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Director:
Writer:
William Harrison (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 June 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's More Than Just a Game! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
As remote from the average film-goer's awareness as 2001: A Space Odyssey See more (158 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... Jonathan E.

John Houseman ... Bartholomew

Maud Adams ... Ella

John Beck ... Moonpie

Moses Gunn ... Cletus

Pamela Hensley ... Mackie
Barbara Trentham ... Daphne
John Normington ... Executive

Shane Rimmer ... Rusty, Team Executive

Burt Kwouk ... Japanese Doctor
Nancy Bleier ... Girl in Library

Richard LeParmentier ... Bartholomew's Aide (as Rick LeParmentier)

Robert Ito ... Strategy Coach for Houston Team

Ralph Richardson ... Librarian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Craig R. Baxley ... Madrid Biker #1 (uncredited)
Steve Boyum ... Biker (uncredited)
Miquel Brown ... (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Tony Brubaker ... Blue - Houston Biker (uncredited)
Loftus Burton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Anthony Chinn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Barrie Cookson ... Executive (uncredited)

Sarah Douglas ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Dick Enberg ... Pregame announcer (uncredited)
Abi Gouhad ... Reporter (uncredited)
David Griffin ... Man Collecting Coats (uncredited)
Alan Hamane ... Biker (uncredited)
Patti Hammond ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Directorate Executive (uncredited)
Andy Ho ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Lee ... Executive (uncredited)
Bob Leon ... Biker (uncredited)

Angus MacInnes ... Jonathan's Guard (uncredited)
Mac McDonald ... Executive (uncredited)
Bob Miller ... Game Announcer (uncredited)

Bob Minor ... Rollerball Team Member (uncredited)

Walter Scott ... Tuffy (uncredited)
Alfred Thomas ... Team Trainer (uncredited)
Burnell Tucker ... Jonathan's Captain of Guard (uncredited)
Danny Wong ... Biker (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
 
Writing credits
William Harrison (screenplay)

William Harrison  short story "Roller Ball Murder" (uncredited)

Produced by
Norman Jewison .... producer
Patrick J. Palmer .... associate producer (as Patrick Palmer)
 
Original Music by
André Previn 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
John Box 
 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Laing  (as Robert Laing)
 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
 
Makeup Department
Leonard .... hair consultant (as Leonard of London)
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Larry DeWaay .... supervising production manager (as Larry De Waay)
Ted Lloyd .... production manager
Dieter Meyer .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... first assistant director
Chris Kenny .... assistant director
Max Kleven .... second unit director
Peter Price .... assistant director
Dietmar Siegert .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Charles Bishop .... assistant art director
Michael Redding .... construction manager
Jack Towns .... property master
 
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound mixer
Archie Ludski .... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound re-recordist
Les Wiggins .... dubbing editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
John Richardson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (as Craig Baxley)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Max Kleven .... stunt coordinator
Bob Minor .... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (as Jim Nickerson)
Chuck Parkison Jr. .... stunts
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunts (as Walt Scott)
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Fraser .... key grip
Robin Vidgeon .... camera assistant
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Robin Browne .... photographer: second unit and aerials (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Renate Arbes .... casting: Munich (as Renate Arbes-Neuchl)
Mary Selway .... casting: London
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hilling .... wardrobe supervisor
Ron Postal .... wardrobe designer: Mr. Caan
 
Editorial Department
Terry Busby .... assistant editor
Brian Mann .... assistant editor
Amanda Palmer .... assistant editor
Hubert de La Bouillerie .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
André Previn .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Don French .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Yvonne Axeworthy .... continuity (as Yvonne Axworthy)
Charles Cannon .... production accountant
Tom Carlile .... publicist
Peter Hicks .... skating supervisor
Golda Offenheim .... production assistant
Julia Pascal .... secretary to producer
Herbert Schurmann .... track architect
Brian Smedley-Aston .... multivision sequences
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (re-rating) (1999) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (2000) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1975) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2000) | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:M (re-rating) (2002) | New Zealand:R18 (orginal rating) (1976) | Norway:18 (1976) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The helicopter that Moonpie's body is picked up with at the Tokio hospital is a German Boelkow Bo 105.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Cletus:Jonathan, there's one thing you ought to know, and nobody's said it, but I'm sure of it. They're afraid of you, Jonathan. All the way to the top, they are.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jet Set Radio Future (2002) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Executive Party DanceSee more »

FAQ

Chicago Opening Happened When?
What is "Rollerball"?
Why was Jonathan E being forced to retire?
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77 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
As remote from the average film-goer's awareness as 2001: A Space Odyssey, 14 March 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

In deference to Stanley Kubrick himself and the wondrous achievement that 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is, was and forever will be, I do not speak of ROLLERBALL in the same breath. Having said that however, here is a film that although lacking the scope, budget and monumental depth of its compatriot, is a totally brilliant piece of film-making, equally awesome in its implications and social comment. Norman Jewison created a masterpiece with Rollerball - understated, misunderstood and undervalued both at the time of its release and later. Perhaps ultimately to its its greatest benefit - the release of the plebeian 2002 re-make which will stand for all time as the most nauseatingly insulting and tastelessly gratuitous reminder to recall the original with perhaps more relish than might otherwise have been the case. No purpose in re-hashing the plot - anyone reading this will already know it. Suffice to say, James Caan's Jonathan E stood for that most basic of human principles - the rights of the individual! As John Houseman, the corrupt and ubiquitous head of the all-powerful Corporation that owns and operates ROLLERBALL inc worldwide, tells Jonathan at one point, "Rollerball was meant to demonstrate the futility of resistance, no man was ever intended to become bigger than the game." This was a society (set in 2018) with media censorship in place to such a degree a centralised computer stores the worlds' entire literary knowledge (physical books being a thing of the past as in FAHRENHEIT 451. Marvellous interspliced sequence with Sir Michael Redgrave as keeper of the world's centralized computer to which Jonathan is drawn, seeking answers to questions he was never supposed to ask. You have to really watch and LISTEN to ROLLERBALL to EXTRICATE from it, what the makers are offering you in terms of reflective contemplation. So many saw the film's middle section as "boring!" So is looking at the sky if you have no knowledge of cloud formation, atmospheric beauty or even indeed WHY there IS a sky and what it means in the grand scale of things! Caan's gradual self discovery as to his own identity and purpose is hand-crafted for you during these middle scenes - THIS is what the film is about..not merely the superb action sequences which are so richly photographed and presented in that gladiatorial arena, a colosseum for the new millennium, no more no less! The highlight of the film, if you are able to see it, is the party for Jonathan E, supposedly to mark his resignation but which in fact might be seen as the Energy Corporation's Last Supper! The scenes of the amphetamine-fed yuppies, destroying the trees with the flame-gun has always made me cry, not because I'm a wimp, a greenie or even an anti lobbyist for hand guns, but because of what those terrible scenes stand for and bring to my own emotional recognition...a directionless society that we are right now so unerringly headed for. Look at the expression on the face of Jonathan's ex-wife as she comes to realise where its all gone wrong - not just for herself but for them all. Now tell me this is boring!!!! As has been recognised by some fellow critics, the absolute last scenes of the movie are perhaps the greatest. The point being less subtly made as we see Houseman staring through the glass at Jonathan E, the last man standing, his corporate outline encircled by the reflected flames on the track - hello? does anyone understand this? One of the greats! Watch this film...don't just see it!

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