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Rollerball (1975)

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

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Storyline

In a futuristic society where corporations have replaced countries, the violent game of Rollerball is used to control the populace by demonstrating the futility of individuality. However, one player, Jonathan E., rises to the top, fights for his personal freedom, and threatens the corporate control. Written by Jeff Hansen <jmh@umich.edu>

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The next World War will not be fought. It will be PLAYED. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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25 June 1975 (USA)  »

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Роллербол  »

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$30,000,000 (USA)
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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the Tokyo-Houston game, the Tokyo fans are chanting "Ganbare Tokyo!", which translates into "Do Your Best, Tokyo!" See more »

Goofs

At 18min 14secs the center set of drawers under the reception table is so far back they would be difficult to reach. Also, being so far back you would not be able to see what was in the top drawer, and have trouble taking anything out of the draw unless you removed it whole. See more »

Quotes

Ella: But comfort is freedom. The entire history of civilization is a struggle against poverty and need.
Jonathan E.: No, that's not it. That's never been it. I mean, them privileges just buy us off.
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Referenced in GUNSHIP: Tech Noir (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz
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from ballet "Sleeping Beauty"
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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This film is the don/Ubermensch.
8 December 2004 | by (Ether) – See all my reviews

I thought id right this as some other comment said it was disappointing, and i had to put them straight.

This is a flawed masterpiece, yes. But still a masterpiece. The slow bits that other commentators point out are in contrast to the super fast game scenes. And what a Dirty Little Game it is.

But hey thats life, I think this ranks up there with 1984, as one of the few films that realistically depicts life as it really is.

I think the strength and ultimately the weakness of this film is the simplicity it achieves.

Strength, as usually a film with this sort of scope becomes rather convoluted and philosophical; but this film uses some visually stunning symbols and very little dialogue - remember those fools who say that there is no depth of character, this film is based in the world of "the last man", where everyone is a weak victim of the state, they don't have any depth of characture. Thats the point, the state has achieved its ideal.

Its weekness, as people don't get this film (people generally don't get many films), as in the case of Donnie Darko, but DD is so obviously complicated people think that they are missing something. With this film blink and you miss it - its so simple people don't see its masterful and sublime use of symbols. Also you get the feeling the directer thought his film would be banned for glorifying violence, so he made a special effort to hammer his point home(take the losing an epoch scene).

And at worst think its some film about violence. I first saw this film when i was 14, and it opened up my eyes to the use of symbols and structures in films. Watch it, it changed the way i view films and life.

Not an exaggeration.


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