Body Slam


Action / Comedy / Music / Sport

Plot summary

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Top cast

Tanya Roberts Photo
Tanya Roberts as Candace Vandervagen
John Astin Photo
John Astin as Scotty
Kellie Martin Photo
Kellie Martin as Missy Roberts
Dirk Benedict Photo
Dirk Benedict as M. Harry Smilac
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843.78 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
P/S 0 / 2
1.69 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
P/S 1 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by classicsoncall5 / 10

"Sounds like we're talking grudge match here."

The film, coming out in 1986, was obviously attempting to capitalize on the success of the very first Wrestlemania from the year prior. In fact, it was Cyndi Lauper's boyfriend at the time, Dave Wolff, who engineered the rock n' roll and wrestling connection to help make that event a surprise smash. But for you girls out there who just want to have fun, this is not the movie you have to see. Though it features some of the big names from the era like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Captain Lou Albano and Samoans Afa and Sika, most of the picture is a let down in terms of both story line and mat action. I could understand casting a couple guys as Road Warrior impersonators Axe and Hammer, but they didn't add much to the film's excitement as tag team champs. My biggest kick was catching Bruno Sammartino, Classy Freddie Blassie and Ric Flair attending the matches at ringside. Why they agreed to appear in this though is beyond my ability to comprehend. It was probably the only time in their respective careers they didn't mind taking a quick count.

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies5 / 10

A document of 1986 wrestling

This movie nearly didn't come out. Dirk Benedict, who stars in Body Slam, has said that he and director Hal Needham (Megaforce, Rad) fought with the film's writer/producer team of Steve Burkow and Shel Lytton. Burkow didn't have any other writing credits, but Lytton wrote a series of teen books titled Mustang and a few episodes of Death Valley Days. However, they were lawyers, and between the verbal and physical fights, lawsuits kept the movie out of theaters for an entire summer. It ended up going straight to video.

Also, and this is my favorite part of this movie, Benedict needed smartened up to the wrestling business. He plays M. Harry Smilac in this, a music promoter who only has one band left, Kick*. After falling for Candace (Tanya Roberts),Smilac tries to hire Rick Roberts (Roddy Piper in his second acting role after playing Leatherneck Joe Grady in The One and Only; his nickname is "Quick Rick," which is ironic as Piper feuded with "Quick Draw" Rick McGraw in WWF before that man's untimely death) to be a performer before learning that he's a wrestler. So he ends up managing Rick and his tag partner Tonga Tom (Sam Fatu, the Tonga Kid who was wrestling Madison Square Garden at the age of 18, ironically feuding with Piper; you can also see him teaming with Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell to battle The Fabulous Freebirds in Highlander; he's considered a relative of The Rock) and they have a pretty good run until they start dealing with politics.

Let me tell you, as someone who has spent way too many years in independent wrestling, I get it, M. Harry.

Captain Lou Murano (Captain Lou Albano, who had appeared in Below the Belt and Wise Guys before this) and his men, The Cannibals (Sione "The Barbarian" Vailahi and Tom "T. Joe Khan" Cassett) hurt all three of our leads and get them blacklisted, so they start booking themselves on outlaw rock and wrestling shows, getting back to the big time just in time to get a world tag title match.

This movie, beyond wrestling, has lots of 70s stars in it, such as John Astin, Charles Nelson Reilly and Billy Barty. And if you look carefully enough during the main event, you can spot Ric Flair, Freddie Blassie, Adnan Al-Kaissie, Bruno Sammartino and Alexis Smirnoff during the match.

Speaking of that main event, the crowd turned on the match as they could see that the moves were being redone for filming. At this time, there was no such thing as sports entertainment. As fans began to say the f word - fake - all of the wrestlers started brawling for real, even throwing Needham out of the ring. It took a ton of people to break up the fight, leading to chaos amongst the crowd, cast and even the crew. When they all got backstage, Piper finally smartened Dirk Benedict up as to why they had to make everyone believe that it was real.

*Kick is made up of drummer Jack D'Amore (Rock Rose),Kelley Dillard, David Hallowren and Bruce Wallenstein, who composed the soundtracks to Twisted Nightmare and Demon Wind.

Reviewed by Aaron13756 / 10

A funny look into wrestling back in the 80's.

This is not the greatest film ever mind you, but for what it was I found it a funny film with a lot of interesting elements. Dirk Benedict is the star of this one as a guy who is trying to establish something he calls rock and wrestling which of course combines wrestling and a rock band. Dirk plays a bit of an agent and he is trying to not only to promote a band, but also looking out for two wrestling stars. They run afoul though of another promoter and that is what leads to the clashes in this one. Though in the end you know the film is heading to a great big showdown between Dirk's team and Captain Lou's team. The humor is good though as there is a really nice scene at a country place and the final showdown is funny for the fact the one announcer really annoys Billy Barty's character. I sort of liked wrestling when I saw this and will always prefer the old stuff to today's mainly because now it just seems so wrong watching guys in tights and oiled with big muscles grinding each other, in fact it seems really gay. Back then it was a bit too, but at least they did not quite look as oiled. This one though has some laughs and is a nice time capsule type movie.

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