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

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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 "... See full summary »

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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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Kidda's Father
Quang Dinh ...
Samchin Head Elder
John Doumtsis ...
Samchin Timekeeper
John Biro ...
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Gino Terranova ...
Samchin Peasant #3
Cecilia Wong ...
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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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Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

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Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Salute of the Jugger  »

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Budget:

AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$882,290 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Rutger Hauer's autobiography, during a break in filming he took a motorcycle ride in the outback. He ended up following a kangaroo for a bit but, then found himself lost in the desert. After a bit of tension he finally he pointed his bike in the right direction and made it back to the set. See more »

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Young Gar: A hundred fucking stones!
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Crazy Credits

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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The best sport movie ever made
6 February 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I am surprised and delighted by the sheer depth of this movie every time I re-watch it. Not only is the jugger sport convincing, well-designed and very enthusiastically played by the excellent cast of actors, but the post-civilised (as opposed to post-apocalyptic) world it takes place in is both subtly drawn and entirely believable. Nowhere in the pithy script is there the usual heavy-handed sci-fi references to the nuclear war (or whatever) that reduced human-kind back to feudal barbarism. We are presented with the world of the juggers as-is, without a single "as you know, our society collapsed after the great firestorm in the sky" speech or a hint that the heroes of the title can improve mankind's sad situation as anything other than gladiatorial entertainers. A masterpiece that should be on DVD, converted into a computer game and, if they can get the original cast and production team together, sequelled.


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