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Skatetown U.S.A.

PG 1979 1h 38m Comedy List
Reviews 33% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A street-gang leader challenges a handsome young skater in a championship contest at the local roller-disco rink. Read More Read Less

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Adam Lippe To give you an idea of the innocence of the time period and mindset behind the movie, Bradford performs his solo show to The Village People's Macho Man, and there's not even the hint of a homoerotic tint to it, he even courts Swayze's younger sister. Sep 12, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Not a particularly good movie, but if you've ever wanted to see Patrick Swayze as the leader of evil roller-disco gang, you should check it out. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I've only seen this (in recent years, but that's probably the only time) on YouTube in around 14 pieces, so I'd love to see it on an actual TV, in one piece. Of the few skating movies from that era, I'd say this one spends the most time in the rink (almost all of it). Lots of stars of the day, too ('s like "The Love Boat" on wheels!) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I used to love the roller rink when I was a kid. Not really old enough to get into the pure hype of it all when it was in its disco hey day but I do remember skating in 1980 when Another Bites the Dust was big. That was a fucking awesome song to skate to. Personally I used to spend more time in the arcade then on the rink though..anyways Skatetown USA is a fun little trip down memory lane to the roller disco in all its cheesy goodness. Not nearly as good as Roller Boogie it still has a huge nostalgia w/ neon & disco balls galore. It's like the Disney World of skate halls. Plus it has time capsule actors like Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick & Ron 'Horseshack' Palillo in the cast. How can you not get more retro kitch then that? Worth it alone to see Patrick Swayze in his first role who tries to prove what a badass skater he is to do a routine w/ his own belt Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member If a roller disco movie with Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick, Flip Wilson, Patrick Swayze & Ron Palillo sounds good to you, then you really can't afford to miss this one. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member i saw this when i was about 9 or 10 years old and at the time it was cool. roller disco was in and i used to go to a place like this (though not as glitzy). some 30 years later i finally found a copy of it to watch. verdict: cheesy, silly and downright stupid BUT a lot of fun for me. i'm pretty sure i saw this on a matinee double bill with "roller boogie". in this movie are "stars" from tv shows at the time: scott baio (happy days), ron palillo (welcome back kotter), and maureen mccormick (brady bunch). and making his big screen debut? patrick swayze! there's virtually no plot- it's more or less just a bunch of scenes strung together. but for those of us old enough to remember this era this is a fun way to transport yourself back for an hour and a half. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member My favourite part was when the badass roller boogie gang (led of course, by Patrick Swayze) beats up everyone on the rink just so they could have the space to themselves in order to do a choreographed skate dance. Classic. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A street-gang leader challenges a handsome young skater in a championship contest at the local roller-disco rink.
William A. Levey
Original Language
1h 38m