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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!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at email@example.com.
From the land beyond beyond… I bid you, tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic, now appear! Appear! Hrmm… I’ll try again in the morning…
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June 5, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST
OLD ASS GARBAGE!!!!!
June 5, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST
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, 10:05 p.m. CST
by The Krypton Kid
June 5, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST
June 5, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
excellent choice...think i'll watch it right now!
June 5, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
FUCK OFF, LOSER!
June 5, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST
June 5, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
June 5, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST
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
Sittin around playin cards and smoking cigarettes.. what happened?
June 5, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST
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
JONATHAN! JONATHAN! JONATHAN! JONATHAN!
June 5, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...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
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
June 6, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST
June 6, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST
2 old ass behind the scene pics in a row? Why do still come here......
June 6, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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!
June 6, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST
It's a side effect, rather then an affectation, so it doesn't count
June 6, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST
June 6, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST
June 6, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST
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
by duct tape wallet
Jimmy like his girls clean!
June 6, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST
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 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
by Tigger Tales
June 6, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST
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
Man he was wooden.
June 6, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST
...by 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
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.
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