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Roller Boogie (1979)

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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Details

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

After the box-office success of Grease (1978), John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were considered for the leads. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, a maid goes upstairs at Terry's house, passing Terry on her way down to meet her parents for breakfast. When Terry arrives, the maid is serving her parents at the dining table. See more »

Quotes

Hoppy: [lifting weights] Okay, put another 20 pounds on that, boy!
Phones: Wha? Another 20 pounds, Mazssah Hoppy? Why, shore 'nuff, sir!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob Movie (2012) See more »

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Hell on Wheels
by Mavis (as Michele Aller)/Bob Esty
Performed by Cher
Courtesy of Casablanca Records and Filmworks Inc.
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"Look, you're not some bimbo from the boardwalk. Are you sure you wanna do it?"
6 January 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Rich girl (Linda Blair), whose parents just don't understand her love of roller skating, falls for a goofy-looking dude from the wrong side of the tracks. Roller skating dramatics ensue. Made from cheese, this tired relic of the disco era is impossible to take seriously today. It's objectively terrible in every way but one -- unintentional humor. There's a lot to make fun of and laugh at here. The premise alone is laughably absurd. It's by-the-numbers predictable if you've seen pretty much any movie ever. Cherub-faced Linda Blair was growing up (and out) and was anxious for everybody to notice, so director Mark Lester gives her curves plenty of attention. But she's overshadowed by her boobtacular gal pal Kimberly Beck, who's practically overflowing from every top she wears. Professional roller skater Jim Bray plays the male lead in his only movie. He's a pretty bad actor but he's a groovy skater. Vets Beverly Garland and Mark Goddard do little to help things. It's a crappy movie but it is good for some yuks. Oh, and if you're a fan of short shorts, you should check this out. But be warned -- not everyone who is wearing shorts in this should be.


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