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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

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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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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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A locker room look at the toughest broads in the world! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Mr. Stern: You see. You see what I mean about showmanship? That's why I'm the boss. I know about showmanship. That's why you're just my son-in-law. You don't know nothin' about showmanship. Now, that broad, she knows about showmanship!
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Stay Away From Karen
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Plenty of Spills But Very Few Thrills
3 July 2015 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

Fed up with being sexually harassed at work "Karen Walker" (Claudia Jennings) quits her job and auditions for a spot on the local roller derby team. She quickly recognizes that she has found her life's calling but in the process manages to alienate the rest of her team because of her unquenchable desire to steal the spotlight from them. Her unstable mental condition and total lack of discipline certainly don't help either. Now as far as this film is concerned allow me to say that it boasts of three very attractive females in Roberta Collins (as "Jennifer"), Candice Roman (as Karen's sister "Donna") along with the aforementioned Claudia Jennings. Unfortunately, even with this great lineup the film contained some rather dull scenes along with very little cohesion between them which resulted in an overall cheap atmosphere. In comparison with a similar roller derby movie made the same year, "Kansas City Bomber" was clearly the better of the two films as it was much more polished and entertaining. In short, while this movie clearly had plenty of spills it had very few thrills and I give it a point for each of the three ladies mentioned earlier. But no more than that.


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