When Corporations rule the world, what happens to the idea of Humanity. Norman Jewison explores what is turning out to be a possible future for us in his 1975 Sci-Fi Classic, "Rollerball." James Caan, coming off his starring role in "Funny Girl," Plays Johnathon E, the most popular athlete in the game of Rollerball, a sport that combines Roller Derby, Motocross and no-holds Barred wrestling that was created by the Corporations that control the planet. Despite his popularity, the Sport was never meant to be anything more than a way for the masses to be distracted by the fact that their entire lives belong to the Corporations. Johnathon has become bigger than the game, and despite their best efforts, he won't retire from the sport. Systematically, the Energy Corporation, led by Mr. Bartholomew (John Houseman) makes the game more and more violent, resulting in members of Johnathon's Houstin team to suffer more than a few injuries, and deaths, including his teammate and best friend, "Moonpie, (John Beck)
The finale of the season, and the movie, involves a deathmatch between Houston and New York, where the future of teh sport as well as Johnathon's fate will be determined.
In the 45+ years since the movie's release, the intrusion of COrporate influence in Humanity has grown more and more. Will we end up as virtual slaves to a global Corporate conglomerate? Maybe, Maybe not. But What Rollerball does show is that despites the best efforts do eliminate Individualism, the Human Spirit will never surrender and true legends will rise.