Does anyone have the original book or storyline to tell me more about the teams and who the owners were.
Roller ball murder is available in PDF form.
Remember,The Original story is called Roller Ball Murder.
Book version was much more voilent than fiilm, more deaths more injuries, film could not emulate that in that fomr, 1975 version better than remake.
I've several great pictures of Rollerball stuff, trying to work out how to get em on here
Joe: Please use this link to contact us
once we have your email address, we'll communicate back and forth to get those photos you have up and running on line.
Yeah got a couple of copiesin Uk, loads of us soccer lads really were into it, as we came out of the cinema, we mucked about and pretended to play except that we wore DM's great sport, could be real, if toned down a bit, great site, we could get a soccerl ads league over here in Uk, Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Man Utd, FANS COULD FIELD TEAMS ,EVEN A DOUBLE SOCCER, ROLLERBALL SEASON TICKET EACH FORTNIGHT OR WEEK.
"I LOVE THIS GAME" Well here it is, all you Rollerball fans out there, a site where we can share information and photographs with each other. I have supplied as much information and photos as I can but will be submitting more when I am able. With luck we will find a props guy, stuntman, or actor from the movie who has kept some of the Rollerball gear to share photos with us. There are rumours that the equipment used was listed/explained in a copy of Sports Illustrated, but I couldn` t find it in their archives. I have one of Harv`s Houston replica jerseys and helped with ideas for the Tokyo jersey. These are very good quality and highly recommended.
Please don`t be shy as I already think this is the best Rollerball site on the web and your contrbution will be very much appreciated.
I found this link on line to a story that is reported to be in Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1089752/1/index.htm
Pete: Did you see the comments from Eddie who appeared in the movie as the team captain? Harv
good site mate, glad to see you have got otgether full kit, can you get gear complete, are the jerseys good? Loads of soccer lads in london loved the film and would have liked to have a go, no doubnt the Mancs and Brummies would as well.Maybe we should have a Uk version, meeting of all the fans, oversized footie shirts and DM's as well the rest of the gear, would be greatr. Some lads thought it was already played in America and this was just a documentary,have you got more pics or suppliers of kit, suppose we could usae black DM's for footwear, imagine Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard, Rooney paded up in the kit, fucking lovely
Pete: That's why you're the fan of the year! Thanks for motivating to do this site. We hope more folks from all over the world will enjoy as much as we do.
Anyone know anything about the Tokyo team? I am curious how they found the skaters - ESPN has a piece on the movie, 30-30 I think, that talked about taking football players and teaching them to skate, making up the rules of the game as the filming progressed, etc., but no word on the Japanese skaters, who were smaller, but athletic and the most stylish.
On the Rollerball special edition dvd it states that skaters were either Roller hockey/Roller derby players, or stuntmen taught to skate. Therefore the Tokyo team could be a combination of all three.
Mark, my name is Eddie. I am the real Captain of the Tokyo team in Rollerball. My number is #8. The way that I heard how they got us skaters from Roller Derby in the Bay Area is, they went to Japan, but the skaters were to short and that there weren't to many skaters. They came to Alameda, Ca, home of Roller Derby training center, asked if there were any Japanese skaters. Luckily for me , I was at the right place and the right time. I signed on the dotted line, they took other Roller Derby Skaters to skate in Rollerball. From the Bay Area, I was the only Japanese skater. I have not seen any movie on 30-30segment. They gave us airline tickets, flight to Munich, Germany, the rest is history to us. Spent 3 months in Germany, filming the skating portion of the movie. Norman Jewison really liked me, so I was cast as the Captain of the Tokyo team.
Eddie: I'm so glad you wrote to us and give us so many details that we didn't know. Do you know what happened to the original uniforms that were made for the actors in that movie?
Harv, I still have my Jersey #8, along with my helmet,my skates, pants and a Practice silver ball!!! Bob Dancel has his jersey.
Good playing mate, the tokyo team were brillaint, must have been great to be in film, one of the best lads sports in the world, soccer lads like us loved it and wanted to ahve a go ourselves.
The special DVD said that after the initial filming the extras in the arena were treated to a real Roller Ball game with all the rules enforced. New York team won.
Is there any bootlegged footage of this real game?
Carl: That sounds like it would be fantastic to see, we'd love to have someone upload that on youtube so we can add it here on this site. Its so great that after all these years, people still love this movie!
