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A down-on-his-luck music manager for the fictional rock band Kick finds his luck changing when he by mistake also starts managing a successful wrestling duo.

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M. Harry Smilac
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Candace Vandervagen
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Quick Rick Roberts
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Captain Lou Murano
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Sheldon Brockmeister
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Vic Carson
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Tim McClusky
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Scotty
Sam Fatu ...
Tonga Tom (as The Tonga Kid - Sam Fatu)
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Bitsy Vandervagen (as Dani Janssen)
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Shapiro
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Mr. Kim
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The Samoans
Sika Anoai ...
The Samoans
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Missy Roberts
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Axe the Cannibal (as The Barbarian - Sione Vailahi)
Tom Kasat ...
Hammer the Cannibal (as Tjioe Khan)
Linda Hoy ...
Convention Center Receptionist
Phil Rubenstein ...
Tom McMillan
Jack D'Amore ...
Kick-The Band
Kelley Dillard ...
Kick-The Band
David Hallowren ...
Kick-The Band
Bruce Wallenstein ...
Kick-The Band
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Elmo Smithfield
Jeff Knoerle ...
Little Will Hutchins
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Pee Wee Hutchins
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Organist
Ron Ulstad ...
Norton Wilshire
M.G. Kelly ...
TV Interviewer
Valerie Reynolds ...
Rich Wife
Jessica Korn ...
Teenage Girl
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Jessica
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Kid in Parking Lot (as Chris Lytton)
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Kid in Parking Lot
Hazel Shermet ...
Miss Brooks
John Stinson ...
Herb Brown
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Ring Official
Ken Farber ...
Referee
Ricky Wilson ...
Referee
Jesse Lizarraga ...
Referee
Juan Hernández ...
Referee (as Juan Hernandez)
Robert Barry ...
Ring Announcer
Don Bovingloh ...
Announcer 'Night with Norton' (voice) (as Don Boevingloh)
Chick Hearn ...
Booth Announcer
Jay Johnstone ...
Booth Announcer
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Levy - Auto Dealer
Gray Daniels ...
Repo Man
Ciri Evans ...
Aerobics Teacher
Tammy Brewer ...
Harry's Girlfriend
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Girl in Bikini (as Leslee Bremer)
Debi Greco ...
Vandervagen Maid
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Man in Wheelchair
Aesop Aquarian ...
Man in Wheelchair's Friend (as Steven Morrell)
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Lady on Bus (as Jeré Fields)
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Self
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Self (as Rick Flair)
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Self
Adnan Al-Kaissy ...
Self (as Sheik Al Kaissy)
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The Mad Russian (as Alexia Smirnoff)
Jay S. York ...
The Alaskan (as Jay York)
Edward Carter ...
Buddha Khan
Pistol Pete Marquez ...
Pistol Pete (as Pedro Marquez)
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Jack 'Wildman' Armstrong ...
Self (uncredited)
Clyde Lucas ...
Man on Bus (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hal Needham

Written by

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Shel Lytton ... (story)
 
Shel Lytton ... (screenplay) and
Steve Burkow ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Steve Burkow ... associate producer
Mike Curb ... producer
Graham Henderson ... co-producer
Shel Lytton ... producer
Alexander Tabrizi ... associate producer

Music by

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John D'Andrea
Michael Lloyd

Cinematography by

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Michael Shea ... director of photography (as Mike Shea)

Film Editing by

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Randy D. Thornton ... (as Randy Thornton)

Editorial Department

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Eddie Briggs ... color timer
Helene Harris ... post-production coordinator
Mike Klein ... assistant film editor
Jeff Kress ... assistant film editor (as Jeffrey F. Kress)
Bob Mills ... editorial production assistant
Lisa Morlas ... assistant film editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein ... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
John R. Sather ... apprentice film editor
Frederick S. Taylor ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Paul Bengston
David Cohn

Art Direction by

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Pamela B. Warner

Set Decoration by

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Donald Elmblad ... (as Don Elmblad II)

Costume Design by

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Jerry R. Allen ... (as Jerry Allen)

Makeup Department

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Sheryl Berkoff ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Jeanne Van Phue ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist

