Roller Boogie
Roller Boogie
Title: Roller Boogie
Genres: Music
Directed by: Mark L. Lester
Written by: Barry Schneider; Irwin Yablans
Distributed by: Compass International Pictures
United Artists
Released: December 21st, 1979
Rating: PG
Running time: 103 min.
Country: USA
Language: English

Roller Boogie is one of those not-so-iconic movies that reminds people why it is sometimes best to forget that the 1970s ever happened. Molded in the spirit of later films such as Footloose, Roller Boogie is the tale of two lovers who are part of the roller skating lifestyle who must band together with other skaters to save their favorite roller skating rink from a mobster who wants to bulldoze it down for the land. (No bulldozer wars in this one unfortunately). Roller Boogie was directed by Mark L. Lester with a screenplay by Barry Schneider based on a story treatment by Irwin Yablans. The movie premiered to limited release on December 21st, 1979, then opened to national release on December 23rd.

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  • Bobby James
  • Terry Barkley
  • Lillian Barkley
  • Roger Barkley
  • Jammer Delany
  • Hopper
  • Thatcher
  • Gordo



  • Flute
  • Roller skates



  • Roller skating

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  • Production on Roller Boogie began in July, 1979.

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  • The tagline to this film is "It's love on wheels!"
  • Actor Jim Bray is a former competitive artistic roller skater from Upland, California. This is his first, and to date, only known film appearance.
  • Roller Boogie represents both the low and high points of actress Linda Blair's adult career in acting. In 1977, Blair was busted for drug possession with the intent to sell, which pretty much put the kibosh on any further movie potential projects. Following Roller Boogie, she was relegated to doing mostly small b-fair movies.
  • Actress Beverly Garland is best known for playing the role of the "normal" Marilyn Munster in the 1960s TV series The Munsters.
  • Actor Mark Goddard is best known for playing Major Don West in the original Irwin Allen Productions TV series Lost in Space. In the 1998 feature film remake of the movie, Don West was played by actor Matt LeBlanc.

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