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The Salute of the Jugger (1989)
"The Blood of Heroes" (original title)

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Young Gar (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
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Samchin Boy
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Kidda
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Quang Dinh ...
Samchin Head Elder
John Doumtsis ...
Samchin Timekeeper
John Biro ...
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Brian Cawley ...
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Gino Terranova ...
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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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Salute of the Jugger  »

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AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

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$882,290 (USA)
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The sport played in this movie is referenced in the comic book, "Warriors of Plasm," published in the early 1990s by Defiant Comics. In the comic book, the sport is called Splatterball. See more »

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Sallow: Walk... Slowly.
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In the opening credits, the last name of actor Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays the part of Lord Vile, is misspelled as 'Bryne.' See more »

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Brutal Sci-Fi "B" Movie Classic
18 April 2001 | by (Oldwick, NJ) – See all my reviews

On the surface, `The Blood of Heroes' comes across as a poor man's `Road Warrior' -- somewhere in the far-flung future, survivors of a nuclear apocalypse are doing their best to survive and thrive. In `Blood of Heroes', though, these survivors at least have some form of entertainment -- a sport calling `Jugging', which can best be described as a cross between football, lacrosse, and a gladiator death match, serves as popular entertainment. One of the teams of `Juggers' that travels from city to city is lead by Sallow (Rutger Hauer) a former world-class champion looking for one last shot at glory.

Essentially, `The Blood of Heroes' is a cross between a sports film and `The Road Warrior', but that's okay, since it manages to lift the best elements from its source and blends them into something fun, if not necessarily original. Rutger Hauer puts in a cool performance as Sallow, a man who acts like he doesn't care about anything -- even though he desperately wants to taste greatness again, even if it's only for a brief moment.

The `Jugger' matches are great, mainly because they're quick, bloody and brutal. Characters limp after matches, wounds get infected and take forever to heal . . . ironically enough, while the film is cartoonish in many ways, there's a certain gritty realism at its heart. Nothing comes for free, and anything that Sallow and his ragtag team of `Juggers' want, well, there's always a price.

`The Blood of Heroes' is full of action and full of fun, even if some of the dialogue is slightly cheesy and some of the scenes are bad, tired cliches. If you're a sci-fi/action fan, you'll definitely like it -- and if you're a Rutger Hauer aficionado, you'll probably love it.

Grade: B


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