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Sallow
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Mbulu
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Big Cimber
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Young Gar (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
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Aaron Martin ...
Samchin Boy
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Kidda
Casey Huang ...
Kidda's Father
Quang Dinh ...
Samchin Head Elder
John Doumtsis ...
Samchin Timekeeper
John Biro ...
Samchin Peasant #1
Brian Cawley ...
Samchin Peasant #2
Gino Terranova ...
Samchin Peasant #3
Cecilia Wong ...
Kidda's Mother
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A Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic world provides the backdrop for a brutal, futuristic game resembling football. Rutger Hauer plays a disgraced former star leading a rag tag group of "Juggers" to one of the remaining Nine Cities for glory and redemption Written by Anonymous

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When juggers play there is only one way to live - THE HARD WAY! - [Australia Theatrical] [Title as Salute of the Jugger] See more »

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Salute of the Jugger  »

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AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

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$471,775 (USA) (25 February 1990)

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$882,290 (USA)
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When Coober Pedy was first surveyed in a location recce for this picture, it reportedly apparently hadn't rained for several years, and it apparently gave out a unique vista. See more »

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The 90-minute version lists Greg Jordan as "New Qwik" in the end credits, but the final scene in which he appears is only available in the 104-minute version. See more »

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Mara: I don't like brutality. I like heroics. I like the blood of heroes.
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Pre-title card: "People no longer remembered the Golden Age of the 20th Century. They didn't remember the miraculous technology or the cruel wars that followed. They didn't remember when juggers first played The Game or how it came to be played with a dog skull..." See more »

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A forgotten masterpiece
18 April 2002 | by (Espoo, Finland) – See all my reviews

"The juggers are coming!" is a shout that strikes both fear and excitement into the hearts of the villagers. These wretched people, living in the Mad Maxesque world of post-nuclear devastation will now have to defend the honor of their village by playing against a wandering band of Juggers.

This game is the centerpoint of the movie. It's a brutal match of American football and medieval warfare. Both teams will try to get a dog skull on a stake at the opposite ends of a small playing field. Only problem is that only a small, lightly padded player (the Qwik) can touch the skull, and all other players are armed with clubs, chains, mallets and bad attitudes.

Needless to say, the game can get brutal, broken bones and gouged eyes are common enough. But once the game is over, the real insights into the world this movie creates are made. There is no brutal rivalry outside the playing field, only a camaraderie that can stem from knowing what you both have been through. The winners are treated to a feast, no matter how poor the village, for the player's blood has brough some exitement into their otherwise dreary and hopeless lives.

I will not spoil the plot here, but needless to say, the young elements of the wandering band of Juggers, which is led by Sallow (Rutger Hauer), will not long be content to fight in backwater villages for little money and poor entertainment (a village of starving peasants can only provide so much).

On the technical side, this is not a brilliant movie, clearly made on a low budget, most of which was probably spent on actors. But movie itself is a great masterpiece, showing more and more of the "world" in which the Juggers live with every time you watch it. Small things will speak volumes and prove true the old saying: A picture speaks more than a thousand words.

Also the action scenes, while they do not contain the speedy cars and flashy wrecks of Mad Max, are still full of adrenalin and will leave thinking about why the game of Jugging is not played already.


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