The Best disco and roller skating movies featuring great soundtracks
Many would say that Saturday Night Fever led the way to great (and not so great) disco movies. One thing’s for sure, the music of the era featured in all of these movies we’re featuring today takes you back to a much better era in music.
Below we’re featuring all those great movies from the era as well as movies that featured great music from the disco era.
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Car Wash (1976)
Starring Franklyn Ajaye, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Jack Kehoe, Clarence Muse, Lorraine Gary, The Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor, Before they were stars include Danny Devito, Garrett Morris along with the voices of L.A. disc jockeys Jay Butler, J.J. Jackson (who went on to become an MTV VJ), Rod McGrew, Sarina C. Grant, and Cleveland’s Billy Bass, all heard in the background of the film on the fictional “KGYS” radio station. Danny Devito and Brooke Adams had speaking parts but were relegated to just background in the movie. However, their speaking parts were re-inserted for the DVD version
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Starring John Travolta, Karen Gorney, Donna Pescow, Joseph Cali, Val Bisoglio. The movie cost 3.5 million dollars to make and grossed over 237 million dollars at the box office.
Thank God It’s Friday (1978)
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Donna Summer, The Commodores, Debra Winger
The movie cost 2.7 million dollars to make and grossed over 7 million dollars at the box office. Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”, won an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe for Best Original Song
Disco Godfather (1979)
Considered a ‘blaxploitation’ film, the movies had a killer soundtrack. Starring Rudy Ray Moore playing a retired cop who owns a disco – trying to put a local PCP / Smack dealer out of business.
Roller Boogie (1979)
Linda Blair’s head was doing a different kind of spinning her head around in this movie. Also starring Jim Bray, Jimmy Van Patten. the movie did over 13.2 million dollars at the box officee that year.
Love At First Bite (1979)
Who can forget the great dance scene with George Hamilton and Susan Saint James! Also starring Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shawn, Isabel Sanford and Sherman Hemsley
The movie grossed over 43 million dollars at the box office that year.
Skatetown U.S.A. (1979)
Talk about a movie you forgot that was loaded with stars? Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Ron Palillo and Ruth Buzzi. Patrick Swayze’s leading role as the skater “Ace” was his first movie performance. Also in the cast are Sydney Lassick, Billy Barty and Playboy centerfold model Dorothy Stratten. The movie didn’t so well at the box office bringing in only 2.5 million dollar that year.
Can’t Stop The Music (1980)
Released at the end of the disco era, the movie was one of the worst movies you’ll ever want to watch again – ever! Starring The Village People, Valerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner, a very young Steve Guttenberg and directed by… Nancy Walker!
Talk about a beating! The movie cost 20 million dollars to make and did 2.5 million dollars at the box office.
Boogie Nights (1997)
What a movie, what a cast! Burt Reynolds, Donnie Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Alfred Molina, Luiz Guzman and more. the movie was budgeted for 15 million dollars and did over 43 million dollars at the box office. the movie was nominated for Academy Awards and others. Burt Reynolds also won a best supporting actor award at the Golden Globes that year.
The Last Days Of Disco 1998
While the movie was a dud, the soundtrack was top notch! The movie starred Chloe Sevigny and a very young Kate Beckinsale.
Mike Myers did a great job of playing Steve Rubbell. Also featured in this movie was an all-star cast including Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell and Sela Ward. Of course, the soundtrack was amazing. The movie did almost 17 million dollars at the box office on a budget of 13 million dollars.
Roll Bounce (2005)
Set here in 1978 Chicago, you’re going to find some of the best roller skating moves ever. The soundtrack, the skating is absolutely second to none. The movie starred Chi McBride (a very young version with hair), Bow Wow, Kellita Smith, Mike Epps, Nick Cannon, Charlie Murphy, Meagan Good, Wayne Brady and Wesley Jonathon, Darryl McDaniels and others.
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