Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979)

Forty-three years ago tonight, the film Skatetown U.S.A. premiered at Flipper’s roller disco in West Hollywood. The cast of stars reads like an issue of Tiger Beat or the roster of Battle of the Network Stars: Patrick Swayze, Maureen McCormick, Flip Wilson, Scott Baio, Ruth Buzzi, and Dorothy Stratten. Maureen recalled the mountains of cocaine around the set during filming and Scott just called the film ‘crapola’ because he’s an idiot. The soundtrack is the perfect disco time capsule. This film and Roller Boogie are two of my favorite 70s Southern California cult films and for the first time, it is now available on DVD/Blu-ray.

Directed by: William A. Levey
Produced by: Lorin Dreyfuss, William A. Levey, Peter E. Strauss (executive producer)
Written by: Nick Castle (screenplay and story), Lorin Dreyfuss (story), William A. Levey (story)
Starring: Scott Baio, Patrick Swayze, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Katherine Kelly Lang
Music by: Miles Goodman, Dave Mason, John Beal
Cinematography: Donald M. Morgan
Edited by: Gene Fowler Jr.
Production company: Rastar
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release date: October 1979
Running time: 98 minutes
Box office: $2.35 million

One evening at a Los Angeles roller disco called Skatetown, U.S.A., a rivalry between two skaters (Patrick Swayze and Greg Bradford) culminates in a contest, the winning prize for which is $1000 and a moped. After a game of chicken played on motorized roller skates, the two rivals become friends.

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