TIL The success of Rollerball (1975) led to promoters wanting to buy the rights to the in-film sport. The director, Norman Jewison, was outraged as the movie was to show the “sickness and insanity of contact sports and their allure.”

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  1. >The game of Rollerball was so realistic that the cast, extras, and stunt personnel played it between takes on the set. At the time of the film’s release, Howard Cosell interviewed Norman Jewison and James Caan on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, showing clips from the film and with the two of them explaining the rules of the game. Audiences who saw the film so loved the action of the game that Jewison was contacted multiple times by promoters, requesting that the “rights to the game” be sold so that real Rollerball leagues might be formed. Jewison was outraged, as the entire point of the movie was to show the “sickness and insanity of contact sports and their allure.”[14]

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    >Recognizing their contribution to the film’s many crucial action sequences, Rollerball was the first major Hollywood production to give screen credit to its stunt performers.

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