Harv, please go to FaceBook, look my name up and there are pictures,etc for you to see. Also, you can look up Bob Dancel as well. He's #4 on the Tokyo team. Hope that will do for you.
would be good to see on DVD
Eddie: By chance, can you send us a photo of your original jersey, skates, and practice ball so we can add to this site?
RollerBall, all of the skating was filmed in Munich,Germany, at the Olympic Basket Ball Stadium. The studio work was done at PineWood Studios, in Iver Heath, United Kingdom. This is where they do the James Bonds films.
Great, I just added you to my facebook.
Yeah would be worth watching other cut scenes, getting the kit replicas or even a Uk version would be well hard.
I had two posters in my room growing up; SlapShot and Rollerball. It is one of my favorites. Even though it was supposed to be a critique of violence in sports, having Dick Enberg and Bob Miller gave it a more positive spin than what they were looking for.
I heard a story that the skaters had to be told to stop competing during filming. Also, there were at least 3 games played for the Retirement Show. Not sure if that is just legend or truth. Personally I would pay $300 a year for DirecTV RollerBall League Pass.
I use to have that same Rollerball poster and I was stupid enough to sell on ebay about 6 years ago with a complete movie poster set.
Yeah, I think your idea for a league online is fantastic, that would be a good seller for online subscription. NFL charges $199 a year.
Loads of Uk soccer lads would like a joint football/rollerball season ticket each match as well. some Uk lads think Rollerball is an existing US sport!!
The Rollerball weighs 16 pounds, like a shot put.
Book says ball is a massive 20 lb
Great, thanks for the update
Found a movie props website with an original New York helmet
Sorry - I put the website in the website box. It does not appear in the reply but you con click on my name. Or check it out here - http://www.yourprops.com/Roller-Ball-New-York-Helmet-original-movie-prop-Rollerball-1975-YP65947.html
Sorry - I put the website in the website box. It does not appear in the reply but you can click on my name in the above post, Or check it out here - http://www.yourprops.com/Roller-Ball-New-York-Helmet-original-movie-prop-Rollerball-1975-YP65947.html
Danny, thanks for sharing that, fantastic details on that helmet, I see they drilled a hole in the side of the helmet.
For those that don't know like I didn't, click on my name in the above post to go to the web site
You did a great job on the research of that helmet and jersey style for the NY team. Great job!
I believe I heard in the commentary for the film that they drilled the holes in the helmets so the players could hear better, instructions from the director and such.
Check out "Return to the Arena - The Making of Rollerball"
Will do, thanks
Lots of great photos from this tribe group
Can't believe I have found a website dedicated to ROLLERBALL!!!
It has made my day and well done to the person who set it up and the people who have added and kept it going.Was only looking last night for for original props or something from the film to recapture my childhood (I was 10 when I first saw it). then clocked a few people making outfits on the web, now this. Might have to get the full get up much to the dismay (confusion) of my wife!!!.
Stu: Thanks so much for the compliments, we love sports movies as well. Out other website hollywoodmoviejerseys.com will really bring back some great memories as well. Our good friend and customer Peter from the UK gave us a lot of information when we first started dedicating some time and effort to this website. However, this movie was awesome and we take our hats off to the entire cast and crew for a wonderful job. We're simply keeping the memories alive. Thanks for folks like yourself, we want to keep adding to the site as well. Harv
Yeah, could not beleive the is site brillaint, go for it mate, loads of Uk soccer lads wouild like to have kit and play in theri team colouirs.Dm's for footwear though.
Check out this prototype action figure made in 2001
2012 Music video by "Justice" - "New Lands"
The clip - directed by Spanish collective Canada - is set in a futuristic arena, where two teams enter combat on motorcycles similar to the 1975 film Rollerball.
Danny, that was awesome. I never saw that before. I really wish there was more to watch. Great stuff, thanks for sending that to me. Harv
Looks like that NY Helmet I posted from the props site was sold on e-bay in July for $2500.00 US. The second star on the left side matches. I saved the picture from the prop site and the e-bay auction.
Danny: It goes to show you how much this movie is loved by their fans.
A fan created his own Houston uniform. Check out his photos.
