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Name of a dystopian cyberpunk movie, possibly released in the 80s or 90s

Apologies if my information is sketchy, I only saw this movie once as a child.

In a dystopian future/alternate time line a group of kids and teenagers are harbouring some sort of AI device housed inside a small metal sphere or cube.

I recall them spending a lot of time rollerblading or skating during the film.

The main villain has a slightly Nazi style look- military cap, coat with wide lapels etc. and threatens to "alter" or "surgically alter" his foes.

The film had a sort of cyberpunk look, everything being dark and grimly but with graffiti or neon lights abundant.
asked Sep 4, 2015 in Name That Movie by Rufus_Vegas (57 points)
This reminds me of "Prayer of the Rollerboys".
I've looked at that before on IMDB and didn't think it was the one, but I've just noticed it uploaded to YouTube so I'll have a look and get back to you, thanks.
Well I watched Prayer... I'm pretty sure it wasn't the film I'm looking for, no AI or threats of surgery! It's possible that I saw 2 movies at a similar time and mixed them together in my memory I suppose.

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"Solarbabies" (1986) ?
From IMDb:
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.

Here's the movie trailer on YouTube:

answered Sep 4, 2015 by MystMoonstruck (10,229 points)
selected Sep 4, 2015 by Rufus_Vegas
Thanks, that's definitely it. After all these years of wondering it's a shame it sucks!
Thank you for the BA!

You're welcome!