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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it to see Cheap Trick but was very disappointed. Couldn't begin to sit through this.Published 15 days ago by Eric
It's a really bad movie...but has alot of cameo appearances. I like itPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Move over rover and let Alice take over! Good music. Humorous. Good story line. If you're into 70's music, you should love this movie.Published 11 months ago by Schreck
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