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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.

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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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Once in a generation, it happens. A motion picture experience so vast, that it redefines the art of American cinema See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

Alice Cooper: As himself. See more »

Quotes

Lola Bouilliabase: The musicians make it rock, but the roadies make it roll!
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Connections

References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Driving My Life Away
Written by Eddie Rabbitt, Even Stevens and David Malloy
Performed by Eddie Rabbitt
Produced by David Malloy (uncredited)
Courtesy of Elektra Records
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Horrid Screenplay but the Music is Good
8 September 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Roadie (1980)

** (out of 4)

Travis Redfish (Meat Loaf) is a man who can fix anything so he's hired by a promoter to become a roadie and make sure a rock and roll show keeps going without issues. Lola (Kaki Hunter) is a virgin groupie who wants to land in NYC so that she can give herself to Alice Cooper (who plays himself). ROADIE was one of many musicals that went down as a major flop back in the day but looking at the picture today you can't help but find it somewhat charming and of course there's all the major talent on display. I think the biggest problem can be spotted in the opening credits when you see that four different people are credited with the story. This "story" appears to have about four different sides and all of them are fighting against one another and in the end you're really left with a movie that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. On one hand, you have a behind the scenes look at a rock show on tour but the thing is so tame that you really do feel as if you're watching something that has been watered down. On another hand you have a groupie getting used to the road but Meat Loaf's character is so full of holes that you have a hard time making any sense out of him. Another problem with the story is that Loaf's character goes "crazy" at times and apparently this is from an earlier UFO abduction but this subplot is just downright annoying. The story goes off in so many directions that you're head will be hurting by the time it's over or you at least be sitting there wondering why they couldn't have just left the spotlight on some of the music acts. Hank Williams, Jr., Blondie, Asleep at the Wheel, Roy Orbison, Jack Elliott and The Pleasant Valley Boys are just a few of the acts that appear and most of them give good performances. We even get a duet between Williams and Orbison, which is certainly worth sitting through. Cooper gets the biggest role of any of the musical acts and he has proved that he can be a very reliable actor and his charm is certain quite high here. One wishes that he had been given even more screen time as he's quite funny here and we also get a couple songs including Only Women Bleed. Meat Loaf also delivers a pretty likable performance as he certainly makes you entertained by his character even though it's underwritten. Hunter is also good in her role. Art Carney appears of Loaf's father but he's sadly wasted. ROADIE is a pretty bad movie due to its bad screenplay but at the same time fans of the musical acts should be somewhat entertained with the music alone. There's a good film somewhere in here but sadly it just goes off in way too many directions.


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