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
   This does not happen in the book. Mr. Batholomew speaks with other executives and discusses why Jonathon needs to die during a game after he refuses to retire. People must be shown that the individual doesn't matter.
   This does not happen in the book. Jonathon attends a pre-screening of the special about his career along with Daphne. He is told that he will announce his retirement when the special is aired.
   Moonpie is killed during the Tokyo game. Moonpie is severely injured during the Tokyo game. Jonathon refuses to allow the Japanese doctor to shut off life support and instead has him sent to another facility where he will be kept alive while in a coma.
   This does not happen. Daphne and Jonathon get along well. Daphne threatens Jonathon by telling him that he should retire. Jonathon throws her to the ground, tells her that she should fear him and cuts her cheek with a spike on one of his Rollerball gloves.
   The oval track is 50 yards long and 30 yards wide. High banked. The bowling ball sized ebonite (hard rubber) 20 pound balls are fired at 300 mph. The circular track is 547 feet wide and banked at 18 degrees. The steel plated 21 pound, 3.5 inch wide ball is fired at up to 135 mph.
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