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The Blood of Heroes (1989)

In a future where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, six people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.

Director:

David Webb Peoples (as David Peoples)

Writer:

David Webb Peoples (as David Peoples)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Justin Monjo ... Dog Boy (as Justin Monju)
Aaron Martin Aaron Martin ... Samchin Boy
Joan Chen ... Kidda
Casey Huang Casey Huang ... Kidda's Father
Quang Dinh Quang Dinh ... Samchin Head Elder
John Doumtsis John Doumtsis ... Samchin Timekeeper
John Biro John Biro ... Samchin Peasant #1
Brian Cawley Brian Cawley ... Samchin Peasant #2
Gino Terranova Gino Terranova ... Samchin Peasant #3
Cecilia Wong ... Kidda's Mother
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Storyline

A post-apocalyptic world provides the backdrop for a brutal, futuristic game resembling football. Rutger Hauer plays a disgraced former star leading a ragtag group of "Juggers" to one of the remaining Nine Cities for glory and redemption.

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He plays the deadliest game of all. See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Three weeks of location filming were spent in Coober Pedy. See more »

Goofs

The 90-minute version lists Greg Jordan as "New Qwik" in the end credits, but the final scene in which he appears is only available in the 104-minute version. See more »

Quotes

Sallow: Two Juggers can't fuck after the game. It doesn't work. Unless you like to rub wounds against wounds.
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Crazy Credits

Pre-title card: "People no longer remembered the Golden Age of the 20th Century. They didn't remember the miraculous technology or the cruel wars that followed. They didn't remember when juggers first played The Game or how it came to be played with a dog skull..." See more »

Alternate Versions

The US version stops a little short and omits the "real" not quite so positive ending found in the European/Asian/Australian version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our DVD and Blu-ray Collection (2019) See more »

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How Did People Miss This Great Film?
9 February 2002 | by anborn3000See 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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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salute of the Jugger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$471,775, 25 February 1990

Gross USA:

$882,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$882,290
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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