Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  11 December 1982 (USA)
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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 <seblog@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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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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Release Date:

11 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Timerider  »

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Did You Know?


The name of the protagonist, Lyle Swann, comes from "I'll swan," an old English term, heard much in the American southwest, meaning "I'll swear and warrant," used primarily as a mild epithet of surprise. See more »


When Lyle Swann jumps into the helicopter, the motorcycle (which had previously been destroyed) is visible on the right-hand side of the screen (possibly widescreen only). When the helicopter leaves, the bike is missing. See more »


Porter Reese: You shot it. What a bunch of dumb sons of bitches, you *shot* it! A *machine* - you butt-heads!
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits,a voiceover of a scientist at a press conference explains the timerider project and what they plan to do. See more »


Referenced in Daymaker (2007) See more »

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Disappointing for me
7 December 2002 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

I love time travel films, but there are two that disappoint me, this one and "Return to the Future". This one was absolutely corny and I think primarily designed for American Motor Cycle enthousiasts ( the film is not even known in Europe and hasn't appeared on VHS or DVD ). All time travel film is of course fantasy, but the story of this one is too corny. Throughout almost all the film the bike rider doesn't even realise he has crossed time and the villagers, apart from being fascinated by his machine, don't understand where he has come from. Both these ingredients being missing, one is more or less guaranteed that the film will be a failure. In fact if you look well much of the time you just see a motorbike zooming around all over the desert. So what's interesting about that. Nothing. There is little dialogue of any consequence between the protagonists and the anacchronism of the main character is not put to good use (as it is for example in Time After Time ). There are no comic situations arising from the time difference and hardly even a romance to titillate your taste buds. This is one of the few films where I bought the dvd without having seen the film and then regretted my purchase once I had seen the film ! In addition to that picture quality on the dvd is not up to much, and there are no other language tracks, subtitles or extras. So all in all a bit of a dead loss (like Joe Loss's Brother ) !!!

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