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Rollerball (1975)

Cast: Dar Robinson, Dar Robinson, James Caan, more...
Director: Norman Jewison, Norman Jewison
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Action, Science Fiction , Sports Drama, Sports, Sports Drama
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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In the year 2018 violence has been outlawed and corporations have replaced government as the ruling party following the demise of politics. With the absence of war or conflict, a forcibly passive population's bloodlust is satisfied by a brutal new sport known as Rollerball. A high-octane melding of the outlawed sports of the past, the worldwide phenomenon of Rollerball has resulted in a corporate-backed sensation. The most popular athlete in the world, Jonathan E. (James Caan) has steadily risen through the ranks to become a legendary veteran of the sport. When the corporate backers of Rollerball begin to fear that Jonathan's popularity has instilled him with a potentially dangerous amount of power, a thunderous struggle between man's free will and the oppression of the masses threatens to shatter the fragile strings that the puppet masters use to manipulate mankind. His determination to remain with the sport flying in the face of the very reason Rollerball was conceived, the corporate rulers hatch a plot to abandon the rules in hopes that Jonathan will be killed and their grip of power will remain an unyielding chokehold on an increasingly bloodthirsty populace. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

lame with good ideas by thomasadam October 22, 2004 - 2:47 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
this is a weird one. I watched it and thought, "this is really dated" or "I could do better than that". And therin lies the problem. The movie goes for some overarching statement, but the filmmaker doesn't know how. The end is confusing. Does this represent some sort of victory for the individual over corporations? I tend to see it as confirmation of the fascist ethos in sports, though I don't think that's what Jewison intended.

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