The Sci-Fi Film School #19 – Rollerball


On this episode of The Sci-Fi Film School, Matt and Dave discuss the 1975 movie Rollerball.

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, and fights for his personal freedom and threatens the corporate control.
The screenplay was written by William Harrison, and was adapted from his own short story “Roller Ball Murder” that first appeared in a 1973 issue of Esquire magazine.Rollerball stars James Caan as Jonathan E, John Houseman as Bartholomew, Maud Adams as Ella and John Beck as Moonpie.

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Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson

Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Dave has lived all over.  He currently makes his home in Ottawa, Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife and stepdaughter.  Dave works as an on-air announcer at Boom 99-7 (CJOT.) One of his first sci-fi memories was that of watching Star Trek the original series in reruns on Sunday mornings so, as you can imagine, that made quite the impression and was one of the inspirations for founding the Galactic Netcasts network in 2011. You can hear Dave on The Alien Invasion, The SciFi Geeks Club and Weird World Weekly podcasts. Follow him on Twitter @davenelsonvoice