Rollercoaster (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  17 June 1977 (USA)
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A blackmailer threatens to sabotage roller-coasters at various American amusement parks if he isn't paid a huge ransom.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agent Hoyt
Young Man
Simon Davenport
Tracy Calder
Harry Davis ...
Benny Neilson
Stephen Pearlman ...
Bert Lyons
G.F. Rowe ...
Wayne Moore (as Gerald Rowe)
Wayne Tippit ...
Police Captain Christie
Chuck Demerest
Charlie Tuna ...
Rock Concert MC
Lonny Stevens ...
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The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a hard time to the cops after they give him UV marked money. He then wants revenge and places a bomb in a roller coaster at the most important amusement park event of the year. Written by Nebiros <>

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You are in a race against time...and terror. You are pursuing a nameless, faceless man through America's greatest amusement parks...and, for the first time, you are experiencing the most sensational rides of our time, IN SENSURROUND See more »


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17 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Achterbahn  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The Sensurround effects were recorded on location for "Rollercoaster" rather than being created in post-production as with the other Sensurround movies. See more »


When Young Man places the bomb in the Revolution car, he is sitting in the left seat. Yet when the next ride occurs, the bomb is under the boy who is sitting in the right seat. See more »


[speaking to each other over walkie-talkies]
Young Man: First, Harry, I think I should tell you about the bomb. Would you like to know where it is?
Harry Calder: Sure!
Young Man: You're holding it.
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Perfect Blend Of Disaster Film & Suspense Thriller
24 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roller-coaster was released in 1977 to capitalize on the disaster film craze of the 1970's. There's only one problem with this. This is a really good movie. Most of the disaster films of that era were full of cheesy acting and lousy writing ( excluding Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno). Roller-coaster boasts great acting, great plotting, and terrific suspense. The disaster scenes with the roller-coaster crashes are exciting. George Segal, Richard Widmark, and Timothy Bottoms deliver amazing performances. Segal plays the wisecracking reluctant hero with ease. Widmark channels all of the grit that made him a star back in the 1950's. Bottoms plays the psycho with a disturbing calm that will send chills down your spine. The only flaw with the film is quite surprising, Henry Fonda. That's right! I said Henry Fonda. Sacrilege, right? Fonda plays a minor supporting role, but manages to bring the film down to a lower level every time he is on screen. Every other actor in the film takes the script seriously and delivers a great performance. Fonda, however, seems to consider this an unimportant role in an unimportant film. He may have been right if other actors and another director had been involved. But Fonda was wrong. This is essential viewing.

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