pretty boring to sit though, despite the showcased sport (roller derby) and the presence of B movie queen Claudia Jennings. The first few minutes aren't bad, promising an energetic and wacky look at the behind-the-scenes of roller derby, but then the movie suddenly takes a turn to the deadly serious. Sure, there are catfights, nudity, and clobberings on the roller ring, but there's no feeling of fun to it all. Actually, much of the movie focuses on boring bickering and chattering between the characters. To make matters worse, the print of the movie currently playing on cable eliminates the original music score and substitutes bland muzak that results in the viewing experience becoming more of a slog to get through.


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