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Body Slam (1986)

M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!)... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Needham

Writers:

Shel Lytton (story), Shel Lytton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Benedict ... M. Harry Smilac
Tanya Roberts ... Candace Vandervagen
Roddy Piper ... Quick Rick Roberts
Lou Albano ... Captain Lou Murano
Barry Gordon ... Sheldon Brockmeister
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Vic Carson
Billy Barty ... Tim McClusky
John Astin ... Scotty
Sam Fatu Sam Fatu ... Tonga Tom (as The Tonga Kid - Sam Fatu)
Dani Crayne ... Bitsy Vandervagen (as Dani Janssen)
Sydney Lassick ... Shapiro
John Fujioka ... Mr. Kim
Afa Anoai Afa Anoai ... The Samoans
Sika Anoai Sika Anoai ... The Samoans
Kellie Martin ... Missy Roberts
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Storyline

M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!). When making arrangements for a campaign fund-raiser, he mistakes Rick Roberts, a professional wrestler, for a musician and hires him. At that moment he becomes a wrestling manager and starts to book matches for him and his teammate Tonga Tom. The team is a success, and Harry decides to take his wrestlers and his band on a "Rock n' Wrestling" tour. The tour is a success, and Harry feels what it is like to be a winner again. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Comedy | Music | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock e Boxe See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,520, 23 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,926
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (CFI)
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Trivia

During the filming of final match, the crowd began to heckle the wrestlers because they could clearly see that their blows were faked. At that time, wrestlers publicly maintained that everything that they did in the ring was real. But the wrestlers had to pull their punches for the sake of being able to shoot multiple takes. Suddenly, a fight broke out between Roddy Piper and one of the Cannibals leading to a bloody brawl involving all of the wrestlers. Director Hal Needham, a former stuntman, jumped in to stop them but was tossed out of the ring. The brawl was eventually broken up leaving the audience, cast, and crew stunned. Later that day, Piper revealed to Dirk Benedict that the wrestlers had improvised the fight in order to get the audience to believe that wrestling was real again. See more »

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Despite being attacked, the band's music keeps playing as if was meant to be a "live" performance. Despite the instruments being tossed around, the music keeps playing See more »

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The Time Is Right
Written by Michael Lloyd
Performed by Jimmy Scarlet & The Dimensions
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Funny Wrestling Movie
25 July 2004 | by jefftranhuangSee all my reviews

This movie is very funny. It has a great cast of famous Wrestlers from the 70s and 80s. Bruno Samartino, Rick Flair, Freddie Blassie, The Sheik, Capt. Lou Ablano, The Samonans, The Towers Of Pain, Roddy Pipper, and a few more. Overall the plot isn't that interesting, and some parts are kind of dumb, but it is all worth it for the ending. At the end the legendary Chick Hern gets to announce tag team championship title match. Chick did an amazing job announcing that wrestling match. That just proves how Chick Hern is the best announcer of all time. No other sports announcer can call a professional wrestling match that good. I would even watch snails race if Chick Hern was the announcer. Plus also the famous baseball announcer Harry Carry was in it too. This movie is a must see for all fans of 80s Wrestling or for fans of the Lakers.


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