I recently watched (most of) Roller Boogie over the weekend and had pangs of nostalgia for 1980’s California, it did not hold up the test of time. The film is a cross between West Side Story and any Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney movie, but on roller skates. It is absurdly captivating at times and jarringly surreal at others. I kept wondering if people were actually as cool as this or was all the coolness revved to the red for the movie? I really didn’t care, I was ready to boogie.
Every once in a while, I do see someone roller skating down the bike path on LWB and from now on, I am inserting my own disco soundtrack for them. I have included a link to the entire movie below, so if you are having a slow work day, plug in your head phones and get down!
Roller Boogie is a 1979 musical film starring Linda Blair (the former child actress from The Exorcist) and introducing Jim Bray (a former competitive artistic skater from California). The film also stars Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard, and Kimberly Beck, and is directed by Mark L. Lester.
The film is set in the Venice, Los Angeles, California area at the height of the quad roller skating fad. Two characters, Bobby James (Bray) and Terry Barkley (Blair), fall in love while boogie skating to disco music. Along the way they must thwart a powerful mobster who wants the land their favorite roller rink sits on and compete in the Boogie Contest.