Roadie

Roadie

DVD - 2012
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Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, has been fired by the band. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to see his aging mom in Forest Hills, Queens, where a wild encounter with two old high school friends shows him that some things never change.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2012
Branch Call Number: DVD ROADIE 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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CDScheno
Feb 15, 2015

Not as light-hearted as the seemingly weed-smoking (that's a cigarette, not a joint, in the roadie's hand) DVD cover might suggest, though not a dramatic either. If nothing else, a realistic take on the (after) life of a roadie. Shot, in parts, in Queens, NY. Lived there for a while. Lived on L.I. too, home of Blue Oyster Cult, the band the roadie carried gear for, for 15+ years. In one of the scenes a Long Island legend, Peppi Marchello, lead singer of the "world's most famous unknown band" (Rolling Stones), The Good Rats, is seen playing the non-speaking part of a local "regular" at the roadie's hometown bar. In a subsequent scene, the roadie's childhood sweetheart, now married to a sleazeball, picks out "Rat City in Blue," the Rats 2nd album and plays ONE OF THE BEST NEW YORK SONGS EVER WRITTEN: "Advertisement in the Voice." So, for me, that alone adds a star, boosting this from 2.0 to 3.0 stars.

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tgwilliams
Oct 20, 2014

A 70's nastalgic rock 'n' roll life style dream for a roadie.
Co stars Jill Hennessy from the television hit series "Crossing Jordan"
She actually sings and plays guitar well. Entertaining!

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Monolith
Jun 01, 2012

This film felt like an independent vignette, focusing on Eldard's character's realization and despair that he's wasted his life (getting wasted) in a teenager of the '70s dream, coming home to Mom, and Queens, N.Y., (and reality), with his tail between his legs. Eldard and his 'lambchop' sideburns had aging hipster written all over him - he looked and acted the part perfectly. Hennessy was actually a pretty decent singer, too. I may have rated this higher than some think it deserves, but the story is very familiar to me on a personal level with some people I've known in my life. It was poignant, and well done.

btmslt May 16, 2012

A sad movie about a man too proud to admit that he did not make it big in the music industry. I especially liked the realism of the fim. Eldard, Hennessy and Cannavale all acted their roles well. It was nice to hear Hennessy sing, too.

Glencoe_Mike May 02, 2012

Very well-acted with a superb soundtrack but dreary overall. I suppose you might find it affecting if you are in the right mood. Really wish I could have liked this more because it does what it does fairly well.

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tgwilliams
Nov 05, 2014

tgwilliams thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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tgwilliams
Nov 05, 2014

Other: Some Drug and Alcohol use

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Monolith
Jun 01, 2012

Jimmy (unable to make a pot of coffee): "It's just the road, man... you know, it's just... greasy spoons and... room service - takeout..." Nikki: "Developmentally stunted by rock 'n' roll." Jimmy: "Somethin' like that..."

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