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Solarbabies

4.0 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

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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

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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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  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F6LL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Solarbabies" on IMDb

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By A Customer on December 4, 2003
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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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By A Customer on 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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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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Wonderful story and the cast did a magnificent job doing this to make it worth while for entertainment. The story is of the near future and about a strange object that a boy finds and shares with everyone and a will to survive. The adventure they endure to find their fate. I rated this an A grade plus for being very different and a wonderful movie for the entire family to sit and watch as I don't think there are too many around as enjoyable as this one. Well want more sorry I don't want to spoil it for you so retreat to the lounge room put on the television, grab the popcorn relax to the great entertainment this show can produce and enjoy.
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By Kermit on December 23, 2013
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As a 75 year old man purchasing this DVD because I saw just a quick view and it caught my attention. So I purchased this and found it had a good story, smart young people and a good production. Take a chance on this one and anyway, you can give it to a kid if you don't like it.
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First of all, 1986 and that should tell you a lot. I was raised in the 80's so I get it. But not much in the way of movies really happened in that decade. having said that. We get a future that is very dystopian in that the kids are virtual prisoners. They have there little getaways by roller skating and playing a type of roller hockey. The youngest discovers an object he calls Bodie and it has abilities and the other find it too. The evil Corporation wants it and wants to destroy it because it is an ET type of thing and could jeopardize their control of the planet. to the performances...everyone of the kids but Jamie Gertz (who told her she could act?) were enjoyable enough very harmless. The soundtrack needs to be muted...awful. Lots of Roller Skating, I guess it was a thing at the time. Silly movie and predictable but harmless enough.
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Water is State-controlled. The world is a desert, and children live is camps to be "educated" to serve the Eco-Protectorate. Then Bodhai arrives - a being found by one of the children, Daniel. And that's when the story kicks into gear. If you are a fan of the 80s movies, this will definitely put you in a nostalgic frame of mind. The effects are a little on the cheezy side when compared to present day, but the story is there. Try it!
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If you like movies where everything is done absolutely wrong, then Solarbabies is for you. From directing, to writing, to acting, to sound editing, everything is off in this film. Seriously, the sound editing is so terrible it is difficult to watch. There is basically zero exposition in the writing, so be prepared to have no idea whats happening or why, and have after the fact explanations that come out of nowhere for seemingly nonsense and meaningless occurrences. I loved absolutely every second of this train wreck. We laughed from start to finish. Watch this film, then listen to How Did You Get Made rip it to shreds, then listen to their interview with Mel Brooks about how this got made. You won't regret it.
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