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Rollercoaster (1977)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 June 1977 (USA)
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 ...
Federal Agent #1


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 <nebiros@informador.com.mx>

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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


Debut feature film of actors Craig Wasson and Steve Guttenberg. Guttenberg got this break thanks to his godfather and mentor Michael Bell. See more »


During the last ride of the Revolution roller coaster, the police chase after the young man. The chase is much longer than the actual roller coaster ride time. 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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Referenced in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »


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Excellent Suspense Drama,
5 December 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Unforgettable Suspense, drama which opens with a terrifying Scene Of a derailment of a roller-coaster which is no accident, It's the work of an unstable extremist(Timothy Bottoms),who is an electronics expert, His sole purpose is to Blackmail $1 million from a group of amusement park owners.

George Segal, plays Harry Caulder, a likable safety inspector Who becomes Involved in the increasingly Tense, attempts to track down The saboteur,Richard Widmark plays a tough federal agent on the case, There is an extended cameo of sorts, by Henry Fonda Who plays Segals Boss, Roller-coaster has an excellent script by Richard Levinson &William Link. who have written episodes of Colombo,

Roller-coaster is a film first, Iam sure it was the first film to Feature a lot of early Steadicam work which admirably works well in the the opening and climax,

It also marks the debut Of Helen Hunt,A young Steve Guttenburg has a walk on part (Check out his afro! From its terrifying opening, to the tension filled finale Roller-coaster 'will have you on the edge of your seat!

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