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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Rollerball is the real deal, fellas. There’s more swagger to this movie than in 100 Ryan Reynolds movies combined. James Caan was the cock of the walk and knew it. In what could have been another ‘70s sci-fi cheesefest (delicious as they were) Rollerball stands above its brethren due to the sheer force of manliness on display.

If you haven’t seen it, the film is about a blood-thirsty nation eating up a deadly sport called Rollerball. Instead of focusing on audience commentary the movie instead takes a more political approach to the idea of a populace being controlled via entertainment. In this future world there are no longer any countries, only corporations.

So, for a little while let us forget that horrendously shitty remake that missed the point of the original entirely and remember the good days of James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams and the great Norman Jewison.

Thanks to a reader Andrew Jones for sending this one along!



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  • June 5, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Can you say...

    by BatMatt21


  • June 5, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    I wasn't aware that Reynolds had any swagger

    by CherryValance

    I saw Rollerball a million years ago when I was a kid. I should watch it again. James Caan is definitely the manliest of men.

  • June 5, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    The remake of Rollerball is much better

    by Tristan

    Just kidding.

  • June 5, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    ahoy, QUINT!

    by frank cotton

    excellent choice...think i'll watch it right now!

  • June 5, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton


  • June 5, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Where is James Caan lately?

    by Mennen

  • June 5, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Hey answer your question:

    by kermit_the_fraud

    Probably looking for batmatt21, so he can put what the professionals refer to as a 'bitch-slap' across his jowls.

  • June 5, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    What Frank said...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    is spot on. This movie kicks all sorts of ass! Watch Michael Mann's "Thief", with Caan - to me his best role behind Sonny Corleone and Jonathan E!

  • June 5, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST


    by bass

    A world where corporations have taken over for countries???? OMG, how scary...would never want to see that!. /sarcasm

  • June 5, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    I always liked this movie

    by Winston Smith

    Sort of RoboCop before RoboCop. Or to stick with the 1987 references, RoboCop meets The Running Man. Eh... eh...?

  • June 5, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by Winston Smith

    Are you being sarcastic in that you think this is closer to reality than it might seem, or that a world run by corporations would be the ideal world? Your wording says the latter but your tone the former.

  • June 5, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    James Caan

    by Winston Smith

    He's only done about 100 movies in the last 3 years (seriously, IMDB him, I had no idea...)

  • June 5, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    I wish...

    by Gwynplaine

    I could love that film more than I do. I guess I love the idea of that film more than the film itself. Anyway, the best 70's scifi movies are still by far Soylent Green and Sleeper. Now bring on Soylent Green, The Night of the Hunter, Barry Lyndon and Robin and Marian BTS pics, please Quint. (Come on, Robin and Marian has Robert Shaw in it.)

  • June 5, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    That ALIEN big chap maquette looks

    by ufoclub1977

    all kinds of wrong with it's curvy clawed hands. The cool thing about the alien in the first movie was it did not seem like an animal, it seemed like some bizarre perversion of the human form in a very alien style. That was such a high concept choice.

  • There used to be nations, but the corporations bought them entirely. This is anything BUT a cheese fest, ladies and gentlemen. This movie has quite a bit of depth, more so than you would ever expect. It may be the most likely dystopian future in film. People are ignorant pawns. The Rollerball game is a distraction from a world that has become one big corporate state. The individual is discouraged at all costs. This move has twenty times the brains of Gladiator, but it's really more Robocop than Gladiator if you want to compare it to something.

  • June 5, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    When men were Men

    by CT1

    Sittin around playin cards and smoking cigarettes.. what happened?

  • June 5, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by HansBubi

    Frame by frame zoom in to Caan's face with epic organ music playing. Fucking awesome ending.

  • June 5, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Raymar


  • ...and ass up Rollerball so badly? It's hard to imagine both films are the work of the same director.

  • June 5, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Remake - truly awful

    by imagin78

    Talkbackers are always hyperbolic in decrying this movie or that movie as truly terrible. However, the McTiernan version of Rollerball is what phrases like "piece of shit" were invented for. I always point at this film to people who want McTiernan to direct again. The man who made Predator-Die Hard-The Hunt for Red October is gone. What has he made of value since that remarkable run? The remake of The Thomas Crown Affair was fairly entertaining. That's it.

  • June 5, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    kermit_the_fraud - very funny

    by Mennen

  • June 6, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Remember when this site used to report movie news?

    by Grando

    2 old ass behind the scene pics in a row? Why do still come here......

