Rollerball | 1975

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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Main Plot

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.


  • James Caan's character, Jonathan E., is a professional athlete in the violent sport of Rollerball and becomes a symbol of rebellion.
  • John Houseman's character in Rollerball is a corporate executive who oversees the violent sport of rollerball.
  • Maud Adams' character in Rollerball is a love interest and supporter of the film's protagonist, Jonathan E.


In the ending of Rollerball, Jonathan E. (played by James Caan) defies the corporate-controlled society by winning the final Rollerball match. The crowd, realizing the power of individuality, rebels against the corporate masters. The executives, fearing the loss of control, try to stop the rebellion but fail. Jonathan's victory signifies the triumph of the human spirit over oppressive systems, leaving the future of the world uncertain but filled with hope for change.

Norman Jewison