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Rollerball (1975 film) Quotes

Rollerball (1975 film) is a TV program that was first aired in 1970 . Rollerball stopped airing in 1970.

It features Norman Jewison as producer, André Previn in charge of musical score, and Douglas Slocombe as head of cinematography.

Rollerball (1975 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of Rollerball (1975 film) is 129 minutes long. Rollerball (1975 film) is distributed by United Artists.

The cast includes: John Houseman as Bartholomew, James Caan as Jonathan E., Maud Adams as Ella, Burt Kwouk as Japanese Doctor, John Beck as Moonpie, Robert Ito as NYC Coach, Ralph Richardson as Librarian, Moses Gunn as Cletus, and Barbara Trentham as Daphne.

Rollerball (1975 film) Quotes

James Caan as Jonathan E.

  • (James Caan) "Misplace some data?"
  • (Ralph Richardson) "The whole of the thirteenth century."
  • (James Caan) "What do you know about the corporate wars?"
  • (Moses Gunn) "Oh, they were naaaasty -- Woooh."
  • (Reporter) "What about the rumors of no time limit for the championship?"
  • (James Caan) "I don't think it'll come to that -- it's still a game."
  • (James Caan) "Does he -- ah -- Does he dream?"
  • (Burt Kwouk) "No. There is no brain wave at all. No sort of consciousness. Just a deep coma. A vegetable. No dreams. Nothing."
  • (James Caan) "But even, uh, a plant -- uh, feels something."
  • (Burt Kwouk) "Who can say? Please."
  • (James Caan) "It, uh, senses life. I mean, uh, it turns towards the sun. It's alive, isn't it?"
  • (Burt Kwouk) "You must sign."
  • (James Caan) "You, uh, you just leave him the way he is. Just leave him the way he is."
  • (Burt Kwouk) "Someone will have to sign. There is no other way."
  • (James Caan) "Arrangements will be made."
  • (Burt Kwouk) "Please. There are hospital rules that have to be --"
  • (James Caan) "No, there aren't. There aren't any rules at all."
  • (James Caan) "If the rule changes stay the same, Mr. Bartholomew, I'm playing with my team."
  • (John Houseman) "Too late. The rule changes are already scheduled and announced. There's no going back. You saw to that."
  • (James Caan) "Then I'll see you in Tokyo."
  • (James Caan) "Don't try to frighten me, you don't know how. Now I am going to Tokyo and you are not."
  • (James Caan) "I've been thinking, Ella. Thinking a lot -- and watching. It's like people had a choice a long time ago between having all them nice things or freedom. Of course, they chose comfort."
  • (Maud Adams) "But comfort is freedom. It always has been. The whole history of civilization is a struggle against poverty and need."
  • (James Caan) "No. No -- that's not it. That's never been it. Them privileges just buy us off."
  • (James Caan) "Look, they want me to quit, Ella."
  • (Maud Adams) "Then quit."
  • (James Caan) "Just like that, huh?"
  • (Maud Adams) "But you've got to do it now. You've got to before it's too late, whether you want to or not. Look, Johnny -- the next game there won't be any substitutions allowed -- and no time limit. You'll die, Johnny. Everybody will die."
  • (James Caan) "No time limit. They tell you that?"
  • (Maud Adams) "Yes."
  • (James Caan) "They tell you to convince me to quit?"
  • (Maud Adams) "Yes, but that isn't why I came here. You have to get out for your own sake. Oh, please Johnny, please."
  • (James Caan) "They tell you to stay if -- ah -- I did quit?"
  • (James Caan) "You my big reward?"
  • (James Caan) "Ears. Now, they're important, too."

John Houseman as Bartholomew

  • (John Houseman) "Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it's ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions."
  • (John Houseman) "In my opinion, we are confronted here with something of a situation. Otherwise, I would not have presumed to take up your time. Once again, it concerns the case of Jonathan E. We know we don't want anything extraordinary to happen to Jonathan. We've already agreeed on that. No accidents, nothing unnatural. 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."
  • (John Houseman) "The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort."
  • (John Houseman) "You can be made to quit, you know. You can be forced."
  • (James Caan) "You can't make me quit."
  • (John Houseman) "Don't tell me I can't. Don't EVER say that. I can. YOU can be stopped."
  • (John Houseman) "Sweet Dreams, Moonpie. That's a bad habit you've got there. You know what that habit will make you dream, Moonpie? You'll dream you're an executive. You'll have your hands on all the controls, and you will wear a gray suit, and you will make decisions. But you know what, Moonpie? You know what those executives dream about out there behind their desks? They dream they're great rollerballers. They dream they're Jonathan; they have muscles, they bash in faces."

Maud Adams as Ella

  • (Maud Adams) "But comfort is freedom. The entire history of civilization is a struggle against poverty and need."
  • (James Caan) "No, that's not it. That's never been it. I mean, them privileges just buy us off."
  • (Maud Adams) "You still don't understand why I came here?"
  • (James Caan) "You're the only person I ever wanted. I wanted you on my side, that's all."

Robert Ito as NYC Coach

  • (Robert Ito) "I don't want another man on that track. Houston, what are you trying to do? Nobody's gonna win this game?"
  • (Rusty, Team Executive) "Game? This wasn't meant to be a game. NEVER."

John Beck as Moonpie

  • (Reporter) "How did you develop your style of play?"
  • (John Beck) "I just imitate him."
  • (John Beck) "And plastic surgery keeps me beautiful."
  • (John Beck) "What do you want books for? Look Johnny, if you wanna learn somethin', just get a Corporate Teacher to come and teach it to ya'. Use yer Privilege Card."

Moses Gunn as Cletus

  • (Moses Gunn) "Jonathan, there's one thing you ought to know, and nobody's said it, but I'm sure of it. They're afraid of you, Jonathan. All the way to the top, they are."

Ralph Richardson as Librarian

  • (Ralph Richardson) "We are confused again here today. This is embarrassing. It's embarrassing to misplace things."
  • (James Caan) "Misplaced some data?"
  • (Ralph Richardson) "Hmmm."
  • (Ralph Richardson) "The whole of the 13th century. Misplaced the computers, several conventional computers. We can't find them. We're always moving things around, getting organized, my assistants and I. This; this is Zero's fault; Zero, he's the world's file cabinet. Pity, poor old 13th century."
  • (Ralph Richardson) "Well, come along now, you want to get started, don't you?"
  • (James Caan) "Yes, sir."
  • (Ralph Richardson) "This way. Now, we've lost those computers with all of the 13th century in them. Not much in the century, just Dante and a few corrupt Popes, but it's so distracting and annoying."

Barbara Trentham as Daphne

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