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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 »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
Action-packed and insightful. See more (165 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)

Byron Morrow ... Game Ball Launch Official (uncredited)
Yasuko Nagazumi ... Masseuse (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 .... 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
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
 
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:
During the Tokyo-Houston game, the Tokyo fans are chanting "Ganbare Tokyo!", which translates into "Do Your Best, Tokyo!"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:
Crowd of spectators:JON-A-THAN. JON-A-THAN. JON-A-THAN. JON-A-THAN. JON...See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Toccata and Fugue in D MinorSee more »

FAQ

Chicago Opening Happened When?
What is "Rollerball"?
Why was Jonathan E being forced to retire?
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61 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Action-packed and insightful., 24 July 2004
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

Rollerball is another of those great 70's cult sci-fi films. It features a great cast of actors and a smart script. It was notorious at the time for its violence, although that was greatly exaggerated in comparison to some professional sports and entertainment. It features a futuristic reimagining of the Roman Empire, with gladiatorial games to distract the populace from their bleak existence. It also predates cyberpunk literature, with ts depiction of a world controlled by powerful conglomerates, a world not too different from the present one.

James Caan is fantastic as Johnathan E, the Michael Jordan of Rollerball. He continues to succeed in a sport designed to show the futility of individual effort. The sport is constantly changed to stop him, yet he continues to overcome every obstacle.

John Housman is electrifying as the head of the Energy Corporation, owners of the Houston Team. He has conspired with his peers to keep the masses down and use this sport to both distract them and show them that the individual can't succeed. He grows more desperate as Johnathan E defeats his schemes. He tries every trick without success.

The supporting cast is filled with great actors, like Moses Gunn, John Beck, Sir Ralph Richardson (not John Gielgud, as one reviewer stated), Maude Adams, and Shane Rimmer.

The film demonstrates that the individual can triumph over insurmountable odds and cautions against corporate control of society. It uses both allegory and speculation beautifully, and packages it with thrilling action. The remake was destined for failure because it couldn't see beyond the action. The action was only window dressing for the greater themes. If only more recent sci-fi films were this thought-provoking, or other films for that matter.

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