  • June 6, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    ROLLERBALL does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Used to LOVE this movie. I'd be a little worried about rewatching it now though just in case it's aged bad. The Rollerball scenes were what the film was all about. The filler stuff in between (like that long party sequence where they fireball the trees) was always a little tedious. Plus do you remember Caan's best mate Swooper getting his helmet pulled off by the Jap team and punched to the head? Was that perhaps the first time the cliche of 'best buddy gets killed and shit gets real' was invented? Reused by Goose and Maverick, Malone and Eliot Ness, Apollo Creed and Rocky, etc, etc.... I think it might have been.

  • June 6, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST


    by colinjbooth

    He also made the B-rilliant Die Hard WAV and Last Action Hero (underrated classic). The guy understood action, and the only guy out there at the moment who has the same eye is JJ Abrams (star trek is SO Jonny McT). Legend. Not saying he should be given....wait a minute, yes I am, I think every big action film should be offered to him first. A McTiernan directed Arnie comeback! Expendables 2! Fall of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes!....

  • June 6, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST


    by ArmageddonProductions

    Caan still looks like he punches out the occasional hooker for laughing too long. And no love for the remake? Nobody bought Chris Klein as the obvious replacement for Caan? I kid, of course -- even the DEATHRACE remake was better thought out than that piece-o'-shit. Didn't anyone try to at least contact Scott Caan for the lead role?!? I guess, at the end of the day, he was better off sitting that one out and not shitting all over his dad's legacy.</p><p> Somebody needs to remake THE RUNNING MAN, and this time, actually adapt the novel. I know Darabont was supposed to do THE LONG WALK (and hopefully, not bitching up the ending like he did with THE MIST), but I'd like to see somebody tackle THE RUNNING MAN again. Of course, they'll have to alter that whole "Ben Richards flies a passenger jet into the network building" ending a bit, though Hollywood does love 9/11 allegories, so maybe they'll let it stand. The creepy part is, both the novel and the movie version predicted a lot of the shit we can now turn on the TV and watch any time.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Die Hard with a Vengence is a poor man's Lethal Weapon.

    by imagin78

    Last Action Hero is a film that is interesting in concept, but Mctiernan's finished version is a bloated mess. Die Hard 3 has one solid action sequence, the taxi ride through the city, otherwise it's a poorly paced Lethal Weapon wannabe that isn't a shell of the brilliance of the first movie.

  • June 6, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Rollerball remake

    by Ciderman

    You know, the worst thing about that movie is that not only will I never get that 20 euro back, but later, on my death bed, I think I will really regret the 2 hours sitting in the dark wasting my time watching it... My guess is a Bluray special edition isn't in the offing... I WANT the Rocketeer on Blu though, now please!

  • It's a side effect, rather then an affectation, so it doesn't count

  • June 6, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    My favorite part of Rollerball was the font used

    by ATARI

  • June 6, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by vulturess


  • June 6, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Biggest problem with the remake

    by Hipshot

    Was that even the game was totally incomprehensible. in the original, it was so well thought out that the stunt men were actually competing with each other toward the end of the shoot. When the very core of your movie is so confusing the audience can't follow it, you can bet the rest will be shit as well

  • June 6, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    And remember...

    by duct tape wallet

    Jimmy like his girls clean!

  • June 6, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Invisible iphones

    by Bionic Bigfoot

    God photoshopped them out of the pics because iphones weren't supposed to exist back then. Just like that leaked Charlie Chaplin footage.

  • June 6, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Why compare?

    by matthooper8

    Why would you possibly compare Caan to Reynolds? What's the point? I get it you don;t like Reynolds, but again, what's the point other than to randomly degrade someone better than you.

  • June 6, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    never saw Rollerball... anything in common with Running Man?

    by Tigger Tales

  • June 6, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I forget, wasn't a computer in charge?

    by Billyeveryteen

    And isn't this another one where Jimmy is wearing his Cowboys T-shirt all the time? Mrs. Krabapple: "Don't worry, he'll score." Jimmy: "Some men like a challenge... I don't."

  • June 6, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    John Beck

    by alan_poon

    Man he was wooden.

  • June 6, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    It was "Moonpie" who got jacked in the back of the head...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon the Japanese team, and got all brain dead. Just watched this on my HD TV (sadly, no blu ray yet), and yes, the game parts still holdup. Still one of my favorite 70's sci-fi flicks, up there with 'Silent Running', 'The Omega Man', and 'Soylent Green'. Toss in the first two 'Planet of the Apes' flicks as well. 70's sci-fi had that apocolyptic feel to it, as if we felt that technology was moving us ahead too fast, and we weren't quite ready for it. Good times, man - good times.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Check out Thief

    by proevad

    for the ultimate in bad-assery. Finally saw it. I can die happy now. Had been waiting for a good copy. Also, I had no idea Tuesday Weld was that fucking hot and could act.