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Body Slam (1986)

PG | | Comedy, Music, Sport | 21 May 1987 (USA)
M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!)... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Needham

Writers:

Shel Lytton (story), Shel Lytton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Benedict ... M. Harry Smilac
Tanya Roberts ... Candace Vandervagen
Roddy Piper ... Quick Rick Roberts
Lou Albano ... Captain Lou Murano
Barry Gordon ... Sheldon Brockmeister
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Vic Carson
Billy Barty ... Tim McClusky
John Astin ... Scotty
Sam Fatu Sam Fatu ... Tonga Tom (as The Tonga Kid - Sam Fatu)
Dani Crayne ... Bitsy Vandervagen (as Dani Janssen)
Sydney Lassick ... Shapiro
John Fujioka ... Mr. Kim
Afa Anoai ... The Samoans
Sika Anoai Sika Anoai ... The Samoans
Kellie Martin ... Missy Roberts
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Storyline

M. Harry Smilac is a down-on-his-luck music manager who is having a hard time attracting talent and booking gigs for his band, Kicks (The most recent of the gigs is a Dairy Queen opening!!). When making arrangements for a campaign fund-raiser, he mistakes Rick Roberts, a professional wrestler, for a musician and hires him. At that moment he becomes a wrestling manager and starts to book matches for him and his teammate Tonga Tom. The team is a success, and Harry decides to take his wrestlers and his band on a "Rock n' Wrestling" tour. The tour is a success, and Harry feels what it is like to be a winner again. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock e Boxe See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,520, 23 November 1986

Gross USA:

$14,926
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (CFI)
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Trivia

Hal Needham's final theatrical film. See more »

Goofs

Despite being attacked, the band's music keeps playing as if was meant to be a "live" performance. Despite the instruments being tossed around, the music keeps playing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.161 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Time Is Right
Written by Michael Lloyd
Performed by Jimmy Scarlet & The Dimensions
Published by KOM Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Michael Lloyd
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Displays an era of Rock N Wrestling
14 February 2004 | by NineBall1986See all my reviews

Bodyslam was one of the first films I can ever recall as youngster that made love the sport of wrestling. It's a good little comedy about a guy named Smeliack, a down on his luck music manager, he see's an oppurtunity in professional wrestling with Quick Rick Robbins (Roddy Piper) & Tonga Tom (The Tonga Kid). This film really ushered in the era of Rock N Wrestling back in the mid 80's, it was an awesome time to be a wrestling fan and the film couldn't have come out at a better time. Look for special cameos of Ric Flair, Bruno Samartino, and the late Classy Freddy Blassie.


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