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The Blood of Heroes -- In the barren and desolate world of the post-apocalyptic era, a proud warrior known only as Sallow engages in a brutal sporting event called "juggers." Sallow was once a member of the League -- a ruling body which governs the sport -- but was summarily dismissed after committing a relatively minor infraction.


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Writer (WGA):
David Webb Peoples (written by)
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Release Date:
23 February 1990 (USA) See more »
When juggers play there is only one way to live - THE HARD WAY! - [Australia Theatrical] [Title as Salute of the Jugger] See more »
A Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic world provides the backdrop for a brutal, futuristic game resembling football... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rutger Hauer ... Sallow

Delroy Lindo ... Mbulu

Anna Katarina ... Big Cimber

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Young Gar (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
Gandhi MacIntyre ... Gandhi
Justin Monjo ... Dog Boy (as Justin Monju)
Aaron Martin ... Samchin Boy

Joan Chen ... 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
David Bookalil ... Enforcement Officer #1

John Samaha ... Enforcement Officer #2
Honie Robbinson ... Kolkan Blond Daughter (as Honie Robinson)
Max Fairchild ... Gonzo

Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Lord Vlle
Lia Francisa ... Mara

Richard Norton ... Bone
Basil Clarke ... Red City Overlord
Jack Clayborne ... Red City Juggermaster
Dale Brown ... Caillat
Doug Mealing ... Red City Timekeeper
Adam Zammitt ... Red City Street Urchin
Greg Jordan ... New Qwik
Frank Coorey ... Samchin Jugger
James Webb ... Samchin Jugger
Steve Rackman ... Samchin Jugger
Don Vaughn ... Samchin Jugger
Stephen Stauber ... Samchin Jugger
Kerryn Jackson Hyming ... Kolkan Jugger
Warren Shellback ... Kolkan Jugger
Lee Rice ... Kolkan Jugger
Chris Peters ... Red City Jugger
Josef Schwaiger ... Kolkan Jugger

Rick Adams ... Red City Jugger
Jeff Jensen ... Red City Jugger
Mark Warren ... Red City Jugger
Guy Norris ... Red City Jugger
Domonique Gimondi ... Samchin Musician
Arthur Spinks ... Samchin Musician
Bruce Wormal ... Samchin Musician
Barry Canham ... Samchin Musician
Sunil De Silver ... Samchin Musician
Trevor Frost ... Samchin Musician
Ron Jemmott ... Junk Miner Musician
Trevor Rippingdale ... Junk Miner Musician
Harry Harman ... Junk Miner Musician
John Colborne Veal ... Junk Miner Musician

Directed by
David Webb Peoples  (as David Peoples)
Writing credits
David Webb Peoples (written by) (as David Peoples)

