The Blood of Heroes
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item number: W9AJ
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 15, 2003
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Joan Chen, Anna Katarina & Vincent D'Onofrio|
|Directed by||David Webb Peoples|
Rating: 3/5 -- An unusually successful film of its kind, a good, lean variation on the post-apocalypse adventure-thriller that looks into the future to see the Dark Ages of the past.
New York Times
Plot development is slim. Much of running time is given over to the game itself, which seems to have no rules except that the winning team places the skull of a dog atop a pointed stick. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- The film goes wrong by appropriating worn material, then constructing around it a narrative so ruthlessly straightforward it steamrolls over any possibility of dramatic suspense. Full Review
Rating: D+ -- Unlike Rollerball or Death Race 2000, it serves up the carnage with Biblical solemnity. Full Review
The Blood of Heroes is a multimillion-dollar movie with about as much plot and depth as your average arcade game, but it's never quite as involving. Full Review
There's little to look at and nothing worth hearing. Even the game itself is a drag. Full Review
...A good, lean variation on the post-apocalyspe adventure-thriller....Peoples and his associates seem to have had a grand old time creating a terrible new world...
New York Times
In the futuristic sport of jugging, the way to victory is to maim and kill. A winning jugger team leader takes on a promising female apprentice and prepares for the final match against the team that expelled him years earlier. This is not just a fight for victory - it is a quest for revenge.
In the barren and desolate world of the post-apocalyptic era, a proud warrior known only as Sallow engages in a brutal sporting event called "juggers." Sallow was once a member of the League -- a ruling body which governs the sport -- but was summarily dismissed after committing a relatively minor infraction. Joined by a peasant girl named Kidda and a rag-tag group of outcasts, Sallow challenges the supremacy of the League by fielding his own team of rugged gladiators. The stakes of the resulting game are nothing less than life and death.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Estimated budget $10 million - $14 million.
- Director/screenwriter David [Webb] Peoples later went on to write the script for the Academy Award-winning "Unforgiven" (Clint Eastwood, 1992). Peoples received a British Academy Award for that screenplay and a nomination from the American Academy. "The Blood of Heroes" was his directorial debut.