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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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When juggers play there is only one way to live - THE HARD WAY! - [Australia Theatrical] [Title as Salute of the Jugger] See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The closing credits give: "Special thanks to the People of Coober Pedy, South Australia." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gonzo: Lord Vile, I've broken Juggers in half, smashed their bones, left the ground behind me wet with brains. There's nothing I wouldn't do to win. But I never hurt anyone for any reason other than sticking a dog's skull on a stake.
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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 »

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SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!
21 June 1999 | by SoapboxSee all my reviews

It's difficult to adequately describe this amazing movie A truly remarkable film. It tells a simple story in a beautiful and brutal way. The writing stays out of the way and allows the story to be told with out getting gunked up with a lot of preachy dialogue. The performances by Hauer, D'Onofrio, and Chen are intense when they have to be and minimalistic when they ought to be. But the true genius of this movie is the production design. The details are what leap out at me. The little things. Everything seems right and nothing is out of place. The constant brutality is underscored by the moments of beauty and heroics. SEE THIS MOVIE


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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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