Beyond ensuring that she makes it into Julliard as a flautist for the upcoming fall term, wealthy Lillian and Roger Barkley largely neglect their teenaged daughter, Terry Barkley. Although Terry doesn't try to hide the facts from them, her parents have no idea that she hates the flute and the associated music, has no desire to attend Julliard, and spends all her time on the proverbial wrong side of the tracks with her friend Lana roller skating on the Venice Beach boardwalk with the legions of other roller skaters. There, she attracts the attention of Bobby James, the hotshot skater who rightly believes he is headed to the next Olympics. Terry initially rebuffs Bobby's advances, until she asks him to teach her how to dance so that they can compete in the upcoming roller boogie contest at Jammer's, the local skating rink owned by Jammer Delaney, a former roller derby star. Terry and Bobby's relationship eventually becomes more than just about skating. But the roller boogie contest and ...
It's love on wheels!
21 December 1979 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $767,854,
25 December 1979
Gross USA: $13,253,715
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $13,253,715
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
This was the second roller-disco movie of the late 1970s. Skatetown, U.S.A.
(1979) premiered a few months earlier. See more
When Terry falls during the conga line scene, her wheel comes off. When she holds it up, the bearings are missing. When she goes upstairs to Jammer's supply room to get a lock nut, the wheel is on her skates. When they overhear a conversation and run down the stairs without the lock nut they went for, the wheel is still intact on her skates. See more
Nothing's wrong. I just don't understand you. You comin' on so strong and all. What do you want from me?
What does any woman want from a man?
Referenced in The Cinema Snob Movie
(as Aller)/Bob Esty
Performed by Bob Esty
Courtesy of Casablanca Records and Filmworks Inc.
Special guest performance by Mavis
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