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Title: Rollerball
Post by: Whaaat? on March 20, 2003, 08:53:50 AM
Beautiful review, but... what does it have to do whith *BAD*

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Dr. Channard on March 20, 2003, 07:04:36 PM
Does anyone believe that this movie could be made today?

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Chadzilla on March 20, 2003, 08:00:33 PM
Great movie.  Love, love, loved it from day one.

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Tzoq on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
> That [a corporation] could ever have the same rights
> as a human being (whether or not you believe in the
> soul) is impossible.

 You'd think so, but thanks to maniuplation of a court ruling in the 1880s, corporations are considered "persons" with respect to the Bill of Rights. Before this, it was a felony for corporations to donate money to political parties.

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Greenhornet on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Tzog is right, I think it was in New York when they tried to limit a company's profits to 6% and the company sued.

BACK TO THE MOVIE.......I read the short story, "Rollerball Murder" after seeing the film. It was mostly about the "sport" and included a player caller a "Runner" who, well, RAN and had a Lacross-type thing to scoop up the ball. While the movie has some of that dull sixtys message stuff, it expanded the story well enough.

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Buck Odinson on March 22, 2003, 11:20:05 PM
Verily, a hearty tale indeed. And the comments left by thy humble critic brought a mighty roar of laughter to this Odinson. Three cheers for thou and thy comrades of bad movie lore.

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Jeff Lewis on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
One point that gets missed between the 1975 edition and the 2002 edition is that the 2002 version ends up BEING what the 1975 version was warning about. The irony of this is immeasurable.

Sadly, the people who think the social commentary in the 1975 version detracts from the action are exactly the kind of people who would (and should, I suppose) live in the world protrayed is the movie.

Which is very, very sad.

And yet.. just. :)

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Jim Hepler on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Not only do corporations have the RIGHTS of humans today, they don't have the responsibilities for their actions that people do.  I remember there was a group that founded a corporation that did what were essentially minor corporate sabotage and repeatedly succesfully hid behind this protection, just to prove a point - they were the ones that swapped the GI Joe voice chips with the Barbie voice chips.

Title: Rollerball
Post by: joe on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Rollerball will always have a place in my heart, if only as the last vestige of that excellent "computers of the future as imagined in 1974" font.

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Post by: terry on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
what about the music?
that was okay

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Wence on November 17, 2004, 04:47:52 PM
The movie is interesting, but what the hell are the rules of that silly rollerball-game?

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Post by: Jerry A. on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The TV's of the future in this movie are laughable. One big screen with three smaller ones at the top. lol

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Joel on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This was the first "R" rated movie that I saw, it was with my dad, and I just 14. I rememmber the two movie trailers before "Rollerball" started  - "Beyond the Door" and "Jaws". By the time the movie started I had my legs up on the chair and I shaking. This really prepared me for Rollerball!. I have seen the movie about times, and I finally purchased my very own copy. Each time that I view the movie find something different (e.g. When Jonathan E visits the vegatable "Moonpie" you can just barely make out some tree branches behind the window- didn't catch this until July 31 of this year.) Anyway, the movie is great and so is Harrion's short story "Rollerball Murder(s)"

Title: Rollerball
Post by: SUE on June 30, 2005, 04:24:27 PM
Great movie!!  Actually the game rules were pretty well thought out and easy to follow- trivia: the cast and crew had such a good time they played during breaks in shooting!

Title: Rollerball
Post by: jmsynth on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
How is "Rollerball" (1975) a *BAD* movie. Someone must have got mixed up with "Rollerball" (2002)

Title: Rollerball
Post by: Dominic Wade on March 24, 2006, 04:50:27 AM
Great review, why not pop on the executive party track that everyone goes on about.

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Post by: Joe Stalin on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This is a 70's classic that I love.  I lump it in with Planet of the Apes, The Omega Man and Mad Max.  Awsome ending, what with the carnage all over the track.  

Title: Re: Rollerball
Post by: Alain on April 12, 2007, 05:38:40 AM
This movie rox..and if the tv's of the future are laughable , what about the John travolta pants (it was very 1975 style)

Title: Re: Rollerball
Post by: Goldenarrow on September 28, 2008, 10:08:37 PM
World domination by International Banks is coming together very, very nicely. JPMorgan/Chase and Goldman Sachs getting all those juicy assets from the so-called "housing crises" for 10 cents on the dollar. Heh, heh. What they don't know is that there are not JUST $700 billion of derivatives to bailout. There is a pool of $600 TRILLION dollars of off-balance-sheet derivatives tied to car loans, student loans, GE and GM financing, credit cards, etc., etc.  Quite a neat and tidy way of making the masses dependent on serial bailouts until nothing is left of the currency.  Then, TOTAL CONTROL!  This movie is more prophetic than people realize. Get ready for a malevolent one-world government in our lifetime!!! (By the way, just as the Bible predicted 2000 years ago).

Title: Re: Rollerball
Post by: Brett Miller on October 22, 2008, 11:50:44 AM
The original Rollerball (1975) is one of my absolute favorites. I have owned the LP Soundtrack, the VHS and now the DVD. The DVD needs more extras on it, though.

In 1975, there was a 15-minute promotional clip that ABC played at 10:45 PM at the end of a Movie of the Week. It was really good and it made me make the trek by bus to downtown Seattle to see the movie where I knew I could get in even though I was 15 at the time. (Did the same thing to see Blazing Saddles, 3 Days of the Condor,  and a movie call Lipstick with the Hemingway sisters which really had a Joe Eszterhas feel to it.)

Perhaps, this is the "From Rome to Rollerball: The Full Circle" 8 minute clip that is mentioned at .

I'm also seeing a 2000 documentary called "Return to the Arena: The Making of 'Rollerball'" that I've never seen at

To have James Caan and Norman Jewison do a commentary while they're still able to would be priceless.

Interestingly enough, Munich was futuristic enough for Rollerball to be filmed there and "classic" enough for Willie Wonka to be filmed there a few years earlier giving it a Grimms Fairy Tales kind of feel.

I always think that the greatest film era of my lifetime was the 1968-1975 era that started with Bonnie & Clyde and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and ended with Jaws. This movie, along with 3 Days of the Condor, The Parallax View, Executive Action, and Soylent Green painted a look into dark forces at the levers of power that have made me a more conscientious seeker of information and perhaps less trusting of what I'm being spoon-fed.

Now, as an adult with my responsibilites and obligations, I think of John Houseman's words (as quoted here) of: "You know what those executives dream about, out there, behind their desks? They dream they're great Rollerballers. They dream they're Jonathan. They have muscles. They bash in faces!" Very true.

Title: Re: Rollerball
Post by: lilnitenurse on June 23, 2009, 01:11:26 PM
This movie would've been alright if James Caan would've SPOKEN his lines instead of mumbling them!