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Solarbabies (1986)

In a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the military, a group of renegade teenage orphans find a legendary orb, Bohdai, that can supposedly bring the rain back to dried up Earth.

Director:

Alan Johnson

Writers:

Walon Green (screenplay), D.A. Metrov (screenplay) (as Douglas Anthony Metrov)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan ... Grock
Jami Gertz ... Terra
Jason Patric ... Jason
Lukas Haas ... Daniel
James Le Gros ... Metron
Claude Brooks Claude Brooks ... Rabbit
Peter DeLuise ... Tug
Peter Kowanko Peter Kowanko ... Gavial (as Pete Kowanko)
Adrian Pasdar ... Darstar
Sarah Douglas ... Shandray
Charles Durning ... The Warden
Frank Converse ... Greentree
Terrence Mann ... Ivor
Alexei Sayle ... Malice
Bruce Payne ... Dogger
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Storyline

In a future in which most water has disappeared from the Earth, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers, who are living at an orphanage, run by the despotic rulers of the new Earth. The group in question plays a hockey based game on roller skates and is quite good. It has given them a unity that transcends the attempts to bring them to heel by the government. Finding an orb of special power, they find it has unusual effects on them. They escape from the orphanage (on skates) and try to cross the wasteland looking for a place they can live free as the stormtroopers search for them and the orb. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Spectacular science-fiction/adventure on blazing skates! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Solar Warriors See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,579,260
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dune (1984) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) are influences behind the film. See more »

Goofs

At the end, as the credits roll, all of the Solarbabies are swimming in the surf. But throughout the movie there is a water shortage. Where did the ocean come from? See more »

Quotes

Jason: [after Darstar has stolen Bodhi, and Daniel has gone after them alone] ... Blowing this Orphanage won't be like sneaking off to the Arena. It's not gonna be 20 meters in a ditch for this one, if we get caught; it's gonna mean a Mainstream Labor Site for us.
Metron: Yeah, or maybe worse.
Rabbit: What could be worse than THAT?
Metron: Try SURGICAL ALTERATION. Ever heard of it?
Terra: They've conditioned us here to be so afraid. There's gotta be a place to go. *We were not born here.* We had parents on the outside, families who ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Love Will Set You Free
Written by Smokey Robinson and Ivory Stone
Performed by Smokey Robinson
Courtesy of Motown Records/Taj Mahal Music
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Rollerskating orphans vs fascist government
5 January 2007 | by sqwrllSee all my reviews

If you don't love cheesy scifi....are too cool and all, don't bother. I mean it. But if magic alien spheres, weird roller sports, tiretown, and eco warriors make you happy, than this is your movie. It has a subtle beauty. 80s madness at its best. From the misunderstood tribal kid who calls birds to the cool mascot hearing impaired kid, its just, well its just....just see it. The hair and music alone are worth it, even if you do not realize how awesome the story is. Check out the cut offs. The only conceivable reason this movie is not in any hall of fame is because there is no award for Best Cheesy Sci Fi, or ...people just suck. Givin that, I am sure there IS an award somewhere. So do not deny yourself the futuristic bad news bears on skates. Why, afraid you may pull out those old hot pink wheeled roller-skates you know you have? Afraid you may try to save the world in a spray painted tank top? I know I am.


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