Rollerball

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Overview

This remake of the classic 1975 science fiction film follows the same basic story line but focuses far more on the sports action of the fictional game at its center. Chris Klein stars as all-American athlete Jonathan Cross, the most popular player of "Rollerball," a violent 21st century sport mixing elements of basketball, hockey, roller derby, and extreme sports, along with the development of live wagering that tracks each game's action. Along with his friends and teammates Marcus (L.L. Cool J) and Aurora ...
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Overview

This remake of the classic 1975 science fiction film follows the same basic story line but focuses far more on the sports action of the fictional game at its center. Chris Klein stars as all-American athlete Jonathan Cross, the most popular player of "Rollerball," a violent 21st century sport mixing elements of basketball, hockey, roller derby, and extreme sports, along with the development of live wagering that tracks each game's action. Along with his friends and teammates Marcus (L.L. Cool J) and Aurora (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Jonathan is living the life of a media celebrity and millionaire, enjoying the adoration of fans and all of the perks that his fame brings. When the creator of Rollerball, Alexi Petrovich (Jean Reno), realizes that the sport's ratings spike during the on-court accidents that are de rigueur for the game, he schemes to create the bloody incidents that are popular with viewers but put the athletes in mortal jeopardy. Soon, Jonathan and his friends find themselves pawns in a vast corporate conspiracy in which their lives are far less important than profits. Rollerball (2002) also stars pop singer Pink in her acting debut.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In the dystopian future depicted in this hyperkinetic, action-packed thriller, athletic competitions are blood sports and a game's popularity surges in proportion to its body count. Director John McTiernan The Thomas Crown Affair, reworking Norman Jewison's 1975 sci-fi hit, envisions a time not too far off when a depraved indifference to human life would seem to have become ingrained within popular culture, and international TV cartels manipulate the outcome of sporting events to bolster ratings. Chris Klein stars as a young athlete recruited by promoter Jean Reno to play in the fastest, most dangerous game of them all: rollerball. LL Cool J and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos are Klein's fellow teammates, fatalistic performers who realize their lives could be snuffed out -- at the whim of the promoter -- in the very next match. McTiernan's peripatetic camera and quicksilver editing make this extravagantly appointed remake one of the most rapidly paced movies ever. The short cuts, dazzling lights, and whizzing figures will make you think you're watching a rock video through strobe lights. Pay no attention to the plot; just grab some popcorn, settle back, and let the fast, plentiful action suck you into the cinematic vortex that is Rollerball. Klein and Romijn-Stamos supply a commentary for the DVD, which also includes a fascinating featurette that shows how the stunt sequences were staged and filmed, and restores scenes deleted from the theatrical version.
Washington Post
For those with the stomach and stamina for its heartbeat-quickening intensity and body-slamming action, Rollerball delivers exactly what it promises: A people's hero you can really get behind. Michael O'Sullivan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2011
  • UPC: 883904232667
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 49,226

