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Roller Boogie

4.3 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Love is born to boogie in this electrifying and enjoyable (The Hollywood Reporter) romantic adventure about a Beverly Hills teen who takes love for a spin with a boy from the wrong side of the roller rink! Starring Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Roller Boogie is the ultimate fast-paced, freewheeling 70s roller rompfull of hot bodies (Variety), cool skating and hard-driving disco music (Film Journal)! Terry Barkley (Blair) has a talent for the flute, a scholarship to Juilliard and her whole future planned outuntil she falls head over wheels for a roller-boogie bad boy (Jim Bray). But Terry may lose more than her bearings when the local roller park is threatened by a shady development dealand the mob threatens to turn her boogie hot spot intoa disco inferno!

Special Features

  • Original theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Linda Blair, Jim Bray, Beverly Garland, Roger Perry, James Van Patten
  • Directors: Mark L. Lester
  • Writers: Irwin Yablans, Barry Schneider
  • Producers: Bruce Cohn Curtis, Irwin Yablans, Joseph Wolf
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00026L7Q8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roller Boogie" on IMDb

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2004
Format: DVD
Hey, the fact that I'm actually reviewing Roller Boogie surprises me as much as it does you. I sort of have this thing for Linda Blair, you see, and she was twenty years old when this film was released in 1979 - instead of turning her own head around (The Exorcist), she was now old enough to starting turning guys' heads instead. Unfortunately, all of the guys in this film are full-fledged, knee-high-tube-sock-wearing products of that awful decade called the 1970s, but Linda was looking fine from start to finish, and that's really all that matters.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually liked this movie. It doesn't look good on paper, though. You basically have the world's most ubiquitous cookie-cutter plot, a good deal of bad acting, tons of terrible disco music, awful 70s attire, and about ten times more skating than you find in the film Xanadu. You could give yourself a lobotomy and still predict everything that is going to happen in this movie, yet for reasons I can't explain, Roller Boogie isn't that bad. Linda Blair plays Terry Barkley, a poor little rich girl whose parents ignore her and thus drive her to rebel; she doesn't enjoy being a musical prodigy, and she certainly doesn't want to go to Juilliard. What does she do? She goes roller skating and, after meeting up with local roller boogie whiz kid Bobby James (Jim Bray), she announces her new ambition in life is to win the roller boogie dance contest down at Jammer's skating rink. You see where this is going? It's your classic poor boy-rich girl love story. Something is still missing, though. Oh, I know, let's throw in a sleazy businessman and his two goons, and - yes, I've got it! - let's have them threaten to burn down Jammer's skating rink as part of their evil plan to put up a shopping mall.
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One of the heartbreaking things about getting old, aside from, you know, the dying part, is realizing the things that gave you such joy and happiness as a kid are no longer fun. Endless games of Battleship, washing down Poprocks with Koolaid, fart jokes* - one day you just wake up and think, This is really kind of lame.

Roller Boogie is the exception to the Corinthian curse. I watched this as many times as I could catch it on circa 1981 HBO** and I never got tired of it. I was starting my teenage years and just like Mulder, I wanted to believe. I wanted to believe that in a few years, after I permed my hair, coated my mouth with cherry lipgloss, and tucked my spandexed legs into a pair of skates I too would meet the boy of my dreams, fall madly in love and skate away, arm and arm, into the sunset.

Roller Boogie doesn't quite end that way***, but it's still close enough to be a lot of fun, even __ years later (I don't know when you're going to read this.) First of all, there's the essential corny love story. The male lead, Bobby James, is focused on his goal of winning the gold at the next Olympics. He's so determined that he doesn't let the trivial fact of that roller skating is not, has never been, and will never be an Olympic sport dissuade him. Bobby meets up with rich girl Terry, who's a concert flutist destined for Julliard (she's such a phenomenal flutist that she can play an entire concerto without moving her fingers). They have an instant attraction - Bobby sees the sweet, vulnerable side that Terry tries to hide, and Terry sees....well, I'm not sure. Unfortunately, Bobby is a doofus. He wears wristbands and kneesocks and talks like a Minnesota/New York hybrid. "Furst chew wanna skaaate, den chew don wanna skaaate. Whut is it wit chew?
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This is one of those movies that I would totally dismiss if it weren't for the nostalga factor.

I saw this film 2 times in the mall theater back in 1979. Linda Blair was hot and the short lived "roller disco" craze was something I was invested in.

Then I could (and did) always catch the movie on cable. Then it all but disapeared until the VHS was released in the 90's. When I rented it and was old enough to see how completely ridiculous it was it only added to it's charm (and Linda Blair was still hot).

What sticks out when I watched the film a few years ago is that the "gang" wants the boogie contest, no matter what.

The owner of the club gets threatened by the "evil businessmen" that if he doesn't sell the rink to them (so they can build a shopping mall) they will burn down the rink with the everyone inside.

Once the gang finds this out, they are not as interested in saving thier lives as they are making sure the roller boogie contest will go on.

You gotta love it.

Now, in a couple weeks from now, "Roller Boogie" will come out on DVD. It will have an anamorphic widescreen transfer (great! MGM has dragged out thier old pan and scan transfers for some lesser library titles being put out on DVD. A new Anamorphic transfer on this film remembered by only a few is really appreciated) and a theatrical trailer (Great! After all, it coming out on DVD in 16:9 is almost a miracle, I didn't expect that they would spend too much money on supliments. But I still would've gotten a kick out of a Jim Bray and Linda Blair commentary). Guess who will be looking for it on that "new movie Tuesday"?

Yup! Me!

This movie came at the right age for me to innocently fall for it and now it will get to come home.
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