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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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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Two stuntmen were injured and went to the hospital from filming a roller car crash sequence. The accident occurred at Ocean View Park in Norfolk, Virginia, for a sequence being captured by five cameras, where twenty-four passengers were to be killed from a roller coaster crash. One of the coaster cars hurled from the roller track as planned, landing on the balsa wood set building below the roller coaster with five stuntmen on-board, but two of them got injured. See more »

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During the catastrophic accident in the beginning of the movie, most of the people in the roller coaster cars are obviously dummies. See more »

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Fran: Harry?
Harry Calder: Mmh?
Fran: If you're trying to kill us, at least let me put on some lip gloss.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Stars and Stripes Forever
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A very entertaining ride.
22 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I read a review of this movie indicating that Seagal's acting "almost saved it." I would go farther and say that this movie is enjoyable primarily because of the acting. Segal's Harry Calder is very good and properly understated -- you get the impression of a nice guy with little ambition or tact. Widmark is also good as the know it all cop. However, Bottoms' blackmailer is even better! He plays the young man with the cold, calculating efficiency of the sociopath. Very understated, which is a sign of good acting. I'm reminded of a Jack Lemmon quote describing his early years in film when the director kept telling him "a little less." Bottoms give us the bare minimum, which is perfect for this character. The script is also good, taking what could be an action-only cliché and turning it into a suspenseful "how is he going to do it." Anyone who is looking for high drama or Hitchcock is going to be disappointed. But if you are looking to be entertained then it is a very enjoyable ride.


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