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Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

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Lyle, a motorcycle champion is traveling the Mexican desert, when he find himself in the action radius of a time machine. So he find himself one century back in the past between rapists, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyle Swann
Claire Cygne
Porter Reese
Claude Dorsett
Carl Dorsett
Ben Potter
Dr. Sam
Jonathan Bahnks ...
Susan Dear ...
2nd Technician
Bruce Gordon ...
Jack Peoples
3rd Technician


Lyle, a motorcycle champion is traveling the Mexican desert, when he find himself in the action radius of a time machine. So he find himself one century back in the past between rapists, thiefs and murderers.... Written by Tognacci Sebastiano <>

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Lyle Swann is a champion off-road racer. But to the people of 1877, he's something very, very different...


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11 December 1982 (USA)  »

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Timerider  »

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Andrew Stevens was also seriously considered for the role of Lyle Swann. See more »


At the beginning of the film, as Swan is racing across the desert and the scientists are preparing the time travel experiment, the sky changes from midday to sunset and from bright sunny skies to cloudy overcast skies several times in just a few minutes. See more »


[I work hard to steal this stuff]
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A good deal of fun.
26 May 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Amusing cult flick combines sci-fi and the Western in this offbeat tale of a motocross racer, Lyle Swann (Fred Ward), who gets lost and wanders into the testing area of a time travel experiment. So good old Lyle is zapped back over a hundred years to the Old West where he confounds the locals with his outrageous (to them, anyway) get-up and his astounding vehicle, which slimy outlaw Porter Reese (Peter Coyote) wants to obtain no matter what.

The film is co-written (with director William Dear), produced and scored by ex - "Monkee" Michael Nesmith, and overall is pretty entertaining, even if it's doing a lot of standard fish-out-of-water humour. However, after a while it begins to take itself just a little too seriously. The viewer can also take issue with just how clueless Lyle remains about his situation. It never once occurs to him that he could have ended up in the past.

"Timerider" certainly features an impressive roster of character actors

  • Ward is likable in the starring role, the oddly matched Richard Masur

and Tracey Walter are funny as bickering brothers, and Ed Lauter, L.Q. Jones, Chris Mulkey, and Macon McCalman are fine in supporting parts. Belinda Bauer is damn sexy in the part of a feisty female outlaw who becomes attracted to Lyle.

The camera-work and cinematography are first rate, and the scenery is beautiful to look at. The costumes are nicely done, as well. Nesmiths' score is catchy, funky stuff. There is some violence, but never much in the way of gore.

B movie enthusiasts will surely enjoy the premise of this little film, which does move along quite well and offer enough diverting set pieces and laughs to rate as acceptable entertainment.

Seven out of 10.

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