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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 ... Self
Jack Elliott ... Self (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 story of a boy and his equipment. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A menedzser See more »

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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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The filmmakers intended to show the spaceship at the movie's ending, but the cable holding the ship snapped during a test, and the expensive prop was destroyed. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: [the Hank & Jerry show, on the TV in the limo during a car chase scene] People just don't know how to do chase scenes any more.
Hank: You're right. Now, in Mack Sennett's chase scenes, people actually got killed.
Jerry: That's what I mean. Nobody dies for comedy any more.
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Rock and roll cult movie
16 August 2005 | by michaelbauersSee all my reviews

This movie, in my opinion has many of the features of a cult classic.

The acting is uneven, the comedy is uneven, and the plot is a cliché.

But the movie is worth watching (as a cult movie,) for a number of reasons.

1) Ecletic and enjoyable sound track including a fun cover of Ring of Fire (and you can't experience too many covers of Ring of Fire.) 2) A mix of different comic elements such as an amusing car chase, and Forest Gump like moments where Redfish is simply in the right place at the right time 3) Great rock and roll cameos 4) Occasional surreal moments, if you like that kind of thing

Another part I found refreshing was doing a rock and roll movie involving a groupie with no gratuitous sex or nudity. I have nothing against those things, but its refreshing to see a movie that had no need for them.

If you take the movie seriously for a minute, or are looking for a consistent style of humor you will be disappointed. You need to be the sort of person who likes off beat movies simply because they are offbeat.


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