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Roller Skating on Film

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes salutes “Whip It” with a list of the best roller skating scenes in movies. My favorite is this one, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers skating to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

And I also love Gene Kelly’s athletic tap dance on roller skates in “It’s Always Fair Weather.”

And also wonderful is Charlie Chaplin’s roller skating in “The Rink,” as graceful as dancing.



  • jestrfyl

    What about “Rollerball”? Not so stylish as your suggestions, but certainly more in keeping with “Whip It”. I do like your suggestions and will watch for them on TCM, AMC, and elsewhere

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Yes, “Rollerball,” and don’t forget “Xanadu!”

  • Razz

    Tots, you’re overlooking Rollerball, but screw that, you’ve overlooked the best roller disco skate movie ever, and filmed at the most legendary rink in LA — roller mecca “Flippers” — it’s: “Skatetown USA!” (featuring: Ruth Buzzie, Patrick Swazey, Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick, midget Billy Barty, Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter, and Cher singing the theme song “Hell on Wheels”!!
    What could be better? And then there’s Linda Blaire in “Roller Boogie.”

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