Rollerball (1975)

In a future world ruled by industrialists, "civilized" society has removed violent activity and a new sport, rollerball, has emerged. The industrialists oppose the ultimate rollerball champ, fearing that his popularity will make… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 25, 1975
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

James Caan, on roller skates, is trying to save the world. This needs a bit of explaining, which is only the beginning of the trouble with Rollerball.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Ultimately, Rollerball gets by on its sheer monolithic quality - an abundance of quantity. Despite indifferent direction and dire humour, it is well mounted and photographed.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Director Norman Jewison has far more luck with his staging of the Rollerball matches (they're at once exciting and horrifying) than scripter William Harrison has in condemning this futureworld with anything more than boilerplate lip service.

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Variety Staff

Norman Jewison's sensational futuristic drama about a world of Corporate States stars James Caan in an excellent performance as a famed athlete who fights for his identity and free will.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Everyone else, including Mr. Caan and John Houseman, who plays a leading Houston executive, is more solemn and serious than the movie ever merits.

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Philip Concannon
The Skinny

With its sluggish pacing, Rollerball gradually loses momentum between its slickly constructed game sequences

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Lifeless, uninspired, and crammed with enough hints of intellectual consistency to give the socially conscious critical establishment shivers of excitement.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A science fiction masterpiece and exciting action film.

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Inside the arena, it's a fantastic action movie, but outside, it's starchy and pretentious.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
In a future where corporations run pretty much everything and individualism is a big no-no, James Caan is our noble savage, curious as to why he is being asked… More
Phil Hubbs
In the future rollerskating is a deadly sport where anything goes, yes rollerskating. Its 2018 and the world is a corporate state, a dystopian future where… More
xGary Xx
The star player of a gladiatorial future sport is ordered to retire by the corporate executives who see his popularity as a threat to their totalitarian grip on… More
Melvin White
Bartholomew: The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort.  "In the future there will be no war. There will only be… More
William Dunmyer
"Rollerball," directed by Norman Jewison ("In the Heat of the Night," "Moonstruck") and starring James Caan ("The… More
Alex roy
Rollerball is a thrilling exciting take on the Dystopian stories. The film takes place in the future, and crime has been eliminated and huge corporations… More

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