Production Management

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Mary Eilts ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tom Connors ... first assistant director
Janet G. Knutsen ... second assistant director (as Janet Knutsen McCann)
Keri L. McIntyre ... dga trainee (as Keri Mc Intyre)
Gail Seely ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Richard Auton ... swing person
Barbara Benz ... property master
Steven Markus ... lead man
Quinn Monahan ... construction coordinator
Jeffrey Moore ... art department roadie (as Jeff Moore)
Frederick B. Van Brunt ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Barney Cabral ... supervising sound editor
Patrick Cabral ... assistant sound editor
Michael Evje ... production sound
Charles Grenzbach ... re-recording mixer (as Charles 'Bud' Grenzbach)
Mark Hollingsworth ... sound editor
Jerry Jacobson ... adr editor
Diane Marshall ... foley artist
James M. McCann ... production sound (as James McCann)
Gary Mundheim ... sound editor
Richard D. Rogers ... re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Bruce Stambler ... supervising sound editor
Justine Vacco ... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit ... supervising sound editor (as Michael Wilhoit)
John Wilkinson ... re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)

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James M. Hart ... special effects (as Jim Hart)
Howard Jensen ... special effects
Jerry D. Williams ... special effects (as Jerry Williams)

Stunts

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Gregory J. Barnett ... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Billy Bates ... stunts
Ray Bickel ... stunts
May Boss ... stunts (as Mae Boss)
Stephanie Epper ... stunts
James M. Halty ... stunts (as Jimmy Halty)
Norman Howell ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard Bota ... first assistant camera
Donald Burghardt ... second assistant camera
Christopher Leon Fenney ... best boy electric
Tony Friedkin ... still photographer (as Anthony Friedkin)
Paul Hughen ... additional assistant camera
Michael Listorti ... grip (as Michael E. Listorti)
Stephen B. Martinez ... electrician
Robert C. New ... additional camera operator (as Robert New)
Ross Reynolds ... pilot: camera helicopter
Andrew Roach ... gaffer
Clive Sacke ... additional assistant camera
R.J. Sharp ... grip (as R.J. 'Scuff' Sharp)
Patrick T. Shea ... camera operator
Michael Stocks ... best boy grip
Paul Weiss ... electrician
Terry Wimmer ... dolly grip / key grip

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Pamela Sparks ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dolores C. Burke ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Elaine Lipton ... location manager

Music Department

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Phil Gernhard ... music supervisor
Tamara Ginn ... music video coordinator
Jimmy Scarlet & The Dimensions ... soundtrack artist
Ken Johnson ... music editor
Kick ... soundtrack artist
Steve Livingston ... music editor (as Stephen Livingston)
Leslie Pearl ... soundtrack artist
Darryl E. Ross ... soundtrack artist
Moses Tyson Jr. ... soundtrack artist

Script and Continuity Department

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Hope Williams ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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William R. Bates ... transportation captain (as William Bates)
Moore Brian ... driver (as Brian Moore)
Dennis Clark ... shotmaker driver (as Dennis R. Clark)
Steven Hofmann ... driver
Glen McRaven ... driver: honeywagon
Jim Morange ... transportation coordinator (as James C. Morange)
Aaron Zorn ... driver

Other crew

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Dale Benson ... production consultant
Billy Brill ... special creative consultant
Christopher S. Capp ... production assistant
Joe Crane ... promotion crew
Maureen Duffy ... production secretary
Mark Feller ... production assistant
Gayle Goldin ... production coordinator (as Gayle H. Goldin)
Debi Greco ... executive assistant to Mr. Needham
M.B. Hanrahan ... promotion crew
Bart Heimburger ... production assistant
Michael Hendrickson ... production assistant
Karen Hill ... assistant: Mr. Lytton
Robert Jellen ... insurance
Bob Kachler ... production consultant
James E. Lorimer ... craft service
Cathy Mickel Gibson ... production accountant
Karen Altman Morgenstern ... pre-production coordinator
Joy Ray ... assistant: Mr. Lytton
Terri Schmidt ... promotion crew
Ame D. Vaughan ... legal services
David Wolff ... rock 'n wrestling consultant
Glenn Gaylord ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Verschwitzte Körper (Germany)
  • Trzaskające się ciała (Poland)
  • Удар туловищем (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Rock e Boxe (Portugal)
  • Telitalálat (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 89 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $4,520, 23 Nov 1986

Did You Know?

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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 »
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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Body Slam (2014). See more »
Soundtracks My Body Keeps Changin' My Mind See more »

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