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Release Date:
11 December 1982 (USA) See more »
Lyle Swann is a champion off-road racer. But to the people of 1877, he's something very, very different...
Lyle, a motorcycle champion is traveling the Mexican desert, when he find himself in the action radius of a time machine... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Fred Ward ... Lyle Swann

Belinda Bauer ... Claire Cygne

Peter Coyote ... Porter Reese

Richard Masur ... Claude Dorsett

Tracey Walter ... Carl Dorsett

Ed Lauter ... Padre

L.Q. Jones ... Ben Potter

Chris Mulkey ... Daniels

Macon McCalman ... Dr. Sam
Jonathan Bahnks ... Jesse

Laurie O'Brien ... Terry
Susan Dear ... 2nd Technician

Bruce Gordon ... Earl

Ben Zeller ... Jack Peoples

William Dear ... 3rd Technician
Tommy Leyba ... Manuel
Ernie Quintana ... Zapata

Miguel Sandoval ... Emil
Reginald Johnson ... George
Philip L. Mead ... Wally
Manny Smith ... Devil Man
Ray Valdez ... Person in Crowd
Sam Chadwyck ... 1st Outlaw
Rusty Dillen ... 2nd Outlaw
Joseph V. DiPrima ... 3rd Outlaw
Audie Edmondson ... 4th Outlaw
Buddy Edmondson ... 5th Outlaw
Raleigh Gardenhire ... 6th Outlaw
Christopher Garrett ... 7th Outlaw

Luce Rains ... 8th Outlaw (as Steven Hartley)

Luke Jones ... 9th Outlaw
Curtis Plagge ... 10th Outlaw
Robert Dunbar ... Pilot (as Bob Dunbar)
Gibbeaun Monkette ... Esther G.
Oliver Dear ... Boy at Checkpoint
Andrew Hines ... Boy at Checkpoint
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Nesmith ... Race Official (uncredited)
Alan Swain ... Swann's Race Crew Spoter (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dear 
Writing credits
William Dear (written by) &
Michael Nesmith (written by)

