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Roadie (1980)





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Roadie is a showbiz 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 he becomes smitten with rock groupie Lola Bouillabase (Kaki Hunter), a "roadie" whose sole ambition in life is to bed her idol, Alice Cooper (playing himself). Travis' grizzled pappy, Corpus C. Redfish (Art Carney), feels disgusted by his son's lifestyle. After hearing that Cooper and his band are on tour, Lola sets out to catch up to them and offer her services, with Travis in pursuit. Along the way, they meet 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. Travis signs on, himself, as a groupie for a rock band, and is quickly dubbed "greatest roadie of all time," but he soon realizes that he must return to Texas for the wedding of his sister and his best friend.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Ventura, Bruce Robinson, James Big Boy Medlin, Zalman King, Alan Rudolph
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2003
United Artists


Meat Loaf
as Travis W. Redfish
Art Carney
as Corpus C. Redfish
Alice Cooper
as Himself
Gailard Sartain
as B.B. Muldoon
Don Cornelius
as Mohammed Johnson
Rhonda Bates
as Alice Poo
Roy Orbison
as Himself
Ray Benson
as Himself
Alvin Crow
as Himself
Larry Marshall
as Roadie #2
Ginger Varney
as Weather Girl
Cindy Wills
as Prom Queen
Chris Stein
as Himself
Clem Burke
as Himself
Jimmy Destri
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Roadie

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 13, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 17, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

July 27, 2005

Audience Reviews for Roadie


Literally about the life of a roadie, a trucker turned roadie that is, played by Meatloaf. His character is pretty stupid, and the movie is very silly at times, but it also has good cameos from rock stars like Debbie Harry and Alice Cooper, so it's pretty cool. Overall, it's good, but it could be better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I caught this flick on 1 of the free movie channels & I'm so glad I didn't have to pay to watch it.I just did not find 1 thing funny about Roadie & to tell you how bad it was, I can't even remember if I watched it all or not

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

Wow....I'm speechless. It is hard to capture the trashyness the sheer cheesiness celebrated in this movie

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