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Roadie (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 13 June 1980 (USA)
A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous travelling rock-and-roll show.


Alan Rudolph


Big Boy Medlin (story), Michael Ventura (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meat Loaf ... Travis W. Redfish
Kaki Hunter ... Lola Bouilliabase
Art Carney ... Corpus C. Redfish
Gailard Sartain ... B.B. Muldoon
Don Cornelius ... Mohammed Johnson
Rhonda Bates Rhonda Bates ... Alice Poo
Joe Spano ... Ace
Richard Marion Richard Marion ... George
Sonny Carl Davis ... Bird (as Sonny Davis)
Ginger Varney Ginger Varney ... Weather Girl
Al Mays Al Mays ... Mohammed's Bodyguard
Cindy Wills Cindy Wills ... Prom Queen
Allan Graf ... Tiny
Merle Kilgore Merle Kilgore ... Himself
Jack Elliott ... Himself (as Ramblin' Jack Elliott)


Down home Texas boy Travis W. Redfish falls hard for Lola Bouilliabase, a glitter-spangled groupie determined to lose her virginity to Alice Cooper. Hoping to woo her, Travis signs with a travelling rock band and soon finds himself celebrated as the greatest roadie of all time. Between concerts, Travis uses his wits to make sure that the show goes on, no matter where, no matter what. This does not take long for Travis to realize that, compared to the great rock circus, there's no place like home. However, Lola's date with destiny (and Cooper) to become the greatest groupie of all time looms. Can true love survive rock 'n' roll? Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Bands make it rock, but roadies make it roll. See more »


Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A menedzser See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,002,263, 15 June 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


It's been mistakenly reported that screenplay was inspired by Alice Cooper's 1977 song "Road Rats" (a tune about roadies which he re-recorded for the film). Originally, Cooper's role was written for Mick Jagger. See more »


Corpus C. Redfish: [using the remote to shut off the large number of TVs he is constantly watching] Never did like TV.
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Features Independence Day (1976) See more »


Written by Joe Ely
Performed by Joe Ely Band
Produced by Michael Brovsky (uncredited)
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Meat Loaf's freak show
21 February 2003 | by drosse67See all my reviews

What can be said about a movie where Meat Loaf plays the most intelligent and sanest character? Maybe that was the one joke of Alan Rudolph's endurance-testing and thoroughly bizarre comedy. The characters here are totally unappealing and Meat Loaf doesn't even sing (except for one brief moment for a characteristic "duel" with the female lead, which is the high point of the movie). The rock star cameos--Roy Orbison, Hank Williams Jr., Alice Cooper, Blondie--look uninspired, as if Rudolph had no idea what to do with them. Only Debbie Harry and co. seem to be making the most of this mess, but even they look baffled. I have nothing against the "free form" style that Rudolph appeared to be aiming for--a movie with a real "rock and roll" spirit. But Rock and Roll High School (which came out one year before this) and Almost Famous (which came out 20 years later) did this much better mainly because the characters were interesting and likeable and we really cared about what happened to them. In this movie, we get a bunch of drunken, whacked-out rednecks with bad teeth. The final shot of the film sheds some light on the strange 90 minutes that preceded it, and Meat Loaf manages some inspired moments. But all in all, this is just a few notches above the "awful" mark and nothing like Rudolph's restrained later work.

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