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Writers:
Tommy Cook (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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Wrong psychological profile, Harry. I'm not in this for kicks. See more (74 total) »

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:
Two stuntmen were injured and went to 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 to be killed from a rollercaoster 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 stunters on board, but two of them got injured.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the Rebel Yell Rollercoaster scene, the red train changes position in between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[speaking to each other over walkie-talkies]
Young Man:First, Harry, I think I should tell you about the bomb. Would you like to know where it is?
Harry Calder:Sure!
Young Man:You're holding it.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Wrong psychological profile, Harry. I'm not in this for kicks., 3 October 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Roller-coaster is directed by James Goldstone and co-adapted to screenplay by Sanford Sheldon, Richard Levinson and William Link, from a suggested Tommy Cook story. It stars George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Richard Widmark, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg and Helen Hunt. A Panavision/Technicolor production in Sensurround, it features music by Lalo Schifrin and photography by David M. Walsh.

A psychopathic bomber known only as "Young Man" (Bottoms) causes terror at American theme parks. When safety inspector Harry Calder (Segal) is brought in to investigate, it sets off a cat and mouse game as the "Young Man" ups the ante....

Even now Roller-coaster is still wrongly being lumped in with the disaster movie genre that surfaced in the 1970s. Released at a time when that particular genre of film was fading out, Roller-coaster is anything but a disaster movie. What it is is a psychopath based thriller that adheres to procedural values and character involvement. As it runs at nearly two hours in length should notify viewers that it isn't a film chocked full of Roller-coaster sequences and explosive pyrotechnics. Yes, there's some exciting "Coaster" sequences, neatly shown to us in POV, and in spite of the (obvious 1970s) use of dummies for the plot set-up carnage, this thrives on human interest and race against the clock suspense.

The marker is set early on as Bottoms' smirking killer sets up his first murderous act whilst listening to some deathly string arrangement on his cassette player. We then segue into fun fare music as the joys of the amusement park brings a warmth and calm to the viewer, this is soon vanquished as the terror a terrorist can bring comes to the fore. From here on in the Bottoms character remains mysterious but we know just what he is capable of, so does Segal's character, as do the likes of Widmark's Agent Hoyt and the rest of the "suits" frantically scratching around trying to avert further tragedy as the fresh faced bomber demands money with menace. This ensures the bulk of the film is made up of Calder and Young Man interactions and police procedural movements. It has much talk, very much so, but it's well scripted dialogue and heightens the tension as we enter the final third.

One of the few films to feature the Sensurround gimmick, the film perhaps logically loses much impact on the small screen. Prints of the film are only adequate, and the sound mix doesn't shake your lounges in the way it certainly did back in 1970s theatres. Yet this is still a damn fine suspense picture, a film that also carries with it some stoic performances from Segal and Widmark, and a chillingly effective villain turn from the undervalued Bottoms. Henry Fonda is on the credits, but really it's just a cameo appearance, while there's much interest value in watching future Academy Award winner Helen Hunt as the young daughter of Harry Calder.

Expect a taut thriller like Two-Minute Warning that was released the previous year, and you hopefully will not feel let down. Expecting a two hour disaster movie full of Coater Carnage will only lead to disappointment. 8/10

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