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Director:
Writers:
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Sanford Sheldon (screen story) ...
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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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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:
Initially, Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was to be featured in the movie. But after reading the film's script, park management objected to the story. As such, the venue did not feature in the film and the name in the script for this amusement park was changed to "Wonderworld".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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:
Stars and Stripes ForeverSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Sure it made coasters scarier, 18 December 2005
Author: tsar65 from United States

This is probably my favorite childhood film having seen it 30 times at the theater during the summer of '77 (to put it in perspective I only saw Star Wars 12 times) and it still holds up very well. I'm sure part of that is the nostalgia factor as it seems to capture a time and place(s) pretty well, but there's a bit more to its appeal to me than that. It works because none of the characters are grossly exaggerated caricatures but everyday men with foibles like struggling to quit smoking. The Caulder character is identifiable because of his family and work failings while Bottom's soft-spoken psychopath (which probably would be portrayed as over the top if the movie were to be made now) is much more in tune with an understated realism that most contemporary madmen you see on screen today lack. While the Widmark character of Hoyt is a pretty much by the book portrayal of a federal dick, his sardonic exchanges with Segal lend an heir of authentic, yet begrudging mutual respect. That credit should go to the screenwriters. Henry Fonda's exchanges with Caulder are similar in their edge and that makes for an understanding of what Harry is up against in trying to stop the bomber. Susan Strasberg as Caulder's love interest is sympathetic, and very pretty, but isn't given much screen time outside of being a nanny for Caulder's daughter...a minor complaint to be sure.

After Roller-coaster came down from my long since demolished local three screen multiplex and had its initial HBO run it sadly all but seemed to disappear from my life, outside of an occasional run on late night TV during the eighties, but reappeared in 1998 when I stumbled upon a VHS copy from a company called GOODTIMES at a Tower Record store in Seattle. I was ecstatic. I still pull it off the shelf every once in awhile to remind myself that some of the minor films of the seventies that weren't appreciated in their day deserve another view.

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