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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.


David Webb Peoples (as David Peoples)


David Webb Peoples (as David Peoples)




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


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 »


Action | Sci-Fi | Sport


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Did You Know?


Director of Photography David Eggby said of this movie: "From a cinematographer's point of view, the main thing I wanted to achieve while shooting in Coober Pedy was to get as much back side lighting as possible." See more »


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 »


Dog Boy: No! Nobody carries the dog boy.
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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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A well-played sci-fi that deserves more recognition.
19 June 2002 | by ldrunnerSee all my reviews

I certainly didn't have high expectations as I rented this movie. I hadn't heard of it before so I figured it would be some B-version of Mad Max. The reason it caught my eye was that it featured Rutger Hauer in the leading role. His acting skills is limited but his charisma gives his characters a weight that many better actors can't provide.

David Webb Peoples have done more writing than directing. He is behind movies such as "Blade Runner" , "Twelve Monkeys" and "Soldier", all of them similar to "Salute of the Jugger".

It's easy to tell that this movie have a low budget. Most of it takes place out in an apocalyptic desert kind of landscape. The rest in an underground colosseum. No panoramic shots. There are no special effects whatsoever, and that enforces the sense of gritty, futuristic realism that sets this movie apart from many others in the same genre.

You never get to know any of the characters well, but they all have a certain depth thanks to the good acting performances. Luckily this movie has no humoristic sidekick character. That's a relief. Most of these movies have one or several of those.

This movie is no masterpiece, but it's a well-played movie that kept me entertained for the time it lasted. I wouldn't mind seeing it again. With some character development and a bigger budget it could have been a true classic, and it deserves more recognition.

If you haven't seen this movie already I suggest you do it.

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Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salute of the Jugger See more »


Box Office


AUD10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$471,775, 25 February 1990

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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