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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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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, 25 December 1979

Gross USA:

$13,253,715

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,253,715
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Barbara Guedel an artistic roller skater from California, did Linda Blair's skating during the Boogie contest. See more »

Goofs

When Terry plays the flute in the classical ensemble, she adjusts her skirt with one of her hands during the final chord. The flute part ends on a concert D, and the flute fingering for that note requires both hands. See more »

Quotes

Terry Barkley: If I'm old enough to be on my own; then, I'm old enough to make my own decisions. I do not want to play the flute. I do not want to go to Juilliard. I do not want to be paired off with Franklin Potter. He is a lecherous jackass! And I never want to hear another string quartet again in my life!
Lillian Barkley: Well, now that we know what you don't want, what is it that you do?
Terry Barkley: Now, I want to win a Roller Boogie contest down at the beach.
Lillian Barkley: A Roller Boogie contest?
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Connections

Referenced in La rosa de Guadalupe: Vestida de niño (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Cunga
by Bob Esty (as Esty)
Performed by Bob Esty
Courtesy of Casablanca Records and Filmworks Inc.
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Campy cult classic about roller boogie scene in California
17 June 2000 | by eightieserinSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie dozens of times and rate it as one of the best cult movies ever made. Great soundtrack featuring a song by Cher. A must see for fans of the late seventies. Linda Blair is a rebellious rich kid who falls in love with an ambitious, poor street skater. Together they thwart a mafia plan to close the local skating rink where a skating competition is going to be held. Amazing skating sequences featuring Venice Beach locals doing their thing. Hilarious and completely unbelievable street chase scene with limos vs. skaters...must see it to believe it. I was especially impressed with the performance of Jim Bray, who plays Linda Blair's love interest. Bray was cast because he was an actual champion skater of his day and he did admirably well in his acting debut. Not only is he an amazing skater but also comes off with an honest and believable acting style and he will remind any 30 something of someone they knew in highschool. The plot may be predictable and the dialog is somewhat canned and badly edited, but this movie captures that carefree, feel good era that has long gone by.


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