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"A locker room look at the toughest broads in the world!" That's the poster tag line for "The Unholy Rollers" and it pretty much sums up what the makers of this film were aiming for, a leering behind-the-scenes action/comedy about roller derby. Claudia Jennings ("Death Sport" "Gator Bait") gets fed up with her job at a cannery after brazen 1970s sexual harassment and decides to join the roller derby. This results in comedy, romance, and ladies in various states of undresss, as you might expect from a Roger Corman produced film of this era. Corman's New World Pictures were having great success with their cycle of women-in-prison films and their nurse and co-ed films, so why not branch out into sports comedy films? And believe it or not, this wasn't the first roller derby film of the time. "Derby" came out the year before and Raquel Well appeared in "Kansas City Bomber" the same year. Roller derby even found it's way into the plot of of Disney's "The Shaggy D.A." so derby was HOT during this time. As for this film, it's a typical Corman raunchy sex comedy and the quality is about what you'd expect, which is it's not terrible, but nothing all that great either. Still, I will say I was entertained and I did enjoy seeing an oddly young Victor Argo as the team trainer. FUN FACT! Martin Scorsese was a supervising editor on this film, the year before "Mean Streets" was released.
A deranged girl joins a roller derby team. That's about all the plot this movie has. It's one of those low budget Roger Corman movies where he gave like $1000 to someone to go shoot some footage that they can throw together in editing and sell. There is some basic story development about an hour into the movie, but it's too little too late. Not to mention the main character is deplorable and there is nothing that holds your interest from beginning to end other than possible nudity. But who cares? Skip this.
another roller derby knock off
Claudia Jennings is a real cutie in this one, playing a feisty factory worker who joins a roller derby squad and becomes something of a fan favorite, in spite of what success does to her personal relationships and how her teammates relate to her.
Fun breezy look at a sport that I had never really given much thought.
Give it a look if you have the chance.
a funny, sexy, entertaining corman romp, perhaps best known for being martin scorsese's first job as an editor. with roller derby so hip amongst tattooed girls nowadays, this film NEEDS a dvd release.
Unholy Rollers is obiviously a roller derby film of the low budget vein. The film follows Jennings as she rises onto the roller derby scene and beats out her competition. All in all just another exploitation film from the 70's that is still enjoyable. Edited by Martin Scorese.
The roller derby scenes are cool and the movie is sort of campy but there isn't really a story so that takes a way from the fun. Fun Fact: Martin Scorsese was the Supervising Editor on this film!