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.
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.
This report 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.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler