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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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Suspenseful and intriguing disaster movie with all-star-cast and well-directed See more (74 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)
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Trivia:
The roller coaster featured in the main climax of the movie is the Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. It opened in 1976 and was the first roller coaster to feature a complete 360-degree vertical loop.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the rollercoaster at Magic Mountain goes down for the first time, a shadow of the gear holding the camera is visible for a moment.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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Movie Connections:
References "Sesame Street" (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Suspenseful and intriguing disaster movie with all-star-cast and well-directed, 5 August 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Thrilling and entertaining catastrophe movie with some clichés and stereotypes containing enjoyable performances from George Segal and Richard Widmark ; dealing with a psychotic person who plans a massive killing spree in amusement parks . Police and FBI are called in to investigate and trace the crimes to a young man (Timothy Bottoms) , as this is a race against time and terror . They are pursuing a nameless, faceless man through America's greatest amusement park . This disaster movie blends action , intrigue , breathtaking spectacle, suspense and emotional byplay . ¨Rollercoaster¨ was a successful film that grossed at box office . The FBI led by superior officer named Hoyt (Richard Widmark) and helped by technical supervisor Calder (George Segal) learn of the plot and rush to the scene , as the psychopath blackmails a whole conglomerate of companies for a million dollars . Still , they may be too late , as an all-star cast finds itself lined up in the sights of a madman . They spend most of their time devising various ways for avoid to psychopath carries out his aims : a massive killing spree in parks and rollercoasters especially . As our heroes get stuck in the before it blows up and when slaughter takes place they go into action ; as they pay tribute to policemen . There takes place a struggle between two forces , the cops along with FBI and the sinister assassin and ultimately erupts when the crowd turns almost effortlessly and devours itself in a climax of panic .

Exciting film that packs thrills , noisy action , overwhelming scenes , suspense , emotion and turns out to be pretty entertaining . This formula intrigue movie belongs to catastrophe genre of the 70s , being the undisputed king , ¨The towering inferno¨ along with ¨Earthquake¨ , ¨Two minutes warning¨ and many others ; this formula disaster movie was widely developed by Irwin Allen , previously winner of numerous Oscars for ¨Poseidon¨ until the failures as ¨Beyond Poseidon¨, ¨Swarm¨ and ¨When the time ran out¨ . ¨Rollercoaster¨ results to be an intriguing and thrilling film . Filmed at the height of the disaster genre from the 7os , this entry in the spectacular series profits of a strong acting by starring trio George Segal , Richadd Widmark and Henry Fonda . Good performance by Timothy Bottoms , the filmmakers later decided that the movie was more suspenseful if the motive behind the Young Man's actions were never known, as well as keeping the audience from sympathizing with the Young Man's situation . Succeeds in combining various talented actors , an all star cast came together that tie for film's top casting honors ; furthermore a top-notch secondary casting such as Harry Guardino , Susan Strasberg , William Prince , Robert Quarry and a teenager Helen Hunt and Craig Wasson , Steve Guttenberg's first film . Furthermore , most of the actors portraying police officials in the film were actual police officers from the surrounding area . And for the first time, you are experiencing the most sensational rides of our time, to be presented in "Sensurround", a special low-frequency bass speaker setup consisting of four huge speakers loaned by distributors to select theaters showing the film , this system was employed only during certain sequences of the film, and was so powerful that it actually cracked plaster at some movie theaters. "Sensurround" was employed in only three other films released by Universal: Earthquake, Midway, and the theatrical release of Battlestar Galactica .

Colorful and gripping photography in Panavision by David Walsh , including persistent high-angle shots , subjective camera-work and use of long lenses . Some of the amusement park scenes were shot at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, just north of Richmond and also partially filmed at Ocean View Park in Virginia (including the destruction of the roller-coaster) and the roller coaster featured in the main climax of the movie is the Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA and was the first to feature a complete 360-degree vertical loop . Intriguing and thrilling score by Lalo Schifrin in his usual style . This big-budgeted disaster movie was professionally directed by James Goldstone , an ordinary TV movies director and subsequently made another catastrophe film , the disastrous ¨When time ran out¨ . Rating : Good and entertaining , it's a fairly watchable disaster movie.

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