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Roadie
     

Roadie

Director: Alan Rudolph

Cast: Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Art Carney

 

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Roadie is a show-biz saga about the working slobs who make live pop music performances happen. Texas good ol' boy Travis W. Redfish (pop singer Meat Loaf) drives a Shiner beer truck on his appointed rounds, but his real ambition in life is to become a roadie (backstage technician) for his rock & roll idol, Alice Cooper. Travis shares his obsession for Cooper

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Roadie is a show-biz saga about the working slobs who make live pop music performances happen. Texas good ol' boy Travis W. Redfish (pop singer Meat Loaf) drives a Shiner beer truck on his appointed rounds, but his real ambition in life is to become a roadie (backstage technician) for his rock & roll idol, Alice Cooper. Travis shares his obsession for Cooper with his screechy best friend, Lola Bouilliabase (Kaki Hunter), much to the disgust of his grizzled pappy, Corpus C. Redfish (Art Carney). After hearing that Cooper and his band are on tour, Travis sets out to catch up to them and offer his services. Along the way, he meets a number of pop music stars -- Blondie, Asleep at the Wheel, Hank Williams Jr., Roy Orbison, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott -- who are all working on their own tours. Naïve, but eager to learn the ways of the music business, Travis is occasionally sidetracked, but remains determined to make his rendezvous with destiny.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
It won't win any awards for subtlety, but Roadie is a hoot of a comedy that is also a good an excuse for its producers to pack a soundtrack album with as diverse a group of pop music artists as ever assembled for a feature film. One of the film's jokes is that its star, pop singer Meat Loaf, doesn't warble a note; his character, Travis W. Redfish, has show-biz ambitions, but they extend only to the backstage area. Travis comes off as something of a redneck idiot savant, a beer delivery truck driver who is a dynamo when it comes to making sure that the microphone wires don't get mixed up with the ones for the amplifiers. Roadie is a rock & roll Pilgrim's Progress, as Travis must make his way down that highway to heaven (aka the Alice Cooper tour), a road traveled by music stars who are paying their own dues. Travis's journey allows him to encounter everyone in the pop world from Debbie Harry to Roy Orbison, providing the film with more musical interludes and the soundtrack album more tunes. Unfortunately, Roadie's two-disc soundtrack is not available on compact disc, but the movie lives on wherever video stores with discriminating selections can be found.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0027616884633
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English 5.1 Surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Alice Poo
Joe Spano Ace
Richard Marion George
Sonny Davis Bird
Alice Cooper Himself
Deborah Harry Herself
Chris Stein Himself
Clem Burke Himself
Jimmy Destri Himself
Nigel Harrison Himself
Frank Infante Himself
Roy Orbison Himself
Hank Williams Himself
Merle Kilgore Himself
Ramblin' Jack Elliott Himself
Ray Benson Himself
Sheryl Cooper Herself
Alvin Crow Himself
Blondie Actor
Hamilton Camp Actor
Alan Lee Graf Actor
Larry Marshall Actor
Larry Lindsey Actor

Technical Credits
Alan Rudolph Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Gail Bixby Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard S. Friedman Set Decoration/Design
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Jered Edd Grenn Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig Hundley Score Composer
Zalman King Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Alan King Producer
Carol Littleton Editor
James Big Boy Medlin Original Story,Screenwriter
David Myers Cinematographer
Paul Peters Production Designer
Carolyn Pfeiffer Producer
Bruce Robinson Screenwriter
Michael Ventura Original Story,Screenwriter
Tom Walls Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/"Morning" [5:52]
2. Roadside Attraction [7:13]
3. "There Will Be Sound!" [5:15]
4. Hank Jr. and Roy [6:02]
5. "Brain Lock!" [4:08]
6. Red-Hot Chase [8:02]
7. Welcome to L.A. [3:50]
8. Washed-Up Narcs [4:17]
9. The Show Must Go On [5:28]
10. Postcard From Pomona [2:30]
11. Wrestling With Emotions [4:51]
12. Energizing Blondie [10:42]
13. Redfish Checks Out [10:34]
14. Alice Keeps His Promise [9:05]
15. "Texas or Bust" [10:14]
16. Other Worldly/End Credits [7:32]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/"Morning" [6:01]
2. Roadside Attraction [7:13]
3. "There Will Be Sound!" [5:15]
4. Hank Jr. and Roy [6:02]
5. "Brain Lock!" [4:08]
6. Red-Hot Chase [8:02]
7. Welcome to L.A. [3:50]
8. Washed-Up Narcs [4:17]
9. The Show Must Go On [5:28]
10. Postcard From Pomona [2:30]
11. Wrestling With Emotions [4:51]
12. Energizing Blondie [10:42]
13. Redfish Checks Out [10:34]
14. Alice Keeps His Promise [9:05]
15. "Texas or Bust" [10:14]
16. Other Worldly/End Credits [7:32]

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