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Rollerball ()


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In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

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  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
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Jonathan E.
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Bartholomew
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Ella
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Moonpie
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Cletus
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Mackie
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Daphne
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Executive
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Rusty, Team Executive
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Japanese Doctor
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Girl in Library
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Bartholomew's Aide (as Rick LeParmentier)
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Strategy Coach for Houston Team
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Librarian
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Madrid Biker #1 (uncredited)
Jimmy Berg ...
Houston Team Rookie (uncredited)
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Biker (uncredited)
Miquel Brown ...
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Blue - Houston Biker (uncredited)
Loftus Burton ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Barrie Cookson ...
Executive (uncredited)
Robert Dancel ...
Tokyo Team #4 takes out Moonpie (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Pregame Announcer (uncredited)
Abi Gouhad ...
Reporter (uncredited)
David Griffin ...
Man Collecting Coats (uncredited)
Alan Hamane ...
Biker (uncredited)
Patti Hammond ...
Girl at Party (uncredited)
John Harvey ...
Directorate Executive (uncredited)
Andy Ho ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Kevin Jewison ...
Houston Team Rookie (uncredited)
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Woman at Party (uncredited)
Eddie Kubo ...
Captain of the Tokyo Team #8 (uncredited)
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Executive (uncredited)
Bob Leon ...
Biker (uncredited)
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Jonathan's Guard (uncredited)
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Executive (uncredited)
Bob Miller ...
Game Announcer (uncredited)
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Rollerball Team Member (uncredited)
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Game Ball Launch Official (uncredited)
Yasuko Nagazumi ...
Masseuse (uncredited)
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Tuffy (uncredited)
Alfred Thomas ...
Team Trainer (uncredited)
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Jonathan's Captain of Guard (uncredited)
Danny Wong ...
Biker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Norman Jewison

Written by

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William Harrison ... (screenplay)
 
William Harrison ... (short story "Roller Ball Murder") (uncredited)

Produced by

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Norman Jewison ... producer
Patrick J. Palmer ... associate producer (as Patrick Palmer)

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Douglas Slocombe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Antony Gibbs

Editorial Department

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Terry Busby ... assistant editor
Brian Mann ... assistant editor
Amanda Palmer ... assistant editor
Hubert de La Bouillerie ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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John Box

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Robert W. Laing ... (as Robert Laing)

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Julie Harris

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Leonard ... hair consultant (as Leonard of London)
Wally Schneiderman ... makeup artist
Elaine Bowerbank ... hairstyles (uncredited)

Production Management

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Larry DeWaay ... supervising production manager (as Larry De Waay)
Ted Lloyd ... production manager
Dieter Meyer ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kip Gowans ... first assistant director
Chris Kenny ... assistant director
Max Kleven ... second unit director
Peter Price ... assistant director
Dietmar Siegert ... assistant director

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Charles Bishop ... assistant art director
Michael Redding ... construction manager
Jack Towns ... property master

Sound Department

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Derek Ball ... sound mixer
Archie Ludski ... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound re-recordist
Les Wiggins ... dubbing editor
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Sass Bedig ... special effects
John Richardson ... special effects

Stunts

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Craig R. Baxley ... stunts (as Craig Baxley)
Tony Brubaker ... stunts
Gary Epper ... stunts
Max Kleven ... stunt coordinator
Bob Minor ... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson ... stunts (as Jim Nickerson)
Chuck Parkison Jr. ... stunts
Dar Robinson ... stunts
Roy Scammell ... stunts
Walter Scott ... stunts (as Walt Scott)
Dick Warlock ... stunts
Jerry Wills ... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Denis Fraser ... key grip (as Dennis Fraser)
Robin Vidgeon ... camera assistant
Chic Waterson ... camera operator
Robin Browne ... photographer: second unit and aerials (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Renate Arbes ... casting: Munich (as Renate Arbes-Neuchl)
Mary Selway ... casting: London

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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John Hilling ... wardrobe supervisor
Ron Postal ... wardrobe designer: Mr. Caan

Music Department

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André Previn ... conductor
London Symphony Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Don French ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Yvonne Axeworthy ... continuity (as Yvonne Axworthy)
Charles Cannon ... production accountant
Tom Carlile ... publicist
Peter Hicks ... skating supervisor
Golda Offenheim ... production assistant
Julia Pascal ... secretary to producer
Herbert Schurmann ... track architect
Brian Smedley-Aston ... multivision sequences
Robin Demetriou ... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In a futuristic society where corporations have replaced countries, the violent game of Rollerball is used to control the populace by demonstrating the futility of individuality. However, one player, Jonathan E., rises to the top, fights for his personal freedom, and threatens the corporate control. Written by Jeff Hansen

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Taglines It's More Than Just a Game! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rollerball, ¿un futuro próximo? (Spain)
  • Роллербол (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Rollerball: Os Gladiadores do Futuro (Brazil)
  • Rolerbol (Serbia)
  • Ölüm pateni (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Trivia The game of Rollerball was so realistic, the cast, extras, and stunt personnel played it between takes on the set. See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the match with New York, after in many moments of the movie different characters repeated there would have been "No time limit", the scoreboard shows the countdown (starting from 20.00 mins). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Brubaker (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor See more »
Quotes Bartholomew: Sweet Dreams, Moonpie. That's a bad habit you've got there. You know what that habit will make you dream, Moonpie? You'll dream you're an executive. You'll have your hands on all the controls, and you will wear a gray suit, and you will make decisions. But you know what, Moonpie? You know what those executives dream about out there behind their desks? They dream they're great rollerballers. They dream they're Jonathan; they have muscles, they bash in faces.
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