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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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"?
This movie came at the right age for me to innocently fall for it and now it will get to come home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Already own a dvd copy but not too satisfied with the blu ray conversion. A bit grainy at times. However, since I am a fan, I decided to keep both copies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mike-t
its a different type of role for linda blair
and i remember those phones from the 70s too
Here's a copy of my write-up of Roller Boogie on blu-ray from Home Theater Forum. Enjoy!
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While I really enjoy the cheese factor in "Roller Boogie", and the soundtrack is fantastic, I recommend waiting for the inevitable re-release of this movie on DVD (or see... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Girod
Finally available on DVD!! Now where the hell is Skatetown USA !!Published 10 months ago by Ed Gardner
If you love roller skating in the 80s, you'll love this movie. It's a love story, a suspense, action, & drama wrapped into one. You won't regret watching this one.Published 11 months ago by G. Amico
If you love roller skating and disco music spiced up with a bit of romance, drama and conflict where the underdog wins, you will enjoy this film. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Erika Borsos
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