Fantastic dedication to get the details of the protective gear. Is he a friend of yours? Harv
Not a friend of mine, just another site I found while look for Rollerball info. :)
Hi to everyone.my name is Dennis from the U K and I have been a Rollerball fan since before the film was released. It has been an obsession if truth be known. How could I be a fan before the release? I'll tell you. I first heard about it in Film Review and it then got air time on World of Sport which was the main sports program back in the sixties and seventies. Sometimes it even had Roller Derby featured. Anyway. Dickie Davies was the presenter and it showed an interview with James Caan and John Beck trackside during the filming. That was it I was hooked. I used to check the papers every week to see if it was released and showing at the cinemas. Had Jaws not been released at the same time Rollerball would defiantley have got more and may I say deserved recognition.
Dennis: Great stuff, thanks for sharing that information and yes, you're the first person who brought up the competition of Jaws during the same time period.
hoping to contact some fans of the movie thru this blog!
anyone know where to find screen used props from the movie?
Joe: Thanks for writing, Peter and Danny are your best bet.
im such a fan of this movie I took my cycling helmet and painted it to look like a Houston helmet!!!
( id like to post a pic....so I can get some feedback from some real fans) how can I post a pic??
Hey Joe - Finding screen used props from a movie made almost 40 years ago is going to be hard, although as you can see, in an earlier post of mine, there was a HY Helmet on e-bay back in July.
I have just started to inquire about getting a custom Mcfarlane sports figure of Jonathan E.
wow! what did McFarlane toys say???
I am not asking Mcfarlane toys, I am asking some of the many people that make custom figures for people. I found someone willing to make me one for $75 US. He has other projects for Christmas so it will be a while before he can get going on mine.
What are you looking for Joe?
oh gosh....autographs, a helmet, any props!!!
are any of the actors giving out autographs at sci fi conventions
or stuff like that?
Extremely Rare James Caan Rollerball Movie Premier Satin Banner 1975. It's not a prop but I thought I would post it incase you are interested.
Danny, do you have my email address, can you send a photo, I'd love to place it on the site, thanks Harv
Harv - no I do not have your e-mail address. Send it to me and I'll send you some photos. Or you can follow the link to the e-bay auction and get them from there. :)
I don`t have any original props but if you are interested in buying items of mine listed on the site ask Harv to give you my email address.
sure!! which stuff?? the jersey's are available?
Harv should have sent you my emal address. Tell me what you are interested in?
Hi, does anyone have anything "Rollerball" for sale.
I am interested in getting a full strip together. I would like to get stuff as near to the original if poss. I plan on ordering a shirt from harv as a start. I got some leg guards last week that just need a little work.
I skate a little on in line skates but would like to track down some as used in the film.
Any help greatly appreciated.
"I love this game Moonpie "
Great quote from Moonpie. Can you write to me the contact us on the jerseys page, I have someone who wants to write to you. thanks Harv
hi Harv thanks ,will do
Hello fellow Rollerballers.......I'm trying to find out what the elbow pads used in the movie were. I'm building a Houston uniform and have just about eveything but the elbow pads.
William Harrison passed away.... see the link to his passing...http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/arts/william-harrison-79-novelist-and-rollerball-writer-dies.html?_r=1&
Thanks for the update.
Hope people are still looking here - I see the last post in May last year.
I thought you might be interested in this by J.P. Trostle. He's managed to track down fact sheet and game rules (such as they are!) from the United Artist press release...
That's fantastic, I'll add that info to the site. Harv
Wanting to form a League for a while now, if it is indoors Electric Motor Cycles are needed, Fully Padded with todays shoulder pads shin guards Chest protectors ( no spikes on gloves though )
Let me work on this... 2018 is only 4 years away - I would like to see something get going by then. 44 years after movie But when it was supposed to be taking place... Better than a Gym
Ryan, that would be awesome, please keep us posted so we can let our fans know about the updates.
Here is an audio version of the short store the movie was based on.
That first link didn't work -
Hi all! Great site! I have some information about the corporate cities and the teams that I would like to share. About 12 years ago I saw an image online of a spreadsheet that listed all the Rollerball corporations and the cities they owned. There was a capital city, for example Houston - Capital city of the Energy corporation, New York - Transport, Moscow - Housing, Madrid - Food, etc. etc. and dozens of subordinate cities owned by the same corporation. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find this picture again. I think it came with a Rollerball promotional package but I'm not sure. Houston we know is an Energy city, Madrid is Food, Tokyo is Luxury, Rome is Communication, Paris I think is housing but I'm not positive, and New York is owned by Transport.
