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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
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Much of the script was rewritten during filming by Needham and Dirk Benedict. Writers/producers Shel Lytton and Steve Burkow - who were also attorneys - filed a lawsuit against director Hal Needham for making changes to their script. The lawsuit prevented the film from being released in theaters. See more »
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 »
Anyone who is cynical about this movie obviously does not know anything about excellent movies. This movie had it all, highlighted by an excellent performance by midget Billy Barty in what was surely the best job that he's done out of his 67 roles, superb acting jobs by Roddy Piper, Lou Albano, and Sam Fatu, and of course the excellent music of Kicks. Plus, the guy from the A-Team is just a tremendous leading man. The world was waiting for a movie such as this one, and when it arrived, the world was overwhelmed, so it didn't get as much credit as it should have. Still, like fine wine, the movie has gotten better with age, as we can now look back at it with a historical perspective and enjoy it that much more. If every movie were like Bodyslam, the world would be a much better place. I highly suggest this movie. If you miss it, I dare to say that you haven't truly lived.
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