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Roadie (1980)

Meat Loaf , Kaki Hunter , Alan Rudolph  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney, Gailard Sartain, Don Cornelius
  • Directors: Alan Rudolph
  • Writers: Alan Rudolph, Zalman King, Big Boy Medlin, Michael Ventura
  • Producers: Carolyn Pfeiffer, John Pommer, Zalman King
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008973E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roadie" on IMDb

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Bands make it rock, but roadies make it roll! Meat Loaf stars in this rollicking (Variety)road film featuring incredible live performances by Alice Cooper, Blondie, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Jr., and Asleep at the Wheel! Down-home Texas boy Travis Redfish (Meat Loaf) falls hard for Lola, a glitter-spangled groupie determined to lose her virginity to Alice Cooper. Hoping to woo her, Travis signs on with a traveling rock band and soon finds himself celebrated as the greatest roadie of all time ! But Lola's date with destiny (and Cooper) looms. Can true love survive rock 'n roll?

One the strangest musical curiosities of the 1980s, Roadie stars Meat Loaf as a good ol' Texas boy who turns himself into the world's greatest roadie to win the heart of a teen-age groupie (Kaki Hunter). She, however, is obsessed with Alice Cooper, just one of the musical guest stars in this rock & roll road movie farce. Meat Loaf single-handedly saves concerts by Hank Williams Jr. and Roy Orbison (who duet on "The Eyes of Texas") and Blondie (who crank up "Ring of Fire") as well. Directed by Alan Rudolph, from a slapdash story he co-wrote with producer Zalman King (which surely qualifies as one of the most unlikely creative partnerships in film history), this high-energy cinematic jam is a raucous, disjointed goof. But only the comedy is played out of key. The music rocks. --Sean Axmaker

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
There is a lot of silly rubbish about this film scattered all over the Internet. Most of the time when I read a review of "Roadie" I wonder if the critic even bothered to see the film before they wrote about it (see above). Unlike most other critics, I have seen Roadie, and I promise--with certain reservations--that it is a very funny and very entertaining movie.

As an older man with a nervous disposition who has enough trouble sitting through many new movies once, The ultimate tribute I can give this great "on the road" rock'n'roll saga is that I watched it numerous times when it was on cable in 1981. Since then, I have watched it several dozens of times on VHS, and now that it's on DVD, I have watched it several times again. You can put a lot of mileage on this road movie. In a day when you build whole relationship with and around movies in your personal collection, that kind of stamina in a movie is critical.

The film has a rock'n'roll backdrop--a backdrop we rarely see from the workingman's eye the way we do here. There are no star turns in the film, at least none in the late 1970's early 1980's tradition. Rock is shown as hard work, and generally the product of blue collar hands (a view I agree with). The movie gives us what amounts to real-world views of several 70's favorites (Meatloaf, Alice Cooper, Blondie, etc.).

The movie has a great premise, the howling self-reliant "Everything Works If You Let It" theme. It also enjoys a background soundtrack that fires on all twelve cylinders. But what keeps me watching the film is that it is really funny in an honest, straight-forward way that we have enjoyed far too seldom since Hollywood started grinding out its cookie-cutter "farces" in the wake of "Airplane.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A shining star in my childhood. February 9, 1999
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I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out. Yeah, it's cheap, yeah, it's cheesy...but it's a piece of real Americana. Meat Loaf is a true rock 'n roll hero, going from rags to riches to rags, and now to riches again. He never did get enough credit for his movies, but I think he's terriffic. It may not be Oscar material, but as a cult classic, this is up there with Rocky Horror and Easy Rider.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Everything works if you let it." May 10, 2003
Whoa-boy. ROADIE isn't a five-star flick by any stretch of the imagination (save that of starry-eyed fan-atics, who're no doubt clicking No with some vehemence right about now). Every one of the three stars are worthy, however, and I snapped up this DVD with all haste because the film IS a campy, rollicking, fun little tale. Meat Loaf is a charmer as Travis W. Redfish, cuddly and sweet, inventive and wise, a memorable character in even his head-butting, brain-locking, ox-like other side. Kaki Hunter is less memorable as Lola Bouilliabase, though often just as sweetly naive as anyone who's had a brush with fan obsession (y'all CAN click Yes later on and change your vote, if you didn't know). Completing the Redfish clan, Art Carney is a hoot and Rhonda Bates purely delightful. Watch for Kurkwood Smith in a bit part.