Produced by
Brian Rosen .... executive producer
Charles Roven .... producer
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide (music by)
Cinematography by
David Eggby (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Francis-Bruce 
Production Design by
John Stoddart 
Art Direction by
John Wingrove 
Costume Design by
Terry Ryan 
Makeup Department
Robyn Austin .... makeup artist
Nik Dorning .... makeup artist
Marjory Hamlin .... makeup artist
Brita Kingsbury .... hair: second unit
Kerrie MacFarlane .... makeup assistant
Bob McCarron .... special makeup designer
Debbie Nathan .... makeup assistant
Wendy Sainsbury .... makeup artist
Yvonne Savage .... hairdresser
Sonja Smuk .... makeup artist
Lesley Vanderwalt .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... special makeup designer
Paul Williams .... hairdresser
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
Tic Carroll .... unit manager
Marty Hornstein .... executive in charge of production (as Martin Hornstein)
Carol Hughes .... unit production manager
Kelley Smith-Wait .... post production supervisor (as Kelley M. Smith)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keith Heygate .... first assistant director
Greg Jordan .... fourth assistant director
Guy Norris .... second unit director
Maria Phillips .... third assistant director
Adrian Pickersgill .... first assistant director: second unit (as Adrien Pickergill)
P.J. Voeten .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Ashton .... carpenter
Michael John Burgess .... prop maker
Warren Field .... concept model maker
Justin Fitzpatrick .... art department assistant
Alan Fleming .... construction manager
Colin Gibson .... standby props
Donni Gonzales .... assistant standby props
Adam Grace .... model maker
Pauline Grebert .... prop maker
Paul Jones .... art department assistant
Fiona Kemp .... scenic artist
Steve Lyons .... storyboard artist
Helen Macaskill .... props buyer
Gerald Marr .... carpenter
Bob McCarron .... props design: special animal
Frances McDonald .... art department coordinator
Jock McLachlan .... props buyer
Jock McLachlan .... props dresser
Warwick Miller .... carpenter
Julieanne Mills .... model maker assistant
Gillian Nicholas .... prop maker
Brian Nickless .... assistant art director
Michael O'Kane .... scenic artist
Bob Paton .... construction foreman
Luigi Pittorino .... draughtsperson (as Luigi Pittorina)
Robert Podhadsky .... carpenter (as Robert Podhajsky)
David Rutherford .... model maker
David Scott .... carpenter
David Stenning .... carpenter
Michael Tolerton .... props buyer
David Tremont .... model maker
Bill Undery .... scenic artist
John D. Williams .... props assistant
Michael Wood .... brushhand
Norman Wray .... standby carpenter
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Jay Boekelheide .... sound designer
Jay Boekelheide .... supervising sound editor
Todd Boekelheide .... re-recording mixer
Lloyd Carrick .... production sound mixer
Kim Cascone .... additional apprentice sound editor
Scott Chandler .... foley engineer
Cherilene Chen .... additional apprentice sound editor
Luis Colina .... foley editor
Clare C. Freeman .... assistant dialogue editor (as Clare Freeman)
Kristen Gerstner .... additional apprentice sound editor
Chris Goldsmith .... boom operator
Danny Kopelson .... re-recording mixer
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Devon Miller .... first assistant sound editor
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Douglas Murray .... sound effects editor
David Parker .... re-recording mixer
Michael Rosen .... foley engineer
Paige Sartorius .... dialogue editor
Michael Semanick .... foley engineer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Matthew White .... apprentice sound editor
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Neville Maxwell .... special effects coordinator
Danny Baldwin .... stunts
Peter Chen .... stunts
Mitch Deans .... stunts
Ollie Hall .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Rocky McDonald .... stunts
Guy Norris .... stunt coordinator
Richard Norton .... stunts
Chris Peters .... stunts
Steve Rackman .... stunts
Lee Rice .... stunts
Glenn Ruehland .... co-stunt coordinator
Josef Schwaiger .... stunts
Greg Stuart .... stunts
Don Vaughn .... stunts
Mark Warren .... stunts
James Webb .... stunts
Sue Baldwin .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Yuen .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Breslin .... clapper/loader: main unit
Gary Carden .... first assistant grip
Katrina Crook .... clapper/loader: second unit
Phil Cross .... camera operator (as Philip M. Cross)
Phil Cross .... steadicam operator (as Philip M. Cross)
Ian Dewhurst .... gaffer
Derry Field .... focus puller: main unit
Martin Forster .... third assistant grip
Paul Gantner .... assistant electrician (as Paul J. Gantner)
Frank Hammond .... director of photography: second unit
Guy Hancock .... assistant electrician
Grahame Litchfield .... key grip
Lex Martin .... best boy
Nick Mayo .... focus puller: camera b (as Nicholas Mayo)
Robert McFarlane .... still photographer
Nick Payne .... third electrician
Mark Ramsey .... second assistant grip
Adrien Seffrin .... clapper/loader: camera b (as Adrien Quinn Seffrin)
Lewis Sparkes .... assistant electrician
Peter Terakes .... camera assistant: second unit
Peter Stott .... camera maintenance (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alison Barrett .... casting: Australia
Nicky Barrett .... casting assistant
Jeff Block .... casting assistant
Judith Cruden .... extras casting
Suzanne Ryan .... casting assistant
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peter Bevan .... wardrobe buyer
Tom Collins .... wardrobe assistant
Kate Green .... machinist: #1
Kathy James .... wardrobe supervisor
Helen Mather .... machinist: #2
Devina Maxwell .... wardrobe assistant
Kerri Mazzocco .... stand-by wardrobe (as Kerri Barnett)
Lisa Meagher .... wardrobe assistant
Liz Neate .... machinist: #3
Shane Phillips .... wardrobe assistant
Andrew Short .... stand-by wardrobe
Peter Thonasson .... wardrobe assistant
Steven Vella .... wardrobe assistant
Ross Wallace .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Luis Colina .... second assistant editor: U.S.
Patricia A. Galvin .... first assistant editor: U.S. (as Patricia Galvin)
David Grusovin .... second assistant editor: Australia
Louise Innes .... first assistant editor: Australia
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Music Department
Mark Adler .... conductor: orchestral ensembles
Mark Adler .... orchestrations
Todd Boekelheide .... music recorded by
Todd Boekelheide .... orchestrations
Danny Kopelson .... music recorded by
Larry London .... musician liaison
David Luke .... music recorded by
Other crew
Penny Attfield .... production secretary
Melanie Brown .... continuity: second unit
Penny Carl .... production accountant
Mandy Carter .... accounts assistant
Evanne Chesson .... animal handler
Andy Clarke .... safety officer
Robin Clifton .... location manager
Anna Deakins .... production assistant
Gabrielle Dunn .... production liaison: Sydney
Lee Elliott .... masseuse
John Faithful .... caterer: Sydney (as Johnny Faithfull)
Kathleen Herd .... production liaison: Los Angeles (as Kathleen C. Heard)
David Hutchinson .... masseuse
Maggie Lake .... production coordinator
Steve Marcus .... caterer: Coober Pedy
Maggie McKay .... nurse (as Maggie MacKay)
Gill McKinlay .... production accountant
Annie O'Halloran .... nurse: second unit
Annette Piggot .... accounts assistant (as Annette Piggott)
Kate Roach .... caterer: second unit
Alison Robb .... unit assistant
Ken Robb .... unit assistant
Arch Roberts .... safety officer
Salvador Rovero .... assistant: Mr. Roven
Kelley Smith-Wait .... production coordinator: L.A. (as Kelley M. Smith)
Dougal Thompson .... unit assistant
Neal Thompson .... main title designed by
Jo Weeks .... continuity
Reel Wheels .... unit assistant
Valerie Williams .... supervising accountant
Annie Wright .... unit publicist
Paulie Zink .... personal trainer: Joan Chen
Mason Curtis .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Peter Stott .... projectionist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Salute of the Jugger" - UK (video title), UK (DVD title), USA (working title)
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90 min | Japan:104 min | UK:99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
[Kidda gets tripped by Ghandi when practicing her running skills]
Sallow:Can't pass an old man?
Kidda:I didn't see him.
Sallow:You gotta know where everybody is, all of us!
Kidda:What if I can't?
Sallow:They'll crush your skull!
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What are the differences between the US R-Rated Version and European Version?
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Hail to the Juggers, 29 June 2004
Author: Matador07 from United States

