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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:
Controlling the beast within See more (159 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
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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Trivia:
Director Norman Jewison notes on the DVD commentary track that using classical music in a science fiction film, as was the case here and on 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), reduces the tendency for a film to become "dated" over time. Only the party sequence contains 1970s music with analog synthesizer sounds common to the period.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: in the New York game, #3 is seen after he goes "off the board" (riding motorcycle 2) and #2 is also seen in the same manner later in the game.See more »
Quotes:
Jonathan E.:Don't try to frighten me, you don't know how. Now I am going to Tokyo and you are not.See more »
Soundtrack:
Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minorSee more »

FAQ

Chicago Opening Happened When?
What is "Rollerball"?
Why was Jonathan E being forced to retire?
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53 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Controlling the beast within, 26 July 2000
Author: (patrick.hunter@csun.edu) from Northridge, Ca

Why some people have called this film shallow, I will never understand, considering it focuses on character more than most all sci-fi films, especially those action ones made today. Not surprisingly, the recent remake dwelt more on action than character, and perhaps it's significant that director Norman Jewison normally avoids making science-fiction films.

Also, I personally don't interpret ROLLERBALL as an anti-sport drama. It doesn't attack sports per se as much as violence. In his audio commentary to the DVD, Jewison, like many Canadians, admits he's a hockey fan, and once, while witnessing a game get bloodily out of hand, he was inspired to adapt Harrison's marvelous short story.

All in all, I think of the movie as a plea for all of us to find our own basic humanity (and those who say the film lacks humanity really baffle me). In our present competitive world, where the U.S. speed limit is 65 MPH but everyone drives 75 or faster, this motion picture reminds us to control the anarchistic, power-driven beast within.

To offer one example, in its final scene, Jonathan E is about to murder the last opposing team player...but relents. If the film were truly anti-sport,then I think Jonathan would drop the ball and leave; he would mock the game as Mandy Patinkin's character does hockey at the end of SLAPSHOT. Instead, Jonathan E still plays it: he baskets the ball to earn his point because, though he may have touched his humanity, he still retains the drive to win and the thrill of the game. Unlike other--often more sentimental and simple-minded--anti-sports dramas, ROLLERBALL represents the positive aspects of sports (such as ethical aspiration, etc.), while at the same time its negative aspects (such as triumphalist violence, etc.). Afterwards, as the crowd roars, the film might have concluded with a standard, comforting triumph-of-the-human-spirit message, but instead it freezes on a deliberately distorted shot of Jonathan with Bach's portentious music indicating what awaits. Yes, he may be a winner today, but in this world, where the corporation is everything and the individual nothing, his future is dim indeed.

A shallow film? Nonsense! I think this movie taps into ones humanity more than most of the sentimental tripe hyped as significant drama these days.

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