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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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Agent Hoyt
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Young Man
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Simon Davenport
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Keefer
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Fran
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Tracy Calder
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Helen
Harry Davis ...
Benny Neilson
Stephen Pearlman ...
Bert Lyons
G.F. Rowe ...
Wayne Moore (as Gerald Rowe)
Wayne Tippit ...
Police Captain Christie
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Chuck Demerest
Charlie Tuna ...
Rock Concert MC
Lonny Stevens ...
Federal Agent #1
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Storyline

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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Achterbahn  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the actors portraying police officers in the film were actual police officers from the surrounding area. In fact, Charles W. Bennett, Jr., who played Bomb Squad Man, was an actual bomb technician at the time the film was made. He is now (1999) the chief of police in Lynchburg, Virginia. See more »

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The Young Man places the remote bomb on the first roller coaster underneath the main guide rail of the track, but allows the ride to run several times before detonating it. In reality, the up-stop wheels or side wheels of the next train to pass through the course would have knocked the bomb out of place or destroyed it. See more »

Quotes

Young Man: If they pay me and if they do what I say, I'll never bother them again.
Harry Calder: Are you sure? Maybe you enjoy it.
Young Man: Wrong psychological profile, Harry. I'm not in this for kicks
Harry Calder: Oh yeah, right, it's only the money. You're a businessman. And in a corrupt society, you're no worse than anybody else. We all cheat on our taxes, Detroit makes defective cars.
Young Man: I'm not enjoying this conversation, Harry.
Harry Calder: Then get yourself another messenger boy.
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Connections

Referenced in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello! Ma Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph E. Howard and Ida Emerson
[Singing Mushrooms in amusement park]
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A clever, underrated thriller
15 August 1999 | by (Regensburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Rollercoaster was released at a time when disaster movies were very popular. I guess that's why it's been labeled by many critics as exactly that. But it's not. It's a very clever thriller with some great dialogue. I wasn't too surprised that Columbo creators Richard Levinson and William Link co-developed the story and wrote the screenplay. Especially the conversations between George Segal and Timothy Bottoms are just as good as anything you've ever seen on Columbo. This is a very underrated movie and during all the Sensurround hype the finer qualities of it got overlooked. So maybe next time you get a chance watch it again. Perhaps you'll be surprised.


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