A brutally violent sport (combining rugby, basketball and gratuitous violence) becomes popular in a post-apocalyptic America, both in the luxurious underground cities and the poor settlements struggling to survive on the surface.
Rutger Hauer stars as Sallow, a veteran player of the sport who has been reduced to leading a ragtag outfit of semi-pros from village to village to take on all comers.
Ambitious apprentice Kidda (Joan Chen) finally spurs him towards a return to the big city from whence he was banished, and a showdown with the elite teams.
It sounds like Mad Max (1979) meets Rollerball (1975) but actually resembles TV’s Gladiators on the cheap. A definite career low for David Webb Peoples, the writer of such masterpieces as Blade Runner (1982) and Unforgiven (1992), who made his directorial debut here.
David Webb Peoples