History Film / Rollerball

21st Jul '17 8:23:34 AM lakingsif
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* LuxuriousLiquor: The post-game revelers wear ball gowns and dinner jackets, and sip champagne from proper flutes, before spilling onto the lawn to obliterate a stand of trees with an incendiary pistol. Ah, how elegantly decadent.
11th Jun '17 12:13:59 PM erforce
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* TheBigBoard
* BittersweetEnding: Jonathan has survived and become a hero, and it is implied that this victory is a portent of a successful insurrection, but he wins at a horrible cost. He's the sole survivor, all his teammates - and the opposing team - dead or badly injured, winning a game in an arena littered with corpses. Truly, the price of freedom is high.
* BloodierAndGorier: The remake is far more violent than the original.

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* BittersweetEnding: Jonathan has survived and become a hero, and it is implied that this victory is a portent of a successful insurrection, but he wins at a horrible cost. He's the sole survivor, all his teammates - and the opposing team - dead or badly injured, winning a game in an arena littered with corpses. Truly, the price of freedom is high. \n* BloodierAndGorier: The remake is far more violent than the original.



* ChekhovsGun / TemptingFate: Moonpie is contemptuous of the Japanese players' short stature, though he's warned that even small opponents can cream a big guy three-on-one. Three guesses how Moonpie gets clobbered in the Houston/Tokyo game.



* FictionalSport
* [[FilmOfTheBook Film of the Short Story]]: The film is an adaptation of "Roller Ball Murder" by William Harrison.

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* [[FilmOfTheBook Film of the Short Story]]: TheFilmOfTheBook: The film is an adaptation of "Roller Ball Murder" by William Harrison.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Moonpie is contemptuous of the Japanese players' short stature, though he's warned that even small opponents can cream a big guy three-on-one. Three guesses how Moonpie gets clobbered in the Houston/Tokyo game.



* {{Gorn}}: In the remake.
* JumpCut: Several of them in the remake. Hell, there are ''two'' jump cuts at the same time in one scene near the end of the movie!



* ParallelPornTitles: Don't ask



* TreacherousAdvisor: Bartholomew, who initially gives Jonathan almost fatherly advice to quit the game, is soon plotting to have him killed when that advice is rejected.

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Bartholomew, who initially gives Jonathan almost fatherly advice to quit the game, is soon plotting to have him killed when that advice is rejected.


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!!The 2002 remake has examples of:

* BloodierAndGorier: The film is far more violent than the original.
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* JumpCut: Several of them. Hell, there are ''two'' jump cuts at the same time in one scene near the end of the movie!
19th Mar '17 12:17:15 AM foxley
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* BallCannon: Jonathan E invokes this as retribution for the on-track killing of his best friend. Jonathan beats the killer nearly senseless, then drags the inert fellow onto the track so that his head rests in the launching lane. Moments later, a fresh steel ball is fired from the game cannon, obliterating the victim's head. No foul is called for this, of course.
14th Mar '17 10:30:23 AM morenohijazo
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* FreezeFrameEnding: The film concludes with the crowd chanting "Jonathan!" as TheHero takes a victory lap. The camera freezes on the face of the man who refused to be beaten as the credits appear in succession.
12th Mar '17 5:54:04 PM Mdumas43073
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There's also a 2002 remake, directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan and starring [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]] as Jonathan, which features twice the blood and half the plot. The game announcer is Wrestling/PaulHeyman.

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There's also a 2002 remake, directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan and starring [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]] as Jonathan, which features twice the blood and half the plot. The plot, as well as Wrestling/PaulHeyman as a game announcer is Wrestling/PaulHeyman.
announcer.
10th Mar '17 9:03:19 AM Mdumas43073
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There's also a 2002 remake, directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan and starring [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]] as Jonathan, which features twice the blood and half the plot. The announcer is Wrestling/PaulHeyman.

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There's also a 2002 remake, directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan and starring [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]] as Jonathan, which features twice the blood and half the plot. The game announcer is Wrestling/PaulHeyman.
10th Mar '17 9:01:57 AM Mdumas43073
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There's also a 2002 remake, directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan, with twice the blood and half the plot. The announcer is Wrestling/PaulHeyman.

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There's also a 2002 remake, directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan, with Creator/JohnMcTiernan and starring [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]] as Jonathan, which features twice the blood and half the plot. The announcer is Wrestling/PaulHeyman.
10th Mar '17 8:49:39 AM Mdumas43073
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''Rollerball'' is a 1975 dystopian sci-fi/action film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Creator/JamesCaan.

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''Rollerball'' is a 1975 dystopian sci-fi/action film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Creator/JamesCaan.
Creator/JamesCaan. William Harrison adapted the screenplay from his own short story, "Roller Ball Murder".
10th Mar '17 8:45:15 AM Mdumas43073
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->''"The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort. And the game must do its work. The Energy Corporation has done all it can, and if a champion defeats the meaning for which the game was designed, then he must lose. I hope you agree with my reasoning."''
-->-- '''Bartholomew'''
9th Mar '17 12:28:20 PM Mdumas43073
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