Taglines: Who will rule the future?
In a future in which most water has disappeared from the Earth, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers, who are living at an orphanage, run by the despotic rulers of the new Earth. The group in question plays a hockey based game on roller skates and is quite good. It has given them a unity that transcends the attempts to bring them to heel by the government. Finding an orb of special power, they find it has unusual effects on them. They escape from the orphanage (on skates) and try to cross the wasteland looking for a place they can live free as the stormtroopers search for them and the orb.
Solarbabies (also known as Solarwarriors and Solarfighters) is a 1986 science fiction film, made by Brooksfilms and directed by Alan Johnson. The film was the second and final film directed by Alan Johnson, who is better known for his work as a choreographer. Starring are Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, Lukas Haas, James Le Gros, Claude Brooks, Peter DeLuise, Sarah Douglas and Alexei Sayle.
About the Story
In a bleak post-apocalyptic future, most of Earth’s water has been controlled. The Eco Protectorate, a para-military organization, governs the planet’s new order. Orphan children, mostly teenagers, live in orphanages created by the Protectorate, designed to indoctrinate new recruits into their service.
The orphans play a rough sport which is a hybrid of lacrosse and roller-hockey. Playing is the only thing that unites them other than the futile attempts of the Protectorate to control them. These orphans are Jason, the group’s leader (Jason Patric), Terra (Jami Gertz), Tug (Peter DeLuise), Rabbit (Claude Brooks), Metron (James LeGros), and a young deaf boy named Daniel (Lukas Haas).
While hiding in a cave, Daniel finds a mysterious orb with special powers. The orb is an alien intelligence called Bohdai, who miraculously restores Daniel’s hearing and has other powers, such as creating rain indoors. Another orphan, Darstar (Adrian Pasdar), takes the orb, hoping that he will be able to use it. He leaves the orphanage on rollerskates and Daniel soon follows.
The rest of the group chase after Daniel. The E-police learn of Bohdai while chasing the teens and catch Darstar with the sphere. The teens are eventually rescued by a band of older outlaws called the Eco Warriors. They have retired from fighting and are led by Terra’s long-lost father. The teens leave the Eco Warriors and using their rollerskating skills, break into the Protectorate’s high security Water Storage Building.
The teens discover the E-Police are trying to destroy Bohdai and they manage to recover the alien, but as soon as they do the sphere dematerializes and destroys the facility, releasing the water back to where it belongs as they rush out.
Directed by: Alan Johnson
Starring: Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, Lukas Haas, James Le Gros, Claude Brooks, Peter DeLuise, Sarah Douglas, Alexei Sayle
Screenplay by: Walon Green, D.A. Metrov
Production Design by: Anthony Pratt
Cinematography by: Peter MacDonald
Film Editing by: Conrad Buff
Costume Design by: Bob Ringwood
Set Decoration by: Graham Sumner
Art Direction by: José María Alarcón, Don Dossett, Fernando González, Raul Paton, Francisco Prósper, Leslie Tomkins
Music by: Maurice Jarre
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date: November 26, 1986