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Solarbabies (1986)

Richard Jordan , Jami Gertz , Alan Johnson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, Lukas Haas, James Le Gros
  • Directors: Alan Johnson
  • Writers: D.A. Metrov, Walon Green
  • Producers: Francisco Molero, Irene Walzer, Jack Frost Sanders, Mel Brooks
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F6LL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,997 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A futuristic sci-fi adventure film about a group of roller-skating orphans who try to save a mystical alien from destruction while rebelling against the evil power that rules their arid planet. Features special effects by Oscar-winner Richard Edlund.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY Rating: PG - 13 UPC: 027616072436 Manufacturer No: M107243

Paying homage to both The Road Warrior and The Lost Boys, Solarbabies is set in a futuristic world where water is scarce, children are locked away in orphanages, and a glowing ball of frenetic energy has the power to make dreams a reality. Released theatrically in 1986, the film's cast includes a who's who of some of that decade's most popular young actors: Jami Gertz (Sixteen Candles, Less Than Zero) is alpha girl Terra; Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Rush)) portrays hot teen Jason; and Lukas Haas (Witness, Alpha Dog) co-stars as young deaf Danny. Through plucky perseverance and a skillful knowledge of skateball (a roller version of hockey), the kids come up with a plan to save civilization from the corporate dictatorship that rations the free flow of water and also save themselves from their stifling lives in the orphanage. As Terra points out, "We must have parents somewhere." Some of the sets seem so inspired by the The Road Warrior films that you half expect Tina Turner to pop out, referring to them as Raggedy Children. Instead, we get bon mots (again from Terra) such as, "Get out, you creature of filth!" The film has a certain cheesy charm that may appeal to viewers in their mid-teens. While not an original film by any means, it does include suspense and a surprising amount of heart. --Jae-Ha Kim

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this one brings me back... December 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Okay. First of all, you have to understand that this is an 80's flick. If you watched (and enjoyed) this movie growing up in the 80's, then it will bring you back. Maybe i'm just a die-hard fan of post-apocolyptic-ish 80's movies, but this one is definatley fun. This movie needs to be released on DVD. Its up there with movies such as The Last Starfighter, The Lost Boys, Gremlins, and other great (semi-cheezy) 80's movies. If you like any of these movies, then Solarbabies is definatley a must see. But its mostly for people who saw it in the 80's and who still love 80's stuff (transformers, pop-culture, various other nostalgic items).
I love this movie, and i recommend for anyone who saw it and liked it growing up, to find a copy and have an enjoying movie night watching it again.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solarbabies Rocks! May 11, 2002
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Solarbabies is a futuristic movie about a group of kids (ages 7-17)living in an orphanage. None of the kids knows where they came from or what the outside world is about. That is, until they get a chance to go beyond the walls, both the walls of their captivity and the walls of their perceptions. It is a wonderful movie about the underdogs fighting against all odds and about the meek inheiriting the Earth. Whether you like sci-fi or just like movies about kids, this is a great movie for you.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!!! October 17, 2005
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First of all I was a kid in the 80's and love everything about the 80's. I am now 25 and still love everything and anything having t do with 80's. Now, with that being said...I love this movie. To this day I love this movie. As well as The Lost Boys, Gremlins, Space Camp, Ice Pirates, etc. If you love 80's movies and the music you will enjoy this movie. Im so glad to have found it again and recommend it to anyone.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you don't get this you have no soul January 12, 2004
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I agree with the other positive reviewers that you had to have seen it in the 80's as a kid, with the idealistic view of the world and hope for humanity that does not exist in today's mainstream youth, to truly appreciate the nuances and deeper meanings of this movie and really understand what it's about. For all of you who wrote negative reviews, you just have no soul if you did not "get" this movie.
A group of orphans overcome obstacles to make their lives better, to save the earth from total destruction. A classic good vs. evil overall theme, and also survival of the fittest. Some of the meaning is lost in the ineptness of the creators of the film, but if you have any scrupples, and just a little heart and soul, you will understand it! Recommended for fans of Conan the Barbarian, Beyond Thunderdome, and those type of movies. If you like this movie, you will also like "28 Days Later".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother August 28, 2011
The premise has seen better days, and lots of them. It's a post-apocalyptic world, a Mad Maxian place that trades in water rather than fuel, with a giant evil corporation thrown in for fun. The major dramatice tension comes from two teen gangs, one (the bad guys) associated with EvilCorp. And, when not pressed into near-slavery, they seem to get around on roller skates with headlights. Why there are skatable roads back and forth across the desert, so conveniently paved, cleared, and maintained, is beyond me, but there it is. Including that one straight into the secret domain of the goodguy Eco-whoozis. Oh, and the evil scientist - can't forget the evil scientist.

