Bands make it Rock...Roadies make it Roll!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 20, 2013
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Shout Factory
- Note: Audio commentary from the "real" Travis Redfish, James Big Boy Medlin, and his writing partner, Michael Ventura
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Meat Loaf, Kaki Hunter, Don Cornelius, Gailard Sartain & Art Carney|
|Performer:||Joe Spano, Sonny Carl Davis & Hamilton Camp|
|Directed by||Alan Rudolph|
|Edited by||Tom Walls|
|Composition by||Craig Huxley|
|Cameo:||Blondie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Jr., Asleep at the Wheel & Alice Cooper|
|Produced by||Carolyn Pfeiffer|
|Director of Photography:||David Myers|
|Executive Production by||Zalman King|
Rating: 1.5/4 -- The movie's so genial, disorganized and episodic that we never really care about the characters, and yet whenever someone starts to sing the performance is interrupted for more meaningless plot development. Full Review
Rating: 85/100 -- None of this is to argue that this is a great - or even very good - film but it is enjoyable on any number of levels. I'm just happy to have confirmation that I didn't just dream the whole thing.
Director Alan Rudolph directed this obscure cult concert comedy while still relatively unknown, and it's quite a rip-roarin' ride for viewers with a fondness for late-1970s nostalgia. Rocker Meat Loaf stars as Travis W. Redfish, a farm boy with a genius for electric engineering that he eventually parlays into the title of World's Greatest Roadie. En route, he falls for groupie Lola Bouilliabase (Kaki Hunter) and helps pursue her dream of meeting rock idol Alice Cooper (playing himself). Their pursuit of Alice leads them on a wild chase across the country, replete with 1970s road movie staples such as barroom brawls, car chases, and burly truckers. Blondie, Roy Orbison, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Hank Williams Jr. all make appearances, and Art Carney has a nice bit as Travis's father. There's surprisingly good performances all around, particularly Mr. Loaf's, in his first starring role. Rudolph reveals trademarks of his future films in this early feature--a celebration of American eccentricity and quirk-laden romance, which, along with the plethora of time-capsule perfect music, makes this rockin' cult entertainment.
- Theatrical Release: June 13, 1980.
- Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, allegedly got his name after stepping on the foot of his high school football coach. The singer also appears in other films such as FIGHT CLUB (credited as Meat Loaf Aday).
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