Produced by
Harry Gittes .... producer
Lester Berman .... producer (uncredited)
Michael Nesmith .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michael Nesmith 
Cinematography by
Larry Pizer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
R.J. Kizer 
Suzanne Pettit 
Kim Secrist  (as K. Kim Secrist)
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Art Direction by
Linda Pearl 
Set Decoration by
Kevin Hughes 
Costume Design by
Jack Buehler 
Makeup Department
Jody Berman .... makeup assistant
Rita Ogden .... hair stylist
Rita Ogden .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lester Berman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Beau Marks .... first assistant director (as Beau E.L. Marks)
Stephen Sassen .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chris Brightman .... propmaker
Jim Brinker .... construction coordinator
Ray Cadd .... designer
Ray Cadd .... storyboard artist
Buzz Clarke .... propmaker
Paul Kinslow .... second assistant art director
Charles Stewart .... assistant props
Jerry Weigert .... propmaker
Bob Ziembicki .... property master
Victor Zorba .... assistant art director (as Zorba)
Kevin Hughes .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Becker .... boom operator
Anna Boorstin .... sound effects
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Roberta Doheny .... sound effects
Kimberly Harris .... sound effects
Lars Nelson .... sound effects
Richard Portman .... head sound mixer
Allen L. Stone .... sound mixer (as Allen Stone)
Murray Van Dyke .... second sound assistant
Visual Effects by
Wally Schaab .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Blair Burrows .... stunt double
Bill Catching .... stunt double (as J.P. Bill Catching)
Ted Duncan .... stunt coordinator
Gene Hartline .... stunt coordinator
John Hateley .... motorcycle stunts
Marcia Holley .... stunt double
Gary Jensen .... stunt double
Gene McLaughlin .... stunt double
Stuart Schwarz .... stunt double
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Timothy Eaton .... photographer: second unit, Santa Fe
Chris Espeset .... best boy grip
Tim Farley .... still photographer
Bryan Greenberg .... additional photographer
Michael Helbert .... grip
Greg Johnston .... electrician
Bruce Lewis .... electrician
William W. Lister .... gaffer (as William Lister)
Richard Miller .... photographer: second unit, Santa Fe
George Mooradian .... photographer: second unit, Santa Fe
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Rex North .... key grip (as Rex R. North)
Dennis Overman .... grip
Leslie Park .... photographer: second unit, Santa Fe
Jeffrey Pohn .... photographer: second unit, Santa Fe
Fred Robbins .... generator operator
Harvey Rubin .... first assistant camera
Jack Sander .... generator operator
Stuart Schwarz .... grip
George Welch .... best boy electrician
Casting Department
Alan Swain .... extras casting (as A.D. Swain)
Jeanne Swain .... talent consultant: Santa Fe
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Himmelsbach .... second wardrobe assistant
Diane Owen .... wardrobe assistant
Deborah Smith .... second wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Esther Greif .... post-production coordinator
Catherine Shields .... assistant editor
Tony Torres .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jerry Whittington .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Larry Brown .... music engineer
Joe Chemay .... music arranger
Joe Chemay .... musician: bass
Steve Forman .... music arranger
Steve Forman .... musician: percussion
John Hobbs .... music arranger
John Hobbs .... music director
John Hobbs .... musician: keyboard
Kenneth Karman .... music editor (as Ken Karman)
Paul Leim .... music arranger
Paul Leim .... musician: drums
David Mansfield .... music arranger
David Mansfield .... musician: slide guitar, mandolin
Michael Nesmith .... music arranger
Michael Nesmith .... musician: guitar
Richie Zito .... music arranger
Richie Zito .... musician: guitar
Transportation Department
Lee Archer .... transportation assistant
Charlie Cullin .... transportation captain
Thomas Leyba Jr. .... transportation captain
Other crew
Clay Ambrose .... wrangler
Julie Anne Battersby .... production assistant
Birgitta Bjerke .... production assistant
Richard Breeding .... stand-in
Garry A. Brown .... set production assistant (as Garry Brown)
Jack Caffrey .... production assistant
Alessandro Cassin .... craft service
David De Carlo .... production assistant (as David DeCarlo)
Heather Dear .... stand-in
Rusty Dillen .... wrangler
Miles Earney .... stand-in
Sharon Espeset .... medical technician
Florence Gommy Frank .... stand-in
John Gill .... wrangler
Abbee Goldstein .... assistant to producer: Los Angeles (as Abby Goldstein)
Esther Greif .... production accountant
Elizabeth C. Grudzinski-Seal .... production coordinator (as Liz'Beth Gower)
Robert Jellen .... insurance provider (as Bob Jellen)
Robert Jellen .... insurance provider: Albert G. Ruben & Company (as Bob Jellen)
Karen Koch .... assistant to producer: Santa Fe
Carlos McEvilly .... technical rock climber
Nancy Mosher Hall .... assistant: Mr. Nesmith (as Nancy Mosher)
Michael Nesmith .... presenter
Peggy Schinhofen .... production secretary: Santa Fe
Jenny Townsend .... script supervisor
Joe Wilson .... motorcycle operator
Lisa Wilson .... wrangler
Harry Wowchuk .... motorcycle operator
Larry Hamm .... special thanks: The New Mexico Film Commission
Raymond Moggio .... special thanks (as Ray Moggio)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Timerider" - USA (short title)
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94 min | Spain:80 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (TV rating) | Germany:16 (video rating) | Iceland:12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | UK:15 | USA:PG (No. 26726)

Did You Know?

Miguel Sandoval's movie debut.See more »
Continuity: When the bike is falling down the hill at the end of the movie, one can see it loses two times the front wheel.See more »
Porter Reese:You shot it. What a bunch of dumb sons of bitches, you *shot* it! A *machine* - you butt-heads!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Daymaker (2007)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Some "Adventure"...., 8 October 1999
Author: Mister-6 from United States

Some good ideas just get lost in the time/space continuum.

Look at "Timerider". Great idea (moto-cross racer Ward inadvertently rides through a time travel experiment that lands him back in the Old West, circa 1870), but once Ward comes upon an Old West town, that's where things kind of slow down to a crawl.

At least the cowboys are smart enough to realize something's wrong. A gang of cowboys shoot at a revving motorcycle, they think Ward in all his moto-cross gear is some kind of demon and no one knows what an Exxon station is. You'd think Ward would get the message, but no. He even gets to know a woman (Bauer) whom he doesn't understand his connected with until the very last scene.

Thank goodness for pros like Coyote, Masur, Lauter and Walter; they help keep things lively and interesting for a while. Even good old L.Q. Jones shows up as a Texas Ranger to add some spice to the proceedings.

I won't say too much more about the movie. Indeed, there are some scenes here that are best left experienced by the individual. But for the most part, being a veteran of the "Back to the Future" series, I was left wanting.

Who knows, Hollywood says they're running out of ideas for sequels....

Two stars. Nice try, but this "Timerider" stays lost in time.

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