The Blood of Heroes (1989)

R   |    |  Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

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In a future, where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, 6 people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.



  • Rutger Hauer in The Blood of Heroes (1989)
  • Joan Chen in The Blood of Heroes (1989)
  • The Blood of Heroes (1989)
  • Rutger Hauer and Max Fairchild in The Blood of Heroes (1989)
  • Rutger Hauer in The Blood of Heroes (1989)
  • Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen in The Blood of Heroes (1989)

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14 July 2019 | Hey_Sweden
| I like scars.
An appealing and feisty Joan Chen plays Kidda, a young woman in your typical ominous future. In this environment, there is a popular sport, otherwise known as "The Game", in which combatants fight each other in order to allow a "qwik" to make it to the other teams' goal line and score by placing a dog skull atop a stake. Rutger Hauer plays Sallow, a longtime master of The Game who once played at the highest level, but lost his standing when he spent time with a Lords' wife. Kidda replaces the critically injured current "qwik" on Hauers' team, and they figure to improve their lot in life by issuing a "challenge" to teams still in this League.

Written and directed by David Webb Peoples, whose other screenwriting credits include "Blade Runner", "Unforgiven", "Twelve Monkeys", and "Soldier", this shows its audience a reasonably good time for just over an hour and a half. It doesn't really add up to much when it's all said and done, coming off as pretty familiar to anybody who's watched their fair share of low budget post-civilization cinema. But The Game itself is pretty amusing, and this viewer did like the certain bloody, grimy, and gritty aesthetic that Peoples gave this little picture. It has a definite atmosphere going for it - filmed topside in the desolate Australian area known as Coober Pedy (where "Pitch Black" filmed 10 years later) and underground in some understandably dimly lit sets, it's grim without ever getting TOO grim for some tastes.

The costumes, music, and production design are all entertaining. Hauers' team also consists of Anna Katarina, Delroy Lindo, Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio, Gandhi MacIntyre, and Justin Monjo, and they're fun to watch. Aussie icons Max Fairchild, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Richard Norton have roles as well. Hauer is rather low key, dialling down but not forgoing his typical charisma. This may be one of his finest B movie appearances.

Long live the Juggers, with Hauers' bunch a team worth rooting for if ever there was one.

Seven out of 10.

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