Skatetown, U.S.A.

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USA | 1979 | 98 minutes | William A. Levey

October 19, 2019

Long relegated to bootleg video hell, the impossible has happened and the preeminent roller boogie cash-in flick has been restored for the big screen. Featuring Scott Baio (Happy Days, Charles in Charge), Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch), and—most importantly—the feature film debut of Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing).

As the story goes, exploitation filmmaker William A. Levey (Blackenstein, The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington) noticed that the kids were into both disco and roller skating and the rest, as they say, was history. Levey crafted a dumbed down version of Romeo and Juliet for the kids where the star-crossed lovers tale was set against the backdrop of a disco-fueled skating competition with a grand prize of $1,000. Break out your skates; get ready to groove to the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire, Marilyn McCoo, and The Jacksons; and thrill to the roller boogie prowess on display.

"Skatetown U.S.A. only plays in a communal sense; shared with a group of like-minded folks ready to let themselves be transported back to mirror balls, big hair, and reverberating wah wah pedal effects. You don't watch a movie like this so much as you experience it. Skatetown U.S.A. wouldn't work in a living room."—Jacob Knight, Birth. Movies. Death.

  • Director: William A. Levey
  • Principal Cast: Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick, Patrick Swayze
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1979
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Lorin Dreyfuss, William A. Levey
  • Screenplay: Nick Castle, William A. Levey, Lorin Dreyfuss
  • Cinematographers: Donald M. Morgan
  • Language: English
  • Rating: PG