Rollerball (1975) Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Ralph Richardson

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By the year 2018, the Corporate Wars have ended and crime has been eliminated around the globe. To entertain and divert the bored masses, the sport of Rollerball -- a cross between hockey, roller derby, and motocross -- has been invented and become wildly popular. Veteran player Jonathan E. (Caan) of the Houston team has become so big with the fans over his ten-year career that the corporate owners fear his stardom violates the team ideology of Rollerball and may inspire a revolution.
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Personified by Mr. Bartholomew (Houseman), an executive with Energy Corp., the owners take away Jonathan's beloved Ella (Adams) and substitute various concubines, and loosen the rules of the game so it becomes even more dangerous. The Houston-Tokyo game is a near massacre. Increasingly suspicious, previously dumb jock Jonathan tries to investigate the history of the game and the corporations, but Zero, the world's most powerful computer, provides no answers.

In the final game of the season, against New York, there will be no penalties, no substitutions, and no time limit, and the owners are openly encouraging the NY players to kill Jonathan.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

ROLLERBALL is a movie directed by Norman Jewison in 1975. Screenplay directed written for the screen by William Harrison.

Jonathan E. is the best rollerball player of the Houston team. For ten years now, he's playing this violent game sponsored by huge corporative organizations. His employer John Houseman wants Jonathan to retire because he fears that Jonathan has got too much power over the shouting crowd and so could be a danger for the corporation. Jonathan refuses as the game becomes even more violent.

A classic.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Rollerball (1975)

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 45%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 35%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   near future Sports story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   athlete Age:    -   20's-30's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Switzerland Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Misc setting    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing nude male butt Kind of violence:    -   karate chop    -   hand to hand Unusual forms of death    -   run over    -   flamed

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