Rollerball

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MGM Released 1975

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Director:
Norman Jewison
Released:
1975
Rating:
R
Rollerball is the cult classic 1975 sci-fi action vehicle from acclaimed director Norman Jewison (In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Moonstruck). Set in the near future when, as a result of the 'Corporate Wars' there is a global corporate society which takes precedence over all governments as we know them rendering official government titles like presidents and prime ministers and the birthright of Kings useless. In this future corporate society a new sport called Rollerball takes the place of other team sports like football, soccer and basketball as well as of war. The whole aim of Rollerball seems to be to control the population in the hopes that the players will eventually die. However, Johnathon E. (The Godfather) seems to be a bit too good at this game, lasting 10 years in professional Rollerball, longer than any other player ever. Therefore, the corporate executives fear him as someone who could lead to the demise of their entire system of society, and they want him to retire and when he refuses they change the rules in the hopes that he will die. Once again one of those evil sci-fi cinemas about futuristic totalitarianism that always gives me a somewhat scary feeling.moreless
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