Roller Boogie

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"It's love on wheels!"
  • PG
  • 1979
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 4.7  (2,069)

"Roller Boogie" is a 1979 film that speaks volumes about its era. Starring Linda Blair, Jim Bray, and Beverly Garland, it is a colorful and soulful celebration of a subculture that still exists to this day: roller disco. Directed by Mark L. Lester and produced by Irwin Yablans, "Roller Boogie" is a high-energy, feel-good film that will make you want to put on your skates and hit the rink.

The film opens with the energetic and catchy "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind, and Fire, setting the tone for what is to come. We are introduced to Terry Barkley, played by Linda Blair, a young and talented skater who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. However, her father has other plans for her, urging her to focus on her education and put her dreams on hold. Despite this, Terry spends all her free time practicing her moves at the local roller disco.

It is at the roller disco where Terry meets Bobby James, played by Jim Bray, a handsome and charismatic skater who takes Terry under his wing. Bobby is a skilled skater and a talented musician, and he and Terry hit it off immediately. Together, they enter a roller disco contest with a $1,000 prize, hoping to use the money to start a business together.

However, the contest is not as easy as they thought it would be. They must compete against several other talented skaters, including the villainous and arrogant Jammer Delaney, played by Sean McClory. Jammer is a rich and powerful businessman who owns several roller disco rinks and will stop at nothing to win the contest. Along the way, Terry and Bobby also face personal challenges that threaten to derail their dreams, including Bobby's father's disapproval of his skating and Terry's father's insistence that she focus on school.

Despite the obstacles in their way, Terry and Bobby never give up on their dreams. They train relentlessly, practicing their moves day and night, and eventually, their dedication pays off. The final roller disco contest is an exhilarating and breathtaking display of talent and skill, with Terry and Bobby giving it their all.

"Roller Boogie" is a film that celebrates the joy of skating and the power of following your dreams. It is also a film that captures the essence of the 70s, with its disco music, colorful clothes, and carefree spirit. The film's soundtrack is a perfect reflection of the era, featuring classics like "Boogie Wonderland," "I Believe in Miracles," and "Let's Roller Skate."

Linda Blair shines in her role as Terry, showcasing her skating skills and her acting talent. Jim Bray is equally impressive as Bobby, bringing charm and charisma to his performance. Their chemistry on screen is palpable, and it is clear why they became fan favorites. Beverly Garland, who plays Bobby's mother, brings depth and heart to her character, and Sean McClory is fantastic as the villainous Jammer.

Overall, "Roller Boogie" is a film that is engaging, entertaining, and inspiring. It is a film that will make you feel good and leave you with a smile on your face. It is a testament to the power of passion and determination, and a reminder that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your dreams. If you love roller skating, disco music, and feel-good movies, "Roller Boogie" is a must-watch.

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    1 hr 43 min
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    4.7  (2,069)