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Roadie (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 13 June 1980 (USA)
A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous travelling rock-and-roll show.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

Big Boy Medlin (story), Michael Ventura (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meat Loaf ... Travis W. Redfish
Kaki Hunter ... Lola Bouilliabase
Art Carney ... Corpus C. Redfish
Gailard Sartain ... B.B. Muldoon
Don Cornelius ... Mohammed Johnson
Rhonda Bates Rhonda Bates ... Alice Poo
Joe Spano ... Ace
Richard Marion Richard Marion ... George
Sonny Carl Davis ... Bird (as Sonny Davis)
Ginger Varney Ginger Varney ... Weather Girl
Al Mays Al Mays ... Mohammed's Bodyguard
Cindy Wills Cindy Wills ... Prom Queen
Allan Graf ... Tiny
Merle Kilgore Merle Kilgore ... Himself
Jack Elliott ... Himself (as Ramblin' Jack Elliott)
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Storyline

Down home Texas boy Travis W. Redfish falls hard for Lola Bouilliabase, a glitter-spangled groupie determined to lose her virginity to Alice Cooper. Hoping to woo her, Travis signs with a travelling rock band and soon finds himself celebrated as the greatest roadie of all time. Between concerts, Travis uses his wits to make sure that the show goes on, no matter where, no matter what. This does not take long for Travis to realize that, compared to the great rock circus, there's no place like home. However, Lola's date with destiny (and Cooper) to become the greatest groupie of all time looms. Can true love survive rock 'n' roll? Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Taglines:

The ultimate rock 'n' roll fantasy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A menedzser See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,002,263, 15 June 1980

Gross USA:

$4,226,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,226,370
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The line "Everything works if you let it" is also the title of the song by Cheap Trick. See more »

Quotes

Corpus C. Redfish: [to Travis] Well that's a strange and wondrous tale, son, but like everything else, it'll work if you let it.
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Connections

Features Independence Day (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Family Tradition
Written by Hank Williams Jr.
Performed by Hank Williams Jr.
Courtesy of Elektra Records and Curb Productions
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Should be a cult classic
26 February 1999 | by Sir_BSee all my reviews

This was a great movie and if you're into American pop music culture and history I think you would enjoy this movie greatly.

Meatloaf stars as Travis W. Redfish, an engineering genius who ends up being a rock and roll roadie and gaining the reputation as the greatest roadie that ever lived. He ends up in this situation when the bus carrying groupie Lola Bouilliabase breaks down on a stretch of road near Travis' home town.

Art Carney is wonderful as Travis' father and junkyard owner and the movie is full of cameo appearances by the likes of Debbie Harry, Roy Orbison, Alice Cooper (who Lola is in love with) and has music from a wide variety of 80's artists.

I was so impressed when I saw this movie I went out and bought the soundtrack, which is a double fold out album with pictures and some background information.

I also liked the movie slogan "The Bands make it rock, but the Roadies make it roll"

I think "Roadie" is deserving of cult-classic status, but unfortunately I don't think very many people saw it. I have not seen it in a video store to buy or rent in over 10 years.

So if you do see it, grab it! (and tell me where you found it!)


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