#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In a futuristic society where corporations have replaced countries, the violent game of Rollerball is used to control the populace by demonstrating the futility of individuality. However, one player, Jonathan E., rises to the top, fights for his personal freedom, and threatens the corporate control.
Plot: In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.
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An Action Classic With Brains!
I first saw this movie on HBO at the age of 14 and I sensed immediately that it was a classic, a combination of action, sports, sex, and social commentary. All the years of viewing other films have only made me more and more appreciative of this movie’s many strengths.
On one level, I believe this is the best sports movie ever made. It is miles ahead of more “realistic” films like NORTH DALLAS FORTY or SEMI TOUGH or even critical favorites like COBB and EIGHT MEN OUT. The very fact that Rollerball is a make believe sport adds believability to the action sequences. Watch a baseball film and you can see at a glance that Robert Redford or Kevin Costner are not real athletes. But since rollerball has never been played, James Caan as Jonathan E really looks like the best in the game. There are no “clichés” like home runs or long passes to spoil the danger and excitement — every crash and goal is new, never having been seen before. And there are no clichés about the fans, the athletes, or “win one for the Gipper” or gamblers or shady ladies trying to make Our Hero throw the game. From the beginning we sense the stakes are higher — Jonathan E will either conform or die.
That brings up the fact that ROLLERBALL also shares a central theme with a lot of other powerful movies, like FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, COOL HAND Luke, and even A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. What happens when a uniquely gifted individual refuses to participate in a corrupt system? This movie is so powerful as a drama you hardly notice the sci fi trappings. The rugged action scenes are so real you hardly notice that rollerball is a make believe game.
James Caan as Jonathan E turns in a sensitive, nuanced performance, deliberately underplaying the tough guy side as much as possible. Michael Beck as Moonpie is the foolishly overconfident one, playing Frank Sinatra’s Maggio to Caan’s Robert E. Lee Pruitt. But unlike the hard luck privates in this man’s army, these rollerball stars get to have glamor, luxury, and unlimited sex between vicious games of rollerball. The movie captures so much sensuality and glamor that you can see why men risk death game after game to be known as “great rollerballers who bash in faces.” This movie is spectacular — an action classic with brains!
A flawed gem of a film that nonetheless makes great viewing.
Rollerball is an intriguing film that makes excellent use of symbolism, dialogue, aesthetics and decent all-round performances to convey a chilling message, yet a message which ends on a high note and not a depressing one.
In the future, there are no wars and no crimes. The whole world is ruled by a multitude of faceless Corporations (which all seem to be part of an even larger whole), and apparently exists in a state of utopia – almost everyone lives in luxury without poverty, disease or famine.
There is a dark side to society however – both the violent tendencies and thirst for entertainment of the populace are subjugated by a violent blood sport known as “Rollerball.” The game takes place in a large domed stadium, around a banked circular track. The players all wear skates and various items of protective clothing (none of which are truly adequate for keeping them safe). Some players on each team are allowed to ride motorcycles (futuristic looking mopeds) which of course is extremely dangerous.
Added to the mix is the heavy metal ball, which is fired at high velocity from a gun at the beginning of play, and nasty spiked gauntlets. This all adds up to a recipe for destruction.
Indeed, the game is designed to kill the players, with the rosters for each team constantly changing – the game is designed by the Corporations not only to keep the masses entertained, but also to make them realise that individual effort and thought is futile, and so keep them suppressed.
Jonathan E (played convincingly and with feeling by James Caan) essentially breaks the purpose of the “sport” by living through a ten year long career, apparently the longest ever, and becoming a superstar whose name everyone chants. He is loved by the people and is a shining example of the individual’s triumph over the system.
This obviously makes him a thorn in the Corporation’s side, and so they attempt to get him to retire. When he refuses, they use everything in their power to force him to do so.
The film has a surprising number of themes and symbols for its at first simple appearance – and has many moments that are sad and thought provoking.
One of my favourites is the scene in which a group of drugged-up revellers use a futuristic weapon to destroy large, aged trees for no reason at all other than for a quick jolt of mindless entertainment.
Somehow the scene, which could have been boring or confusing, manages to be a grotesque and almost horrific symbol of the excess of such a society.
The 1975 imagining of the future also manages to avoid feeling dated. Even the old grey panelled computer banks are believable – many supercomputers today look very similar still.
The action sequences feel believable and brutal, in a way I enjoy them far more than the CGI-infested stuff in almost all films these days.
My one criticism of the film is that occasionally the themes of the film are unnecessarily laboured, and some scenes are a little slow as a result. This clumsiness takes a little impact out of the punch of what would otherwise be a fantastic film, but ultimately the depth is there more when it isn’t being obviously stressed.
People over than Jonathan and his teammates are also almost universally cold and unlikable, but there is a deliberate point to their characterisation.
Finally there is the ending. I won’t spoil it here, but it is a masterpiece of tension and ends the film on a real feeling of hope. Even though we don’t see it, we get the impression that Jonathan may be the one individual that spurs the rest of the world into action. I highly recommend the film to anyone who fancies a film that is both viscerally exciting and yet has room to toy with deeper and darker themes.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 5 min (125 min)
Genre Action, Sci-Fi, Sport
Director Norman Jewison
Writer William Harrison (screenplay)
Actors James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck
Country UK, Canada, USA
Awards Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Production Company Algonquin
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (color)
Film Length 3,347 m (Sweden, cut version), 3,365 m (Sweden, uncut version)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up) (London Premiere print)