I recently rewatched this movie for the first time in ages, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it held up remarkably well to my older eyes. So many gritty post-apocalyptic hero type flicks that I liked when I was younger turn out upon a more sober "adult" viewing to be amateurish and juvenile. But this movie has real depth, and drew me back in from the opening scene. It fully deserves any cult status it may have achieved, and I went ahead and ordered the DVD (which is finally out) for my collection.

The film is set against the backdrop of a fully realized post-apocalyptic society that actually makes sense (and the "game" the movie is built around is well conceived and executed too). Unlike in many futuristic movies, there is no need for grand exposition explaining why everybody in the film is acting so bizarrely -- in this movie, you understand the people, their desperation, and the certain grim courage of those who dare to dream of more. The movie also has the courage to take itself seriously, while still retaining a light enough touch to throw in spots of humor throughout.

The cast here is several cuts above normal for this sort of thing, with a number of recognizable faces (Chen, D'Onofrio, Hauer, Lindo) making believable and sympathetic characters out of what easily could have been cartoonish cutouts in a lesser film. Chen and Hauer play the two main characters. For Chen, I think it can be argued this is her finest performance, deftly combining vulnerability with courage, innocence with savagery. And for Hauer, an actor who has in more recent times has become a parody of himself, I think this may have represented his last truly effective performance. The stories of these two characters are not stories of grandiose save-the-world heroes, but more down to Earth stories of courage, redemption, and most importantly hope in a world with little of it. The characters aren't pure, they're not pompous, they're just normal people trying to make the best of a tough life. And I think that makes rooting for them all the easier. Its not so important they win -- its important that the find the strength to strive rather than give up. Simple tenacity and the courage to never give up is far more inspiring than the vast majority of the superheroes in the modern comic book adaptation fad. It really is remarkable to find such deft handling of themes like these in an offbeat movie from a genre filled with Grade B quickies.

P.S. I have never seen the longer version, and actually don't really have an interest to. The shorter "Blood of Heroes" is appealing precisely because it manages to scrounge out hope and weary courage from the grim backdrop in a believable fashion.

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