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 can read, but since he left university all books are gone and converted to tapes that people listen to or watch. Jonathon appears to be illiterate. He wants to read, but finds out all books are gone and converted to tapes.
   A special on TV will be made about Jonathon's career and shown to demonstrate how the Energy Corp takes in orphans and takes care of them. The special on TV will be shown to celebrate Jonathon and announce his retirement. Jonathon refuses to retire, so the rules are changed to make his death in the game more likely.
   Jonathon asks Cletus to bring Ella to him. Ella visits and they spend an enjoyable time together before she leaves. After Jonathon refuses to retire and survives the Tokyo game, Ella is sent to him in an attempt to convince him to retire. He refuses and says she is just a reward sent by the Corp.
   Daphne is a replacement concubine for Mackie. Jonathon appears to like them both. Jonathon tolerates Daphne; she is a replacement for Mackie when she is sent away. Jonathon meets Mackie later on at the party held in his honor; she tells him she is with an executive now.
   This does not happen. The TV special about Jonathon is shown; without his retirement announcement. Jonathon is watching it at a party where he talks to a former concubine who belongs to an executive now. Some of the party goers leave the mansion and entertain themselves by shooting large trees with a small pistol that makes the trees burst into flames.
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