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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.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

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

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 ... Merle Kilgore
Jack Elliott ... Jack Elliott (as Ramblin' Jack Elliott)
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Storyline

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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The ultimate rock 'n' roll fantasy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The line "Everything works if you let it" is also the title of the song by Cheap Trick. See more »

Quotes

Lola Bouilliabase: The musicians make it rock, but the roadies make it roll!
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Connections

Features Independence Day (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Raise Hell
Written by Rick Nielsen
Performed by Cheap Trick
Courtesy of Epic Records
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A bonafide B-movie cult classic
12 November 2003 | by suebee88See all my reviews

I'm probably one of about 5 people in the world who actually saw this in the theatres back in 1980, and I am absolutely thrilled it's now out on DVD. The film is a bonafide B-movie cult classic. Anyone who has ever lived in Austin, particularly in the pre-90's high-tech boom, will treasure the asthetics of the film. It has all the elements that make Austin the weird, unique town that it is. It totally stereotypes Texans, which makes it all the more funny to this Texan. People who don't understand Austin (or Texas) won't get the film, and probably won't like it.

High points of the film include a Hank Williams Jr./Roy Orbison duet singing "The Eyes of Texas" (the school song of the University of Texas at Austin) to break up a bar brawl; a high-speed chase through downtown Austin involving Austin police, a Lone Star Beer truck, and a limousine; and an outdoor rock concert, the "Rock N Roll Circus", featuring Blondie singing a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire". Notice the racetrack to the above right of the stage, which is supposed to be located somewhere in Idaho. Austinites will recognize it as Manor Downs.

I recommend the film to anyone who enjoys a mindless, entertaining movie. Brain power is not needed to see this film, and is actually discouraged.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,002,263, 15 June 1980

Gross USA:

$4,226,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,226,370
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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