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Roller Boogie (1979)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Terry Barkley
... Bobby James
... Lillian Barkley
... Roger Barkley
... Hoppy (as Jimmy Van Patten)
... Lana
... Jammer Delany
... Thatcher
... Gordo
... Phones
M.G. Kelly ... D.J.
Christopher S. Nelson ... Franklin (as Chris Nelson)
... Sgt. Danner
Dorothy Meyer ... Ada
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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It's love on wheels!

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Drama | Music

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21 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les Challengers  »

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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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Trivia

Jim Bray's only film role. See more »

Goofs

Bobby keeps talking about going to the Olympics. Roller skating is not an Olympic sport. See more »

Quotes

Bobby James: Do you have a mental problem or something? First you want to skate then you don't want to skate.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Heaven's Gate: Part 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Wonderland
by Allee Willis/Jon Lind
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
Courtesy of ARC Records (Divisin of Columbia Records)
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Oh my goodness gracious
15 June 2005 | by See 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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