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Rollerball (1975)
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Rollerball (1975) The year is 2018. There is no crime and there are no more wars. Corporations are now the leaders of the world, as well as the controllers of the people. A violent futuristic game known as Rollerball is now the recreational sport of the world, with teams representing various areas competing for the title of champion. The defending championship team, the Houston team led by the determined ten-year veteran Johnathan E., are looking to repeat as champions. However, Bartholomew, the sinister corporate head, wants Johnathan to retire, even though he is the most respected athlete of his time. Johnathan's rebellious quest will not come out with complications, both for him and his teammates, after he decides to continue playing despite Bartholomew's threats.

Movie Tagline:
In the not-too-distant future, wars will no longer exist...

Title: Rollerball
Release Date: June 25, 1975
Runtime: 125 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Sport
Languages: English
Country: UK
Colors: Color
Sound: 4-Track Stereo, 70 mm 6-Track
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Buried.com Rating: 7.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R

MPAA Rating: R

Norman Jewison

James Caan ...Jonathan E.
John Houseman ...Bartholomew
Maud Adams ...Ella
John Beck ...Moonpie
Moses Gunn ...Cletus
Pamela Hensley ...Mackie
Barbara Trentham ...Daphne
John Normington ...Executive
Shane Rimmer ...Rusty, Team Executive
Burt Kwouk ...Japanese Doctor
Nancy Bleier ...Girl in Library
Richard LeParmentier ...Bartholomew's Aide (as Rick LeParmentier)
Robert Ito ...Strategy Coach for Houston Team
Ralph Richardson ...Librarian
Steve Boyum ...Biker
Miquel Brown ... (unconfirmed)
Tony Brubaker ...Blue - Houston Biker
Loftus Burton ...Reporter
Anthony Chinn ...Reporter
Sarah Douglas ...Party Guest
Abi Gouhad ...Reporter
David Griffin ...Man Collecting Coats
Alan Hamane ...Biker
John Harvey ...Directorate Executive
Andy Ho ...Reporter
Robert Lee ...Executive
Bob Leon ...Biker
Angus MacInnes ...Jonathan's Guard
Mac McDonald ...Executive
Bob Miller ...Game Announcer

» [more cast members]

Norman Jewison
Patrick J. Palmer

William Harrison
William Harrison

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor"
"Symphony No. 8: First Movement"
"Glass Sculpture"
"Executive Party"
"Symphony No. 5: Third Movement"
"Executive Party Dance"
"Symphony No. 5: Fourth Movement"

More Movie Taglines:
  • In the not-too-distant future, wars will no longer exist...
  • This movie will haunt your future ... because it's almost here!
  • The next war will not be fought
  • it will be played.
  • In the future there will be no war. There will only be Rollerball.
  • In the not-too-distant future, wars will no longer exist. But there will be Rollerball
Movie Quote(s):
  • Crowd of spectators: JON-A-THAN. JON-A-THAN. JON-A-THAN. JON-A-THAN. JON...
  • Jonathan E.: Ears. Now, they're important, too.
  • Bartholomew: The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort.
  • Bartholomew: [in a video conference with other corporate executives] In my opinion, we are confronted here with something of a situation. Otherwise, I would not have presumed to take up your time. Once again, it concerns the case of Jonathan E. We know we don't want anything extraordinary to happen to Jonathan. We've already agreeed on that. No accidents, nothing unnatural. The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort. And the game must do its work. The Energy Corporation has done all it can, and if a champion defeats the meaning for which the game was designed, then he must lose. I hope you agree with my reasoning.
  • [at the start of the Tokyo game] P.A. Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, will you stand please for the playing of our Corporate Hymn.
Movie Trivia:
  • Norman Jewison said he cast James Caan as Jonathan E, the champion Rollerball player, after seeing him play Brian Piccolo, the real-life Chicago Bears running back in Brian's Song (1971) (TV).
  • The game of Rollerball was so realistic the cast, extras, and stunt personnel played it between takes on the set.
  • There was only one "Rollerball" rink. It was redressed to appear as different cities.
  • During the Tokyo-Houston game, the Tokyo fans are chanting "Ganbare Tokyo!", which translates into "Do Your Best, Tokyo!"
  • Contrary to rumors, no one died during the filming of any of the stunts.
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