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Rollerball (1975)

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

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In a futuristic society where corporations have replaced countries, the violent game of Rollerball is used to control the populace by demonstrating the futility of individuality. However, one player, Jonathan E., rises to the top, fights for his personal freedom, and threatens the corporate control. Written by Jeff Hansen <jmh@umich.edu>

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In the future there will be no war. There will only be Rollerball. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi | Sport

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25 June 1975 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000
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Trivia

In the liner notes to the Region 2 DVD, Director Norman Jewison is quoted as being influenced by Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). The influence is most obviously seen in the repetitive use of zooms, classical music, and modern (concrete and glass) architecture. See more »

Goofs

At 18min 14secs the center set of drawers under the reception table is so far back they would be difficult to reach. Also, being so far back you would not be able to see what was in the top drawer, and have trouble taking anything out of the draw unless you removed it whole. See more »

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Pregame announcer: Good evening everyone! And welcome to Houston, the energy city, home of the defending Rollerball World Champions. This key international battle pits the divisional champions, visiting Madrid, against powerful Houston. - - And here they come to a standing ovation. On the track comes Houston! Houston, lead by captain Jonathan E, again their leading scorer this year.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Symphony No. 8: First Movement
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Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Underrated 70's film
19 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie presents a dark, disturbing look at a possible future. The movie portrays a cold, sterile society where humanity is generally absent. Corporations run the world and the global pasttime is a violent sport reminisent of the Roman Coliseum. The rollerball scenes, which get more and more violent as the film progresses, are disturbing enough. Equally disturbing is a scene where a group of drunk partygoers blow up trees with some sort of gun. The citizens of this future society are really lacking feeling and humanity. Despite the film's dated look, it's still a future that seems quite possible.


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