Roll Bounce

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Roll Bounce
Roll bounce.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Produced by Tyrone D. Dixon
Dana Reid
Adam Robinson
Jeremiah Samuels
Robert Teitel
George Tillman, Jr.
Written by Norman Vance Jr.
Starring Bow Wow
Chi McBride
Mike Epps
Wesley Jonathan
Meagan Good
Kellita Smith
Jurnee Smollett
Nick Cannon
Music by Stanley Clarke
Nile Rodgers
Cinematography J. Michael Muro
Edited by George Bowers
Paul Millspaugh
State Street Pictures
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23) (Rio)
  • September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million[1]
Box office $17,500,866[2]

Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s Chicago. The film also stars Nick Cannon, Meagan Good, Brandon T. Jackson, Wesley Jonathan, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith, and Jurnee Smollett. (The name of the film is derived from the 1979 song "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" by Vaughan Mason & Crew.)


Set in 1978 Chicago, Roll Bounce tells the story of a boy named Xavier (Bow Wow) (nicknamed "X") whose mother has passed, leaving him with his father, Curtis (Chi McBride) and his sister, Sonya. After the local roller rink closes down, X and his friends are forced to skate in the ritzy uptown rink "Sweetwater". Tired of being disrespected by the skate rental distributor (Nick Cannon) and other skaters at Sweetwater, the group enters a roller disco contest. Their biggest rivals are the 5-year champion, Sweetness (Wesley Jonathan) and his crew, the Sweetwater Rollers. The film centers on X's training for the competition while trying to work through problems with his father and his pretty childhood friend, Naomi (Meagan Good).

In the end, it not only comes down to gaining the respect of others, but also learning to respect themselves and giving roller disco their all.

Supporting actors include Marcus T. Paulk, Khleo Thomas, Nick Cannon, Rick Gonzalez, Charlie Murphy, Mike Epps, Brandon T. Jackson, and Wayne Brady. The soundtrack features Ray J, R. Kelly, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Brooke Valentine, Fabolous, Michelle Williams, and Shorty Mack.



Year Show Category Recipient Result
2006 Black Movie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Directing Malcolm D. Lee Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting Norman Vance, Jr. Nominated
Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Brandon T. Jackson Winner
Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted Norman Vance, Jr.
Best Ensemble Award Jurnee Smollett Nominated
Best Director Malcolm D. Lee
Best Original Soundtrack N/A


  1. ^ Box Office Information for Roll Bounce. The Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Roll Bounce (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 10, 2009. 

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