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Roller Boogie (1979)

PG | | Drama, Music | 21 December 1979 (USA)
Skaters band together to keep their roller-disco open.

Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writers:

Barry Schneider (screenplay), Irwin Yablans (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Terry Barkley
Jim Bray ... Bobby James
Beverly Garland ... Lillian Barkley
Roger Perry ... Roger Barkley
James Van Patten ... Hoppy (as Jimmy Van Patten)
Kimberly Beck ... Lana
Sean McClory ... Jammer Delany
Mark Goddard ... Thatcher
Albert Insinnia ... Gordo
Stoney Jackson ... Phones
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... D.J.
Christopher S. Nelson Christopher S. Nelson ... Franklin (as Chris Nelson)
Patrick Wright ... Sgt. Danner
Dorothy Meyer Dorothy Meyer ... Ada
Shelley Golden Shelley Golden ... Mrs. Potter
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Storyline

Beyond ensuring that she makes it into Julliard as a flautist for the upcoming fall term, wealthy Lillian and Roger Barkley largely neglect their teenaged daughter, Terry Barkley. Although Terry doesn't try to hide the facts from them, her parents have no idea that she hates the flute and the associated music, has no desire to attend Julliard, and spends all her time on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks with her friend Lana roller skating on the Venice Beach boardwalk with the legions of other roller skaters. There, she attracts the attention of Bobby James, the hotshot skater who rightly believes he is headed to the next Olympics. Terry initially rebuffs Bobby's advances, until she asks him to teach her how to dance so that they can compete in the upcoming roller boogie contest at Jammer's, the local skating rink owned by Jammer Delaney, a former roller derby star. Terry and Bobby's relationship eventually becomes more than just about skating. But the roller boogie contest and ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

It's love on wheels!

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Challengers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$767,854, 23 December 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,253,715
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As soon as principal photography ended, Linda Blair had to fly to Florida to appear in court following her arrest for cocaine possession. See more »

Goofs

When Terry falls during the conga line scene, her wheel comes off. When she holds it up, the bearings are missing. When she goes upstairs to Jammer's supply room to get a lock nut, the wheel is on her skates. When they overhear a conversation and run down the stairs without the lock nut they went for, the wheel is still intact on her skates. See more »

Quotes

Franklin Potter: Our little genius is throwing a temper tantrum!
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Connections

Featured in TCM Underground: The Apple/Roller Boogie (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Cunga
by Bob Esty (as Esty)
Performed by Bob Esty
Courtesy of Casablanca Records and Filmworks Inc.
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Oh my goodness gracious
15 June 2005 | by artemishdcSee all my reviews

Yes, I rated this a 7 out of a 10....I only gave it a 7 because I haven't seen it since I was 7 years old......don't know if it's the 10 I used to think it was hee hee I loved Roller Boogie hee hee...I must have watched that movie a million times when I was a kid.

When I was a kid I also didn't care about the plot...All I thought was beaches, skating, pretty girl, pretty boy...happy ending.

I'm afraid that if I see it now I'll be supremely disappointed by my childhood innocence like I was with Saturday Night Fever...whew...I had no idea what was going on there until I saw it when I got older..again I had tunnel vision as a kid. I could only think about the dancing.

If you want to see Linda Blair not controlled by the devil and have some campy fun...go for it!!!! Don't be a snob:)


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