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Klein Jonathan Cross
Jean Reno Alexi Petrovich
LL Cool J Marcus Ridley
Rebecca Romijn Aurora
Naveen Andrews Sanjay
Oleg Taktarov Denekin
David Hemblen Serokin
Paul Heyman English Sports Announcer
Janet Wright Coach Olga
Andrew Bryniarski Halloran
Kata Dobo Katya
Pink Voice Only
B.T.
Damir Andrei Serbo-Croatian Sports Announcer
Peter Blake German Sports Announcer
George Christy Club VIP
Simone-Elise Girard Rabbit: Red Team #68
Mischa Hausserman Gold Coach
Stephen Park Gold Team Thug
Scott Taylor Petrovich's Bodyguard
Richard Zeman Petrovich's Heavy
Frank Ferera Assistant Gold Coach
Eugene Lipinski Kotlev, Yuri
Michael Tadross Starter
Peter Von Berg Chowler
Susan Cannon Club bartender
Claudine Robitaille Production assistant
Jamshied Sharifi Keyboards
Wang Luoyong Chinese Sports Announcer
Shaun Austin-Olsen Forein Guest
Alice Poon Red Team #7
Melissa R. Stubbs Red Team #12
Ivan Smith Tahli
Vitaliy Makarov Komo
Ismail Bashey Indina Sports Announcer
Angelo Pedari Italian Sports Announcer
Anatoly Zinoviev Eitan Kramer
Kevin Rushton Tom Farr
Lucia Rijker Red Team #9
Hassan Hakmoun Vocals
Slipknot Themselves
Guy Ale Russian Sports Announcer
Azam Ali Vocals
Dalila Alini Club Galore Twin
Ghiziane Alini Club Galore Twin
Tristan Avakian Guitar
Alice Benjamin Russian Doctor
Léopold Boisvert Technician
Jean Brassard French Sports Announcer
Kim Cannon Club VIP
Debbie-Ann Champagne Cigarette Girl
Ruth Chiang Victor Callender
Flint Tecumseh Eagle Eskimo
Oleg Ferdman Miner
Eugene Geylik Chowler's Assistant
George Ghali Arabic Sports Announcer
Lilly He Journalist
Yolanda Hughes-Heying Red Team #28
Toshihiro Ito Japanese announcer
Tom Karle VIP Booth Judge
John Kesler Petrovich's Bodyguard
Peter Kosaka German Guest
Zoran Krzisnik Journalist
Kes Kwansa African Sports Announcer
Richard Labelle Petrovich's Bodyguard
Isabelle Landreville Stewardess
Michelle Leblanc Petrovich's Girlfriend
Jay Mahin Toba: Red Team #39
Vsevolod Malamud Journalist
Shane McMahon American Media Mongul
Bruno Mourani Arabic Man
Paulino Nunes Borges
Richard Orlando Patriarch
Tony Palermo Toll
François Paquette VIP
Miyuki Sakamoto Keyboards
Ahmet Salihu Hot dog vender
Eddy Salim
Pedro Salvin Spanish Sports Annoucer
Slava Schoot Russian Sports Announcer
Barry Shurchin Director
Nick Sita Italian VIP
Florence Situ Journalist
Philippe Soucy Ally
Shawn Stewart Mike Dopud
Ola Sturik Russian Translator
Jitka Svecova Technician
Tsutomu Takeishi Bass
Amy Whitmore Photographer
Benjamin Wittman Drums
Paul Wu U-Chow: Red team #16
Tong Xinkang Asian Director
Zhi Xu English Announcer's Assistant
Norman Yap Mandarin Translator
Gabor Zsigovics Herzen
Technical Credits
John McTiernan Director, Producer
Howard A. Anderson III Cinematographer
Jonathan Bergeron Stunts
Matt Birman Stunts
Isabelle Bouchard Stunts
Dennis Bradford Production Designer
Andy Bradshaw Stunts
Kristen Leigh Branan Executive Producer
Eric Bryson Stunts
BT Score Composer
Jason Cavalier Stunts
Mike Chute Stunts
Jocelyn Clarke Stunts
Heidi Cooke Stunts
Fran Cooper Makeup
Cotton Mather Stunts
Teresa Estinosa Choreography
Larry Ferguson Screenwriter
Carolyn Field Stunts
Jean Frenette Stunts
Jean Gagnon Stunts
Joe Gareri Executive Producer
Norman Garwood Production Designer
David Gaucher Set Decoration/Design
Ben Gauthier Stunts
Francois Gauthier Stunts
Johnny Goar Stunts
Eric Goulet Stunts
Marie-Sol Harding Stunts
Kate Harrington Costumes/Costume Designer
William Harrison Screenwriter
Karrieann Heisner Makeup Special Effects
Gasto Howard Stunts
Helen Veronica Jarvis Art Director
John Wright Editor
Kelly Jones Stunts
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Stéphane Julien Stunts
Marty Kudelka Choreography
Yves Langlois Stunts
Gilbert Larose Jr. Stunts
Raymond Larose Set Decoration/Design
Jay Lavalley Stunts
Mathieu Ledoux Stunts
Stéphane Lefebvre Stunts
Lucie Lessard Makeup
Jim Lytle Stunts
Serge Maheu Stunts
Louis Marion Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Mark Stunts
Steve Mason Cinematographer
Pat McCorkle Casting
Dave McKeown Stunts
Dwayne McLean Stunts
Duncan McLeod Stunts
Mary-Ann Message Stunts
Layton Morison Stunts
Minor Mustain Stunts
Billy Oliver Stunts
Rick Parker Stunts
John Pogue Screenwriter
France Raymond Stunts
Orson Rheinfurth Camera Operator
David Rigby Stunts
Sébastien Robert Stunts
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Charles Roven Producer
Paul Rutledge Stunts
Michael Scherer Stunts
Eric Serra Score Composer
Claude Serra Executive Producer
Stacey Sharpless Stunts
Sarah Spearing Casting
Reese James Spensley Costumes/Costume Designer
Beau St. Clair Producer
Mary Ann Stevens Stunts
John Stoneham Jr. Stunts
Michael Tadross Executive Producer
Dave Van Zeyl Stunts
Julian Wall Asst. Director
John Walsh Stunts
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Zalben Asst. Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A good escape

    I never watched the original so I can't compare it. I have the dvdsaw a good deal on the blu ray so picked it up.Hmm is that a hint that I like this movie. Plots simple bad owner vs athlete trying to get free. Yeah its more complicated but not by much.
    For a good price buy it or rent it and see if you like it. it's not for everyone and not everybody will view it as repeat viewing though I do find myself watching it once a year which I think is pretty good.
    Decent action in the ring, outside not so much. Acting is ok and believable I guess since I'm not overly critical of acting.
    I'm a WWE fan so I get a kick out of seeing Paul Heyman and Shane McMahon in the movie but Jean Reno and Klein do make a good dance pair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie Ever

    Good Telling of the original blockbuster. Good acting, special effects and all and all a great movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An interesting concept

    An interesting concept just misses being an outstanding movie. A little more editing and a more believable villain would have helped a lot. Overall it was enjoyable. Chris Klein made a good athletic lead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    rollerhell

    the worst movie John McTiernan has ever done. I was thoroughly disappointed with this mess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My god the worst movie ever!

    Do yourself a favor do a cross word puzzle or learn to knit, anything but watch this movie. This movie producer and director should never work in hollywood again! TERRIBLE!!!!

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    Posted November 14, 2008

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