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Rollerball (1975)

Directed by


Starring (View all)
James Caan James Caan
Jonathan E.
John Houseman John Houseman
Bartholomew
Maud Adams Maud Adams
Ella
John Beck John Beck
Moonpie
Moses Gunn Moses Gunn
Cletus
John Normington John Normington
Executive


Written by
William Harrison William Harrison
(screenplay)


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An average movie

3 years, 1 month ago at Mar 30 8:21
1 vote
Since this movie has a rather solid reputation as a cult-classic, I was quite eager to check it out. In fact, I did see at some point the awful remake they made about 15 years ago and I hoped this original version would be much better. Well, to be honest, even if I still believe that the concept is great, it didn't turn out to be a great movie after all. Basically, even if it wasn't completely dum... read more

Rollerball

2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 24 2:40
1 vote
The nation state as we know it has fallen and there is only the mega-corporation that controls everything from entertainment to the political sphere. No, I’m not providing a generalized summary of Ned Beatty’s blistering monologue in Network, although the 70s had an eerily prescient vision of where America was heading even if it was often through a parodic filter. I’m talking about Norman Je... read more

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9 months, 3 weeks ago at Jul 29 20:49
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Stop me if this seems familiar: The year is 2018 (from a 1970s perspective, of course) and corporations have replaced governments on a global scale. Rollerball is a global spectator sport, part roller derby, part basketball or hockey, and all mayhem. In the movie, stereotypes abound. Houston, the reigning champion, represents "energy" (Enron, anyone?) and their team is populated with bare-fisted, ... read more
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Description: Rollerball is a 1975 science fiction sports film directed and produced by Norman Jewison. It stars James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn and Ralph Richardson. The screenplay, written by William Harrison,adapted his own short story, "Roller Ball Murder", which had first appeared in the September 1973 issue of Esquire. Although Rollerball had an American cast, a Canadian director, and was released by the American company United Artists, it was produced in London and Munich. ... (more)
Release date: 25 June 1975
UPC: 027616701527
Tags: Sci-fi (12), Dystopia (10), Sport (8), 1975 (7), Violence (6), Future (5), 1970s (5), Action (4), Independent Film (3), Roller Skating (3), Motorcycle (3), Helicopter (3), Science Fiction (3), Computer (3), 2010s (2), Forced Retirement (2), Corporations (2), Glove (2), American (2), Multinational (2)
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“Stop me if this seems familiar: The year is 2018 (from a 1970s perspective, of course) and corporations have replaced governments on a global scale. Rollerball is a global spectator sport, part roller derby, part basketball or hockey, and all mayhem. In the movie, stereotypes abound. Houston, the reigning champion, represents "energy" (Enron, anyone?) and their team is populated with bare-fisted, Texas manly-men. The team (and supporters) from Tokyo, display a single-minded, unified front so typical of the Japanese society at-large. And so on. At the center of all of this is Jonathan E - hero and global star of the Houston team. But, as John Houseman's character Bartholomew coldly states, the game is designed to weed out the individual and promote existence for the good of the corporations” read more

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" Date: 5/26/2021 Viewed: Blu-Ray Re-Watch Note: It's been a while since I have seen the original Rollerball movie and I just picked up the Blu-Ray from Scorpion Releasing on Rolin Flix last week. The original Rollerball movie is still a solid film in my opinion. I always love the futurism in many older sci-fi movies because there's a cool aesthetic to it. Rollerball is set in the year 2018 and you get cool surrealistic imagery to it. It's fun to see what people thought the 21st century was go"


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“The nation state as we know it has fallen and there is only the mega-corporation that controls everything from entertainment to the political sphere. No, I’m not providing a generalized summary of Ned Beatty’s blistering monologue in Network, although the 70s had an eerily prescient vision of where America was heading even if it was often through a parodic filter. I’m talking about Norman Jewison’s entry into the jaundiced, dystopic 70s sci-fi, Rollerball.   Less of a well plotted narrative than a film that is largely premise and tone, Rollerball envisions an America in the grips of corporate takeover and lulled by a bloodthirsty sport. Rollerball, the sport, is somewhere between American football, roller-derby, and hockey, and James Caan (it doesn’t matter what his character” read more

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“Since this movie has a rather solid reputation as a cult-classic, I was quite eager to check it out. In fact, I did see at some point the awful remake”

johanlefourbe posted a review 3 years, 1 month ago

An average movie

“Since this movie has a rather solid reputation as a cult-classic, I was quite eager to check it out. In fact, I did see at some point the awful remake they made about 15 years ago and I hoped this original version would be much better. Well, to be honest, even if I still believe that the concept is great, it didn't turn out to be a great movie after all. Basically, even if it wasn't completely dumb as the remake was, it wasn't really smart either, I'm afraid. Futhermore, even if James Caan really had the looks to play this character, his performance was still rather bland. On the other hand, he wasn't helped by the fact that his character was rather poorly written. Indeed, I never understood why was the guy so obsessed about refusing to quit a seemingly violent, dangerous and even rather s” read more

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