I've come to this conclusion because I noticed in the film and in numerous photos that in the stadium seating area the teams have large "pennants" adorning the perimeter of the arena and at the lower portion of these pennants they display a white circle with a black letter (in that magnificent font that we all have come to love!). Houston had an E, Madrid had an F, Tokyo had an L, and New York had a T. I believe these letters stand for the corporation that owns the team and the city. In the special features for the DVD I have, in the Rome to Rollerball featurette specifically, I noticed that the Rome team has a pennant that has a white circle with a black C.
Also when Jonathan and Moonpie go to the Luxury center the primary color of the accents in the building are yellow like the Tokyo team's colors. If I think of more connections I'll post them! Best, Jason
Jason, awesome information, do you have my direct email address? I'd love to see screen shot of the dvd you have that shows the different logos. We're actually working on a Houston patch for the rollerball jersey based on that logo.
Thank you Harv! No I don't have your direct email. I'll see if I can find some good shots. It requires a lot of patient pausing to see those letters. Some of the promotional photos show the logos clearer. Excited about the patch!
Jason: go to this link and leave a comment at the bottom of the page and I can get back to you from that link. http://www.rollerballjersey.com/jerseys.html
We have a few iconic original items used by the actors from the original 1975 Rollerball movie up for auction on November 8th. We acquired them directly from one of the stuntmen that played several parts in the movie. You can see all of the details here:
Some of the highlights:
Rollerball Stadium Poster
Game Roller Skates
Wow, crickets. Thought I would get a bunch of questions about these items - we have not seen anything come up for sale before other than a helmet a while back. Anyway, looks like there is already pre-auction bidding on them, and I have had several emails about them. So if you have questions, ask now, and make sure you register for the auction now, because if there are issues registering during the auction we will not be available to assist since we'll be running the auction live. Good luck for those bidding!
Wow, I am sorry I missed this. the three jerseys are awesome. Any one of them would have looked nice with the skates in a collection.
You might find it interesting but I went to college in Munich 75'-76'. I was given an original script from the stunt coordinator for the movie. A lot of the kids I went to school with were extras.
Sounds a great college extra cirruclalr activiety mate
Thanks and yeah it was a blast. If anyone is interested, I'm putting the script up for sale. The inside pages are clean with no notes but the back has the contact numbers and whatnot. Pretty cool piece of 70's cinima history. If I don't get a reasonable offer it will go to auction in LA in February.
Curious - anyone know who the team captain for Madrid was?
I think you'd have to find a copy of the script to find out that answer. Good question, lets see if someone responds from the group.
It's a shame more stuntmen were not credited in the film. My guess as to the Madrid captain is Roy Scammell.
Another question - Were the catcher's gloves modified Cooper GM21 Goalie Gloves (Ice Hockey)?
Good question, I think one of the guys that were in the movie might remember.
2 things I noticed were - 1. All the catchers caught with their right hand. 2. At the beginning of the film the catcher gloves looked stiff and the fielding (catches) looked as if it was done at a slow speed because the glove was not broken in. In the Toyko and NY games the catcher gloves looked broken in and the catches were smooth as the players seemed to be moving and skating much faster.
Wow, great observation on those gloves.
Ha — even without my finding this site until just now, I see my article on Rollerball was posted here a few years ago.
My history of the evolution of Rollerball has been online for awhile, but the URL has recently changed to http://speedrally.net. This includes a link to the actual rules from the 1975 press kit.
Hello All, just noticing this site now, if anyone has any original props or wardrobe that they would be willing to sell I am very interested and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
thank you all
Hey all, what's happend to this great website? I was fortunate enough to meet James Caan this summer on his only UK visit to a convention and to top it off I managed to finish my Rollerball costume that i've been collecting and working on for over 30 years. Is there a way of uploading pictures on here as i'm confident that's it's the most accurate costume in existence, aside from screen used of course, even had Mr Caan asking how i'd collected all this stuff to which I had to convince him i'd made it all myself!
Paul: Try and contact us at this link http://www.hollywoodmoviejerseys.com/contact-usrush-orders.html
at the contact form and we'll write back with our email address direct. We'd love to see those photos
Brill, thanks! :)
I don't think there are any such places as Texas, Japan, Spain, France or Italy in this universe.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.