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Rollerball (1975)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Sport  |  25 June 1975 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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In the future there will be no war. There will only be Rollerball. See more »


Action | Sci-Fi | Sport


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25 June 1975 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (USA)

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For the Houston-Madrid match, at at the start of the film, the scoreboard shows the teams, using three letters for each name. The resulting display reads "HOU MAD". This could be taken as a comment on the game as a whole, and certainly as the deadly spectacle into which it degenerates; "How mad". See more »


During the warm-up of the Tokyo game, a wide shot shows the Tokyo players skating in an "Arrowhead" formation (1-2-3-1). But in the following shot, they start descending out of a 1-3-3 formation. Moreover, from the wide shot to the following shot, they 'jump back' from rink sector E to sector C (compare square-shaped letters on rink). See more »


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Would this be the future?
5 December 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Coming out as it did right after the Vietnam War ended, it seems that "Rollerball" accurately reflected the sense of cynicism - inherent in the idea of dystopia - that had taken over the country. It portrays a corporate future in which the only entertainment is an ultra-violent sport called Rollerball. The thugs who have taken over are able to use this sport not only to control their players, but also to control the population. But one player, Jonathan E. (James Caan), is seeking to change all that...

Aside from looking at the use of violence for entertainment, "Rollerball" also employs some interesting camera angles (mainly in the zooms). Apparently, director Norman Jewison got part of the inspiration from "A Clockwork Orange"; you can certainly see it here. A great movie.

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