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Westworld (1973)

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

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John Blane
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Medieval Knight
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Medieval Queen
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Banker
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Arlette (as Linda Scott)
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Technician
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Black Knight (as Michael Mikler)
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Sheriff
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Miss Carrie
Anne Randall ...
Daphne
Julie Marcus ...
Girl in Dungeon
Sharyn Wynters ...
Apache Girl
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Storyline

An amusement park for rich vacationers. The park provides its customers a way to live out their fantasies through the use of robots that provide anything they want. Two of the vacationers choose a wild west adventure. However, after a computer breakdown, they find that they are now being stalked by a rogue robot gun-slinger. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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Westworld ...where robot men and women are programmed to serve you for ...Romance ...Violence ...Anything See more »


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8 December 1973 (Italy)  »

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Oestelandia  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Crichton became inspired to write this film after a trip to Disneyland, where he saw the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and was impressed by the animatronic characters. Furthermore, the ride is mentioned is Jurassic Park (1993), when Malcolm says the "Pirates didn't come to life and kill people", unlike what happens in this film. Jurassic Park (1993) was based on the novel by Westworld director Michael Crichton. See more »

Goofs

During the fight between the Medieval Knight and the Black Knight, the bent sword switches between characters several times. See more »

Quotes

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Interviewer of Delos Guests: [hosting a commercial] Hi. Ed Renfrew for Delos again. If there's anyone who doesn't know what Delos is, well, as we've always said: Delos is the vacation of the future, today. At Delos, you get your choice of the vacation you want. There's Medieval World, Roman World and, of course, Westworld. Let's talk to some of the people who've been there.
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Referenced in Predator (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
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Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Performed by Richard Benjamin
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Wonderful mix of Sci-Fi, Western and .... creepiness!
18 June 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Writer/director Michael Crichton clearly has an interest in amusement theme parks where things go horribly wrong! His most successful achievement "Jurassic Park" revolves on this ingenious premise, but so does this "Westworld" which predates Spielberg's box-office hit by 20 years! And maybe I don't know anything about cinema, but I sure think this film is at least ten times better and more unsettling than "Jurassic Park". Despite some flaws and script-errors, Crichton's film is a tense milestone that is ultimately compelling and far ahead of its time. In a near future, a couple of slick marketeers have developed a holiday resort where rich tourists are offered imaginative vacations in perfect copies of the ancient Rome, a medieval countryside or the Wild West. The story mainly focuses on Westworld, where robot gunslingers like Yul Brunner (even more brilliant than usual) are programmed to die bloodily whenever a jolly tourist challenges them to a duel. That is, until suddenly the central computer begins the malfunction and the robots stand up for themselves. The last half hour is amazingly suspenseful and contains some grueling images that'll definitely excite horror fans. The set pieces and costumes are excellent and with a great eye for detail. For the legendary actor Yul Brunner, this was an ideal movie to conclude his brilliant career and simultaneously a great opportunity to bring homage his entire repertoire. Slightly negative elements about "Westworld" include the rather goofy choice of music and the abrupt ending. Although this last remark may be a purely personal point of criticism, since I really wanted the film to go on for another hour or so. Great movie...terrific entertainment!


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