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Rollerball


1975       James Caan

Production Notes for Rollerball

In the very near future, perhaps sooner than we are able to imagine in today's confusing and uncertain circumstances, the world will come under the control of the major corporate conglomerates (Energy, Food, Housing, Transport, Luxury and Communications). But no later than the turn of the century, hunger, pollution and over-population will have been virtually eliminated, along with militant nationalism, crime and political corruption. Material comfort will be achieved for everyone under the rule of this well-ordered management society.

This is the fundamental premise of producer-director Norman Jewison's new futuristic film, Rollerball starring James Caan and costarring John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Pamela Hensley, Barbara Trentham and Sir Ralph Richardson. The film is released by United Artists, an entertainment service of Transamerica Corporation.

Rollerball takes its title from the brutal physical contact sport which, in tomorrow's world, will provide the masses with their principal vicarious outlet for violence and hostility. The game will be watched by audiences between 2 and 3 billion each

week via the ultimate communications medium of Multi-vision. Each major city will, of course, avidly support its own Rollerball team, playing the game under the corporate colors of the major conglomerate with which the city is allied.

Houston, Texas, for example, is an Energy city and, at the time the film begins, the city which sponsors the World Champion Rollerball team, led by a battle-scarred veteran named Jonathan E., played by James Caan. Rollerball has been his entire life for more than eight years and he enjoys all of the privileges accorded to the top player of the game. Because he is becoming an international folk hero, however, Jonathan is asked to retire by the corporation executives, who feel that his stubborn independence of spirit is a threat to their carefully controlled comfort-motivated society. When he refuses, out of loyalty to his team, the executives decide to let the game itself take care of him, by eliminating enough of the rules to change Rollerball from a rough sport into mayhem.

Rollerball is based upon William Harrison's original short story published in Esquire. The screenplay, written by Harrison, is the author's first attempt at screen-writing.

In Jewison's opinion, Rollerball concerns several pertinent aspects of contemporary life - the increasing violence and brutality in audience sports today, as well as the diminishing threshold of individual shock and outrage at the creeping depersonalization of life that has accompanied the rapid development of our comfortable materialistic, computerized and franchised society. He honestly believes, although he hopes it never happens, that the possibility of a vicious game like Rollerball becoming popular is far from fantasy.




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CAST

Jonathan E .......................... JAMES CAAN
Bartholomew .......................... JOHN HOUSEMAN
Ella .......................... MAUD ADAMS
Moonpie .......................... JOHN BECK
Cletus .......................... MOSES GUNN
Mackie .......................... PAMELA HENSLEY
Daphne .......................... BARBARA TRENTHAM
Librarian .......................... RALPH RICHARDSON
Team Executive .......................... SHANE RIMMER
Team Trainer .......................... ALFRED THOMAS
Jonathan's Captain of Guard .............. BURNELL TUCKER
Jonathan's Guard No. 1 .......................... ANGUS MAC INNES
Bartholomew's Aide .......................... RICK LE PARMENTIER
Oriental Doctor .......................... BURT KWOUK
Oriental Instructor .......................... ROBERT ITO
Girl In Library .......................... NANCY BLAIR
1st Black Reporter ................ LOFTUS BURTON
2nd Black Reporter ..................... ABI GOUHAD



Credits for Rollerball

Producer / Director ............ NORMAN JEWISON
Screenplay by .......................... WILLIAM HARRISON Associate
Producer .......................... PATRICK PALMER
Director of Photography .......................... DOUGLAS SLOCOMBE
Track Architect .......................... HERBERT SCHURMAN
Sound Mixer .......................... DEREK BALL
Art Director .......................... ROBERT LAING
Film Editor .......................... ANTONY GIBBS
Multivision Editor ..................... BRIAN SMEDLEY-ASTON
Costume Designer .......................... JULIE HARRIS
Makeup .......................... WILLY SCHNEIDERMAN
Stunt Co-ordinator ................... MAX KLEVEN
Special Effects (Munich) ......... SASS BEDIG
Special Effects (London) ......... JOHN RICHARDSON, JOE FITT
Skating Coordinator .... PETER HICKS





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