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Writers:
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Release Date:
17 June 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A clever, underrated thriller See more (73 total) »

Cast

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George Segal ... Harry Calder

Richard Widmark ... Agent Hoyt

Timothy Bottoms ... Young Man

Henry Fonda ... Simon Davenport

Harry Guardino ... Keefer

Susan Strasberg ... Fran

Helen Hunt ... Tracy Calder

Dorothy Tristan ... Helen
Harry Davis ... Benny Neilson
Stephen Pearlman ... Bert Lyons
G.F. Rowe ... Wayne Moore (as Gerald Rowe)
Wayne Tippit ... Police Captain Christie

Michael Bell ... Chuck Demerest
Charlie Tuna ... Rock Concert MC
Lonny Stevens ... Federal Agent #1
Tom Baker ... Federal Agent #2
Ava Readdy ... Hippie Girl

Craig Wasson ... Hippie Boy

William Prince ... Quinlan
Dick McGarvin ... Owner #1
Quinn K. Redeker ... Owner #2 (as Quinn Redeker)

Harry Basch ... Owner #3

Arthur Peterson ... Owner #4
Richard Altman ... Mandell
Gloria Calomee ... Jackie

Robert Quarry ... Mayor

Jean Rasey ... Girl in Line
Greg Elliot ... Boy in Line
Bruce Kimball ... Bomb Squad #1 (as Bruce Kimbell)

Bruce French ... Bomb Squad #2

Stephen Mendillo ... Bomb Squad #3

Larry Holt ... Bomb Squad #4
Gene Tyburn ... Bomb Squad #5
Bill Sorrells ... Selby
Monica Lewis ... Tourist Mother
Dick Wesson ... Tourist Father
Joe George ... Guard
Gary Franklin ... Radio Reporter
Dave Milton ... Man in Robe
David Byrd ... Pet Store Owner
Henry Olek ... Smoking Technician
Dennis Speigel ... Pierce
Bill Saito ... Asian Man
Takayo Doran ... Asian Woman
Roger Steffens ... Radio Technician
Dianne T. Murray ... Pregnant Agent
Mark Hulcher ... Delivery Boy
Charles W. Bennett Jr. ... Bomb Squad Man
John F. Swanson ... Lansing
Denice Harlow ... Hertz Girl
Mark Thomas ... Agent
J. Michael Hunter ... Shooting Gallery Attendant
Tara Buckman ... Coaster Attendant
Louis Weinberg ... Coaster Attendant (as Louis Weisberg)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Airington ... Man 1 (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Reporter (uncredited)

Cathi Peyton Erman ... Ring Toss Girl (uncredited)

Steve Guttenberg ... Messenger (uncredited)
Bob Kelley ... Virg - FBI agent on Tower (uncredited)
Ron Mael ... Ron Mael (uncredited)
Russell Mael ... Russell Mael (uncredited)

Branscombe Richmond ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Justine Visone ... Strasberg's Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Directed by
James Goldstone 
 
Writing credits
Tommy Cook (story)

Sanford Sheldon (screen story) and
Richard Levinson (screen story) &
William Link (screen story)

Richard Levinson (screenplay) &
William Link (screenplay)

Produced by
Tommy Cook .... associate producer
Jennings Lang .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward A. Biery 
Richard M. Sprague  (as Richard Sprague)
 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne 
 
Costume Design by
Burton Miller 
 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Burrell .... second assistant director (as Peter J. Burrell)
David Sosna .... second assistant director (as David O. Sosna)
L. Andrew Stone .... first assistant director
Peter Sosna .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound
John Stacy .... sound effects editor
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Daheim .... stunt coordinator
Jadie David .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tanya Russell .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Birch .... additional photographer
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Martha M. Elcan .... casting assistant
Shari Rhodes .... location casting
 
Music Department
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eugene Schwartz .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Howard G. Kazanjian .... production executive
Cathi Peyton Erman .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Gary Zahlen .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
119 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The rollercoaster crash that kicks off the film was significantly more graphic in its depiction of flying bodies and gore as the cars derail and topple over, and the sequence was toned down considerably before the film was released.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:[after the young man tells Harry he is holding the bomb] Do I have your full attention?
Harry Calder:Screw you!
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Movie Connections:
References "Sesame Street" (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A clever, underrated thriller, 15 August 1999
Author: Christian Preischl from Regensburg, Germany

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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