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Rollerball (2002)

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John McTiernan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Klein ... Jonathan Cross
Jean Reno ... Alexis Petrovich
LL Cool J ... Marcus Ridley
Rebecca Romijn ... Aurora (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
Naveen Andrews ... Sanjay
Oleg Taktarov ... Denekin
David Hemblen ... Serokin
Janet Wright ... Coach Olga
Andrew Bryniarski ... Halloran
Kata Dobó ... Katya
Alice Poon Alice Poon ... Red Team #7
Lucia Rijker Lucia Rijker ... Red Team #9
Melissa R. Stubbs ... Red Team #12 (as Melissa Stubbs)
Paul Wu ... Red Team #16 - U Chow
Yolanda Hughes-Heying Yolanda Hughes-Heying ... Red Team #28
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Storyline

In this fast action-packed thriller, Jonathan (Chris Klein), Marcus (LL Cool J), and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn) compete in a dangerous, fierce sport called Rollerball. Although, Johnathan and Marcus try to quit, cruel and vindictive promoter Alexi Petrovich (Jean Reno) encourages them to still participate. Petrovich sends his men to attack them while they are on a trip, but Johnathan survives. In the end during a game of Rollberball, Petrovich attempts a public execution of Johnathan, but the question is will Johnathan get revenge. Written by Clifton Baird

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Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

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USA | Germany | Japan

Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batalia pe role See more »

Filming Locations:

Blainville, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,013,548, 10 February 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,990,798, 23 May 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,852,764, 31 December 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Matilda Szydagis made her acting debut in this film, but her part ended up on the cutting room floor. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the first Rollerball match after Aurora mocks Jonathan, There is a cable attached to her motorcycle that is visible when she does a 180 burn out. See more »

Quotes

Chinese Sports Announcer: It's simple, about as simple as using a name-brand condom!
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Alternate Versions

German uncut version was rated "Not under 18" by the ratings board FSK (in addition, this version was restricted from playing on certain public holidays). For commercial reasons, distributor Helkon, who wanted to release the film over the Easter holidays, cut the film and submitted it again, expecting a "Not under 16" rating. But the FSK denied that and the cut version was rated also "Not under 18" (this time without the holiday restrictions). This cut version was released to cinemas. DVD features the uncut version. See more »


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Never Gonna Stop
Performed by Rob Zombie
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Achingly, horrifyingly, stunningly bad
25 June 2002 | by kirkerSee all my reviews

A certain film critic -- I believe it was the NY Times reviewer -- labeled "Battlefield Earth" as, to paraphrase, "what will become known in infamy as the worst film of the 21st century." He was wrong. "Rollerball" wins hands down. The acting, dialogue and direction are incomparably bad -- and I defy anyone to sit down after watching the movie once and effectively explain the plots, character motivations, or any of the rules of the Rollerball game. This is the most poorly-edited major studio film I've seen since "Superman IV," which is still my least favorite movie of all time. There are at least five or six very, very obvious dubs over the f-word, clearly done late in the game to obtain a PG-13 rating. This is fine for an airing on network television, but for an R-rated DVD? Um, no. Others here have already eviscerated the ridiculous night-vision sentence effectively, so I won't go there. The only thing remotely worth watching in this film is the opening luge sequence.


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