The Blood of Heroes (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Sport  |  23 February 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Big Cimber
Young Gar (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
Gandhi MacIntyre ...
Justin Monjo ...
Dog Boy (as Justin Monju)
Aaron Martin ...
Samchin Boy
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 ...
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Cecilia Wong ...
Kidda's Mother


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 »


Action | Sci-Fi | Sport


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Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salute of the Jugger  »

Box Office


AUD 10,000,000 (estimated)


$882,290 (USA)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Kidda's Mother: Why do you do it, Kidda? They hurt you.
Kidda: I don't care. I hurt them too.
Kidda's Mother: They hurt you more. Kicked you!
Kidda: Someone from The League kicked me. The man from the City. The good one... I could be good like that. I'm going away, mama.
Kidda's Mother: Life is hard everywhere.
Kidda: I'm good. I can win!
Kidda's Mother: Win what?
Kidda: Everything!
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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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How Did People Miss This Great Film?
9 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

What a hidden gem of a cinematic effort! I cannot believe that this film didn't receive the notoriety it deserved back in '88! The backdrop is the standard post-apocalyptic mess that humanity has left itself in after "who knows what." The juggers travel town-to-town in search of food and entertainment, in return for providing matches against the local teams.

The script is well executed and one is led to believe this sport would have a wide following in the aftermath, almost like a team sport of UFC of the future. The characters are superb and Hauer and Chen really give them life. Rutger needs to go back to this flick and see what he has lost! I really cared about this band of juggers and it seemed like everyone in the ensemble was on the same page. The Blood Of Heroes is a tremendous miss in the anals of great sci-fi films. Please go rent it.

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