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Roller Boogie

Released 1979
Distributor United Artists

Director Mark Lester’s film is an 80’s take on 60’s beach movies, substituting roller skates and disco for surfboards and rock n’ roll. Linda Blair stars along with A.I.P. favorite Beverly Garland in a dance-fueled love story mixing music and mobsters. Like the beach movies, it was targeted directly toward teens and was reasonably successful within that market. Though it received predictably bad reviews, Roller Boogie joins Xanadu, Can’t Stop the Music and The Apple as singular touchstones of 80’s camp.

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About David DeCoteau

David DeCoteau has worked professionally in the movie business since he was 18 years old. He got his start through a generous offer from movie legend Roger Corman who hired him in 1980 as a production assistant at New World Pictures. In 1986, David directed and produced his first feature film for another generous film legend, Charles Band. David has gone on to produce and direct more than sixty motion pictures over the past twenty five years. He resides in British Columbia, Canada. Learn more about David and his work at Rapidheart.

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