Utterly forgettable. In fact, you could save yourself the effort of having to forget it by simply missing it in the first place. I should have.

-- wiredweird
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Content Movie May 6, 2007
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As someone who has not seen this movie when it was first released, I can't say it gave me a nostalgic feeling when I saw it now. But, I can say that the movie has that innocent feel to it as do many movies in the past have. The technology and special effects may be outdated, but the sentiment of the movie remains. What we take for granted now (e.g. freedom, water, ecosystem, etc..) may one day cease to exist unless we learn to coexist peacefuly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solarbabies June 27, 2011
So this was one of the weirder movies I've seen in awhile. In fact it was so weird it was kind of funny, which I guess made it worth watching. Surprisingly, being a child of the eighties, I hadn't actually watched too many movies from that time ( I was stuck on the tv shows apparently) and so I'm making up for it now by watching a few. I can definitely see why that whole decade was considered a bit odd now.

It's a post-apocalyptic future where children are gathered and sent to camps that will force them to become a part of the Eco-Protectorate (a group that controls the dwindling water supply). At this camp their main function is to roll around on roller skates it would seem, playing games. They sometimes sneak off the camps to play games though and at one such time something wonderful happens. One little boy, Daniel, finds a mysterious orb of light that he names Bodhai that can do wondrous things and he and his friends (a roller team called the Solarbabies) must protect it at all costs. They also find a new goal for themselves, to save the water from the evil Eco Protectorate. The only problem is it is near impossible to escape from the camps, and when Daniel goes missing, they have to find a way to rescue him.

Richard Jordan as Grock
Jami Gertz as Terra
Jason Patric as Jason
Lukas Haas as Daniel
James LeGros as Metron
Claude Brooks as Rabbit
Peter DeLuise as Tug
Peter Kowanko as Gavial
Adrian Pasdar as Darstar
Sarah Douglas as Shandray
Charles Durning as The Warden
Frank Converse as Greentree
Terrence Mann as Ivor
Alexei Sayle as Malice
Bruce Payne as Dogger

The characters are very eighties in this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good flick.
Enjoyed it.
Published 19 days ago by C. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just like I remembered
Published 2 months ago by Mickeyjean
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
Amazing movie in equally amazing condition.
Published 3 months ago by Erin Renee Dillard
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Copy - Unable to Play
I received a poor copy that would not run. It was used (although advertised as new) with scratches and what appeared to be grape jelly smeared across the disc.
Published 3 months ago by M. A. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed the 80's flixs that introduces young talent, this is...
Water is State-controlled. The world is a desert, and children live is camps to be "educated" to serve the Eco-Protectorate. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
If you like Sci Fi the you'll like this. It was a movie from my childhood and I wish there were more movies to access from that time period.
Published 6 months ago by Elissa Rosales
5.0 out of 5 stars ** Customer Update!..
***Great Film of the mid-80s! Time sure does fly. I remember this film when it came out & saw it at a local theatre. would recommend to anyone !..
Published 7 months ago by * O .C - Review's !..
5.0 out of 5 stars Solarbabies
As a 75 year old man purchasing this DVD because I saw just a quick view and it caught my attention. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kermit
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi rollet derby of fun
Its a crazy world after water is regulated. One part rollerberby and one part post apocalyptic sci-fi, Solar babies is one of those glorious teen movies that makes you giggle but... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
Was very satisfied with the movie and would highly recommend to anyone ordering older more classic type movies from the oldies
Published 13 months ago by Dolores winderweedle
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