What's the Difference between Rollerball Murder the Book and Rollerball the Movie?

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Rollerball Murder

Released: 1973
Author: William Harrison


Released: 1975
Director: Norman Jewison
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In the Book In the Movie
Jonathhon E
Jonathhon E
Portrayed by: James Caan
Mr. Bartholomew
Mr. Bartholomew
Portrayed by: John Houseman
Portrayed by: John Beck
Portrayed by: Moses Gun
Portrayed by: Maud Adams
Portrayed by: Pamela Hensley
Portrayed by: Barbara Trentham
This Character does not appear.
Rusty, Team Exec
Portrayed by: Shane Rimmer
This Character does not appear.
Portrayed by: Ralph Richardson
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In the Book In the Movie
   Jonathon is rich as a result of his success. He has a nice house on a ranch on which he raises beef cattle and eats better than some executives. Jonathon is well off, he has nice property and rides horses.
   Jonathon shows a group of rookies at training camp how to take out a biker that bears down on him. Jonathon invites a large man from Manila to skate around the rink and "take him out" during a rookie training session. He drops to a knee as the rookie skates up behind him; tripping to the floor.
   Mr. Bartholomew was recently demoted in the Energy Corporation and is sort of a father figure to Jonathon; he offers to help him obtain films on history to learn. Jonathon wants more, he wants power. There is no conspiracy to kill Jonathon in the game. Batholomew is never demoted. He is the central figure in the Executive conspiracy to have Jonathon killed during a Rollerball game. The extreme violence in Rollerball was devised to show that an individual doesn't matter. Jonathon's heroism is defeating the purpose of Rollerball.
   Jonathon was a corporation child; the bastard of an executive. He learned Roller Ball Murder in university. This back story is not mentioned.
   Ella left Jonathon to marry an executive. Ella and her executive husband had applied to have a child but were denied. Ella was taken away from Jonathon because an executive wanted her. No mention of children applied for.
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