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Rollerball -- James Caan stars as a rollerball champ in this fast-hitting, action-packed glimpse of a future where a brutal, no-holds-barred sport takes the place of war, and murder is just part of the game.

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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:
The original and still the best of the genre See more (163 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)
 
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
Denis Fraser .... key grip (as Dennis Fraser)
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 film inspired the short-lived TNN sports show "RollerJam" (1999).See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The chanting crowd in Tokyo, Japan mispronounces the name of their city. They chant "To-ki-o" instead of "Tô-kyô." Perhaps in this alternate future, dialect has changed.See more »
Quotes:
P.A. Announcer:[before the start of the New York game] Your attention please... Rule changes for tonight's World Championship Game: No substitutions, no penalties... and no time limit!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in These Sorcerers Are Mad (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Executive PartySee more »

FAQ

What is "Rollerball"?
Why was Jonathan E being forced to retire?
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51 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
The original and still the best of the genre, 13 January 2004
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This film is a classic. A brilliant adaptation of the future and that is way better than the updated version that John McTiernan released which to this day cannot hold a candle to this science fiction masterpiece that was released in 1975. The year 1975 brought out some of the best movies of that year and some to this day still holds its own. From "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest",to "Jaws","Shampoo",the rock musicals "Tommy",and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" to the performances of "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" to "Dog Day Afternoon",and not to mention "Nashville" and the sequel "French Connection II",and "The Eiger Sanction",these films represented what a year it was in motion pictures especially in the year 1975.

The film "Rollerball"(United Artists,1975),was screenplay by William Harrison and directed by Norman Jewison,who was Oscar nominated for his brilliant direction in such films,"In The Heat Of The Night",and the musical "Fiddler On The Roof",is no stranger to science fiction material. The film is set in the year 2018 where there are no wars and no crime,but there is only....the Game. In a world where corporations rule and no one asks questions-the vicious and barbaric sport of Rollerball satisfies the violent impulses of the masses. Tuned to their televisions,the people watch the sport of the future which is a brutal mutation of football,the Romanesque gladiator fighting,motorcross and hockey. Jonathan E.(played brilliantly by James Caan) is the champion Rollerball player-a man too good for his own good. The corporation has taken away the woman he loves(Maud Adams),but they won't take away his soul even if the diabolical corporate head(John Houseman)tells him he'd better retire..or suffer the old-fashioned way.

With some surrealistic imagery,Orwellian theme,and tense action with some of the best action sequences ever filmed,this picture will grip you from the moment the ball rolling out and zooms into the stadium to its chilling cilmax,this movie has haunted audiences as it takes a look into the future and what the future would become,and has a stunning effect. James Caan's performance is something to marvel at and John Houseman's performance as the diabolical corporate executive is a chilling and stalking cold and with some of the strong support from its cast including John Beck,Moses Gunn,and Ralph Richardson.

The 1975 version is worth seeing..it is the original and still the best of its genre...Don't even bother with the 2002 version with was directed by John McTiernan.

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