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Westworld (1973) Poster

(1973)

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The first use of computer digitized images as part of a feature film (not merely monitor graphics) was the Gunslinger's point of view in Westworld. After the process was finally developed enough to produce satisfactory results, it took a mere eight hours to produce each ten seconds of Gunslinger's pixellated POV.
When the Gunslinger robot is splashed in the face with acid, Yul Brynner's face was coated with an oil-based makeup mixed with ground Alka-Seltzer. A splash of water then produced the fizzing effect.
The robot that Yul Brynner portrays is an homage/spoof of his character Chris from The Magnificent Seven (1960) and wears the same costume.
When breakdowns of the robots begin to occur and spread, there is a discussion on the similarity of this problem to a disease. This is a very early reference to computer viruses.
There were several minor injures during filming. During a shootout scene a piece of wadding from a blank cartridge struck Yul Brynner in the eye, scratching his cornea and leaving him unable to wear his light reflecting contacts without his injured eye turning red and tearing up, so shooting had to be maneuvered to allow time for his eye to heal. And during the scene where James Brolin's character was bitten by a rattlesnake, while the milked rattler was attached to Brolin's arm, he was bitten by the teeth on the snakes lower jaw, despite wearing padding on his arm made of leather and cotton.
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.
Director John Carpenter based the "indestructable" nature of his killer Michael Myers in Halloween (1978) on Yul Brynner's character in this film.
Director and screenwriter Michael Crichton re-edited first cut of the movie because he was depressed by how long and boring it was. Scenes which were deleted from rough cut include; bank robbery and sales room sequences, hovercraft with passengers flying above desert in the beginning, additional and longer dialogue scenes, more scenes with robots going crazy and killing guests including a scene where one guest is tied down to a rack and is killed when his arms are pulled out, longer chase scene with Gunslinger chasing Peter, Gunslinger cleaning his face with water after Peter throws acid on him... In Crichton's assembly cut of the movie there was also a different ending which included fight between Gunslinger and Peter (which was deleted because it seemed like it was staged and foolish) and alternate death scene of Gunslinger where he is killed with same rack that was used by one of the other robots to kill one of the guests in previously mentioned deleted scene.
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Yul Brynner's character is known as The Gunslinger. Interestingly, the word "gunslinger" was only created in the 1950s and has no connection to the old West.
Inspiration for the Simpson's episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land."
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A day at the Delos resort costs $1000.
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