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Writer:
Michael Crichton (written by)
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Release Date:
21 November 1973 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Westworld ...where robot men and women are programmed to serve you for ...Romance ...Violence ...Anything See more »
Plot:
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
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(199 articles)
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"Boy, have we got a vacation for you...where nothing can go wrong!" See more (154 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Yul Brynner ... Gunslinger

Richard Benjamin ... Peter Martin

James Brolin ... John Blane

Norman Bartold ... Medieval Knight

Alan Oppenheimer ... Chief Supervisor
Victoria Shaw ... Medieval Queen

Dick Van Patten ... Banker
Linda Gaye Scott ... Arlette (as Linda Scott)

Steve Franken ... Technician
Michael T. Mikler ... Black Knight (as Michael Mikler)
Terry Wilson ... Sheriff

Majel Barrett ... Miss Carrie
Anne Randall ... Daphne
Julie Marcus ... Girl in Dungeon
Sharyn Wynters ... Apache Girl
Anne Bellamy ... Middle Aged Woman
Chris Holter ... Stewardess
Charles Seel ... Bellhop
Wade Crosby ... Bartender
Nora Marlowe ... Hostess
Lin Henson ... Ticket Girl
Orville Sherman ... Supervisor
C. Lindsay Workman ... Supervisor (as Lindsay Workman)
Lauren Gilbert ... Supervisor
Davis Roberts ... Supervisor
Howard Platt ... Supervisor
Richard Roat ... Technician
Kenneth Washington ... Technician

Jared Martin ... Technician
Robert Patten ... Technician
David M. Frank ... Technician (as David Frank)
Kip King ... Technician
David Man ... Technician
Larry Delaney ... Technician
Will J. White ... Workman
Ben Young ... Workman
Tom Falk ... Workman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Cahill ... 3rd Male Interviewee (uncredited)

Robert Hogan ... Delos Guests' Interviewer (uncredited)
Robert Nichols ... 1st Male Interviewee (uncredited)
Ty Randolph ... Girl in Saloon (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... White-Haired Woman on Elevator (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ... 2nd Male Interviewee (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Crichton 
 
Writing credits
Michael Crichton (written by)

Produced by
Paul Lazarus III .... producer (as Paul N. Lazarus III)
Michael I. Rachmil .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
 
Cinematography by
Gene Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy 
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal  (as Herman Blumenthal)
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist
Dione Taylor .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Claude Binyon Jr. .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director
James F. Boyle .... second assistant director (as James Boyle)
Craig Huston .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Friedrich .... property master
 
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound (as Richard Church)
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Schulthies .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Brent Sellstrom .... visual effects coordinator
John Whitney Jr. .... automated image processing
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunt double (uncredited)
Alan Oliney .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Ziker .... fire gag stunt (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph A. August Jr. .... camera operator (as Joseph August)
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bruno .... wardrobe supervisor
Betsy Cox .... wardrobe: women's
 
Music Department
Bill Campbell .... musician: paino (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Fred Karlin .... conductor (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dick Ziker .... action scenes coordinator
Charles Lippincott .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1974) | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1994) (2008) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Inspiration for the Simpson's episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the rattlesnake is shot, it is nearly torn in two. When the workers retrieve the snake shortly afterward, the snake's body is intact with no sign of the gunshot.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Interviewer of Delos Guests:[hosting a commercial] Hi. Ed Ramsey from Delos. 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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why did the scientist/mechanic decide to give the gunslinger infrared vision and enhanced hearing capabilities?
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62 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
"Boy, have we got a vacation for you...where nothing can go wrong!", 19 February 2005
Author: Billie from United States

"Boy, have we got a vacation for you...where nothing can go wrong!"

Well, as the old saying goes..."famous last words."

"Westworld" is supposed to be set in the future (as visualized back in 1973 when the film was made, apparently the computers of the future are really, really big, and the monitors are really, really small, lol), where pampered rich folk can go to a vacation resort named "Delos", where they choose one of three "worlds" to visit and interact in: Medieval World, Roman World, and Westworld. Our protagonists John Blaine and Peter Martin (played by James Brolin and Richard Benjamin, respectively) choose Westworld. John is a Westworld veteran, having visited many times. Peter is his friend and first-timer at the resort; uttering childlike statements such as "Do we get a real gun? Wow!" In the various "worlds", the guests interact with each other and with anatomically-correct, extremely realistic robots. They are able to *ahem* interact very closely with the female robots, and also shoot the mean robots for fun (the guns they are supplied with will not work on real people) as they wish. A real "cowboys and indians" scenario for the child in us all. Roman World is promoted as a big sex resort, and Medieval World is geared towards the romantic, it seems.

The film starts out with quite a lot of intentional comedy and satire, and frankly starts out very much like it could have been a 1970's TV "Movie of the Week", but once the robots start to go bad...what we have for the rest of the film is a truly creepy western/sci-fi film. It's a gunfight! Albeit a Sci-Fi one. The last half-hour of the film is essentially a silent movie, as Crichton said he wanted, save for the great soundtrack, which sounds something like a bow being drawn against piano strings, or a cello; anyway it has the same unsettling effect as the out-of-tune piano in another classic, "Wait Until Dark" (1967).

Movies with robots/androids...there have been many I have seen and loved. But for this review I will cite examples of what I consider to be scary robots in film, besides "Westworld": "The Stepford Wives" (1974), "Alien" (1979), "Blade Runner" (1982), "The Terminator" (1984), "Aliens", "The Companion" (1995).

But "Westworld" was the first scary robot film I ever saw. And even after the others that followed, nothing quite equals Yul Brynner in his role as the gunslinger robot gone bad in "Westworld." His performance is what really makes the movie. Brynner was a good actor, and even (aybe especially) playing a machine, his skill is used to great effect. His performance was anything but wooden (unlike the always wooden Ah-nold in "The Terminator", for instance).

When Brynner's robot gunslinger commands "Draw", with the slightest twist at the corner of his mouth, he is completely creepy and scary. Even the way he walks when hunting down Richard Benjamin's character has an element to it that I have never seen again.

What's also great about this film is the development of Benjamin's character of Peter Martin. He starts out as the inexperienced nerdy sidekick to Brolin's John Blaine, and ends up showing his true mettle as the going gets rough. The nerdy naive Martin quickly learns how to survive.

This was Sci-Fi writer/director Michael Crichton's first foray into big-screen film-making. Crichton has said he made the film in thirty days. I would expect that finding pre-made sets were easy at least; there was bound to be at least a western set sitting around the studio lots. And of course, back then there were fewer and less complicated special effects.

If you find a DVD of this to rent, and you've never seen the film before, I recommend that you do not watch the trailer first! It's a real spoiler.

Note: Look for Majel Barrett (of "Star Trek-Generations", and she is also Gene Roddenberrys' widow) as the whorehouse madam.

Brynner's part was a play on his role in the classic western film "The Magnificent Seven."

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