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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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It's More Than Just a Game! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

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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

Norman Jewison said he cast James Caan as Jonathan E after seeing him play Brian Piccolo, the real-life Chicago Bears running back in Brian's Song (1971). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the Madrid game, there is a shot of the crowd just after Jonathan E. takes possession of the ball for the first time; visible in the shot is the scoreboard, reading 1-0 Houston. Neither team has scored as yet. See more »

Quotes

NYC Coach: I don't want another man on that track. Houston, what are you trying to do? Nobody's gonna win this game?
Rusty, Team Executive: Game? This wasn't meant to be a game. NEVER.
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Connections

Referenced in Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Vuuck, as in Duck (1997) See more »

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Executive Party
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Composed by André Previn
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Underrated 70's film
19 November 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie presents a dark, disturbing look at a possible future. The movie portrays a cold, sterile society where humanity is generally absent. Corporations run the world and the global pasttime is a violent sport reminisent of the Roman Coliseum. The rollerball scenes, which get more and more violent as the film progresses, are disturbing enough. Equally disturbing is a scene where a group of drunk partygoers blow up trees with some sort of gun. The citizens of this future society are really lacking feeling and humanity. Despite the film's dated look, it's still a future that seems quite possible.


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