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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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Genres:

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

There are seven WWE Hall of Famers in the movie: Bruno Sanmartino, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, "Classie" Freddie Blassie, Afa & Sika "The Wild Samoans", Captain Lou Albano. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.161 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Takin' Care Of Business
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Published by Randy Bachman Music Procan for Canada and Topsoil Music (BMI) for USA
Produced by Scott Carswell & Randy Bachman
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Classic 80s Movie
31 July 2009 | by catchascatchcan2004See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was 12 years old, and I absolutely loved it then, and I still love it to this day.

This is a movie about pro wrestling that does not take itself seriously at all. Dirk Benedict plays the slimy manager type to the hilt, but with a hint of sincerity and humor that make you alternately want to see him succeed and get his ass kicked.

Piper and Fatu are golden as the naive wrestlers who buy Benedict's spiel about taking them to the top.

Captain Lou Albano makes an appearance as the even slimier ex-manager of Piper, and when he finds out that Piper has left him for Benedict's character, he employs the likes of Teijo Khan and the Barbarian to exact revenge on Piper and Tonga.

Tanya Roberts is smokin' hot as Benedict's love interest, and there are hilarious cameos by Charles Nelson Reilly, Billy Barty, and a host of legendary wrestlers.

Yeah, it's cheesy, yeah, it's dorky, but Body Slam is everything an 80s comedy should be - funny, silly, and over the top.


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