A no-frills DVD package. The feature cleaned up nicely, but the original trailer shows wear. The Dolby 5.1 audio was a surprise, though, and plays well front and back.

ROADIE is a guilty pleasure, but such camp was fun sharing with unsuspecting friends -- we laughed 'til we cried. Chair dancing, the distinctive rattle of a beer truck, narcs snorting Tide. Some odd remembrances, too, of the brouhaha over cancelling concerts for energy conservation, often believed an excuse for censorship. Oddly enough, there's little or no swearing in ROADIE; Lola's quest for deflowering and a little substance abuse (and perhaps the close-up of Alice Cooper's codpiece) earned the PG rating.

"Everything works if you let it," a worthy sentiment.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meatloaf rocks without singing a note October 22, 2001
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This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. A great cast: Meatloaf, Khaki Hunter, Art Carney, Jos Spano, Alice Cooper, Hank Williams Jr., Roy Orbison, Don Cornelius, etc. Great musical performances by Blondie, duet of Hank Jr. & Roy, Blondie, Asleep At The Wheel. Some of the greatest lines of all time. Story gets a little trippy but makes sense and one of the all-time strangest endings. If you are a 70s rock and roll fan, this is the movie for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corny, but fun. November 27, 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
If you are a big Meat Loaf fan as I am, this movie is a real hoot. The music's pretty good, but just seeing the bizarre ways they make things work is a lot of fun. DO NOT watch this movie as serious cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alot of fun! February 15, 1999
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Love it. Lot's of 70's icons in here, Meat, etc. Just seeing Blondie do Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" - and doing a good job at it- is worth it alone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rocky to Roadie January 18, 2008
You may have seen Meat Loaf in another Musical Comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Roadie is your typical early 80's mad-cap comedy with bar fights, car chase scenes, and chessy dialogue.

Meat Loaf is the main character who upon seeing a young groupie falls in love with her and becomes an accidental Roadie for big acts such as Hank Williams Jr., Blondie, and Alice Cooper.

What makes this movie great is chance to see some of these HUGE musical acts of the early 80's incorporated in to this film. The plot isn't that great but it's the early 80's. Typical boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy loses girl plotline.

This isn't a musical but more of a comedy with rock music perfomances weaved in.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything will work if you let it
We watched this movie when we were in high school. Travis W. Redfish is a roadie who just can't retire. He is so good everyone wants him! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Roadie with Meatloaf
This was a fun, up beat movie. The humor is light and the story is pretty simple. Meatloaf is good in the lead roll. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan
3.0 out of 5 stars old movie
this was a gift for someone, that loved the movie when it first came out, wanted it as part of my movie collection, good movie
Published 9 months ago by Hunter Dillon-Cole, author
5.0 out of 5 stars A rock-and-roll time capsule
You'll either love this one or hate it. It is Meatloaf back when he was still a major bad-ass before his nervous breakdown. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stalwaty
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny great movie good actors
all around great movie. good actors .keeps you laughing.good from start to end. also was fair here when said.
Published 12 months ago by shoper
2.0 out of 5 stars Only came with 2.0 audio
picture was good, not the best Blu-ray I've seen but better than my old dvd version... sound tho did not work except for 2.0... when I chose 5.1 sound there was only silence!
Published 12 months ago by The SciFi Moviebuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything works if you let it...
A rollicking good time with John Redfish (Meatloaf) who believes 'everything will work if you let it," even love. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Great packaging but poor movie!
The packaging & overall condition of this new DVD is excellent but the actual movie kinda sucked as this movie was so plain to have the musical stars that it had in it!
Published 18 months ago by Jimmy C.
4.0 out of 5 stars And oldie, a moldy and still a goldy
Okay, so it's a B grade of a B grade movie. And the DVD came without any label art on it, which was kind of disappointing, but not much. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chester J Beebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadie DVD
Came on time, brand new and sealed. The DVD looked good and played fine and sounded great. Brought back some good memories, plus the price was nice too!
Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
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