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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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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008973E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roadie" on IMDb

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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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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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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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As big a Blondie, Meat Loaf, and even Alice Cooper fan (but mainly Blondie) as I've always been since Day One,
I somehow never caught Roadie upon its release. I recall a lot of really bad reviews and thus
I skipped it even with Blondie being in it. Blondie was still a couple of years from their unfortunate
"implosion" and disbanding, The Hunter, etc., but by gum this film might've planted some early nails
in that particular coffin. And the weird thing is I don't recall Meat having any kind of musical comeback
(which itself was stillborn until much later given his voice and other issues) until 1982 or so. Instead,
he starred in Roadie. Oh my.

Now I know why. Oh, the sorrow and the pity. Poor Meat. Poor Debs. Poor Blondie. And
especially poor late great Mr. Orbison. Even Alice and band actually showing up by the "denouement"
couldn't save this excruciating waste o' celluloid. My fave moment is when Debs says
to herself at the hotel room fight Asleep at the Wheel scene "....I've been on the road TOO LONG."
I felt, after suffering through Roadie, that I'd been on the road for decades. Perhaps, even
centuries. Poor Art Carney, too, while we're at it. But it was almost worth it to see someone
spit on Clem Burke's shoe! I guess. Cheap Trick's Everything Works If You Let It is one of the
biggest running bits in this, and the band is not even IN the film: wise choice, boys! I've met and
known actual roadies (Michael Sticca, Blondie's roadie #1, stand up and be counted!) but if I'd
indeed seen this film back in 1980 I would have very likely been utterly cured of any such personal
aspirations. Oh the glamour! Oh the groupies!
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