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Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann -- A modern motorcycle rider gets caught in a time warp experiment and is sent back to the wild west of 1877. Falling in love with a beautiful woman, getting chased by outlaws, and having an old-time shoot-out are only a few of his time-travel adventures.
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Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann -- A modern motorcycle rider gets caught in a time warp experiment and is sent back to the wild west of 1877. In HD.
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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 »
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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
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
Jerry Whittington .... location scout (uncredited)
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Andrew Stevens was also seriously considered for the role of Lyle Swann.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Porter Reese and his henchman enter the cellar to steal the bike, neither of them are lifting the door, but one of them has his hands on top of the door. It appears to be a heavy wooden cellar door so it would require some serious lifting. But the door is rising slowly and steadily on its own as though it were mechanically rising.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:
Featured in Making of 'Timerider' (2013) (V)See more »


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A wonderful adventure back to the Old West through time travel, 19 August 2014
Author: zpzjones from East Coast, U.S.A.

One of my favorite time travel movies. This is a film that's taut and well-made and probably a tad too adult for the Saturday morning kiddie type crowd. It really should appeal to the viewer who has his thinking cap on and can appreciate attention to historical detail. In late 1982 the hero, an off road motorbike racer, named Lyle Swann, unwittingly gets caught in the middle of a time-travel experiment and is transported to the Old West of 1877. In the strata of science-fiction and time travel, this is believable since he's alone in the middle of the desert and cannot ascertain that he's been transported through a time warp. As the film progresses Swann meets several people in 1877: outlaws, an attractive woman named Clare Cygne from Louisiana, a priest Quinn heading a small town and two US Marshalls. The outlaws led by Porter Reese appear to be Civil War veterans from the Confederate side when Reese makes a crack about 'General Lee would have won the war if he had Swann's motorcycle'. The filmmakers add a nice touch and nod to Mark Twain. When Clare pulls out a copy of Twain's "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", written in 1865, viewers paying attention to the scene will recall that Twain is the author of one of the most famous time travel stories "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" written in 1889 and which probably inspires this film. Clare asks Swann if he can read and if he's read any Mark Twain and Swann responds telling Clare he has and that "Tom Sawyer" is Twain's most famous book. Since the old-west part of this film takes place in 1877, it wouldn't have been unusual that Clare would not have heard of "Tom Sawyer" as it had only been published in 1876. Other nice touches of realism are the showcasing of a community of outlaws living in a outlaw camp. The viewer may ask what are those outlaws doing for food, for clothes, bathing, laundry altogether basic survival. When one outlaw is shot early in the film his cohorts pick his body of clothing & belongings before the vultures get to him. The priest and Clare work together bartering with Mexican locals, trinkets, guns, and food stuffs.

The film showcases several adult themes ie: profanity, gunshots, mild sex scene. It's amazing the film was released with a PG rating but remember this was 1982, two years before the Motion Picture ratings system was upgraded to include PG-13 and NC-17. The director keeps the film accurate to its 1877 time frame and shows elements in a western that are realistic such as the profanity and the renegade woman Clare who is a gunslinger, ?prostitute and adventuress. This film gets away with telling mature elements in Western that were not up to that time seen in conventional westerns especially going back to b/w films in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Had Timerider been made in the early 70s it might have been better received. If it had come out in the 40s or 50s as a film noir western it would certainly be a classic but with a compromise. There would not have been no cursing, no scrib gunshot wounds, the sex scene would not be explicit, though for 1982 the scene given is mild. More explicit sex scenes can be viewed in daytime soaps.

GRANDFATHER PARADOX An interesting aspect of this film is the application by some of the 'so-called' Grandfather Paradox. Hmmm! This supposedly applies when Clare and Lyle have sex and she questions him about the pendant around his neck. He tells her that his great great grandmother took it from his great great grandfather after an incredible night and the great great grandfather was never seen again. At the end of the film Swann is rescued by helicopter by the scientists responsible for transporting him to 1877. The head scientists tells Lyle that Clare cannot come back with them to 1982 by which time Clare snatches Lyle's pendant from his neck. When Clare takes the pendant this essentially repeats the story of Lyle's great great grandmother: END OF STORY!.....No mysterious paradox, Clare merely snatches the pendant. At this point many viewers who have seen the film think that Clare's actions reveal her to be Lyle's great great grandmother. I thought this too at one time but this is IMPOSSIBLE. Even if time-travel was real, Lyle Swann could not be his own great great grandfather or father his own great grandmother who would be the child Clare would conceive after the night of sex with Lyle. IMPOSSIBLE, even if time-travel were real a person could not literally go back in time and father his own ancestor. A person has to come from somewhere, he has to have a history. Swann could sleep with his great great grandmother, impregnate her and it would be a completely different individual. (Remember when the two of them were going over the Mark Twain books she tells Swann her real name, Clare Cygne, which if she was his great great grandmother, he should have known her name. Or it should have sounded familiar. A flag should have gone up in Swann's head as to her identity.)This puts an end to the Grandfather Paradox. ...The pendant, a seemingly valuable trinket as Lyle had been handed down to by his mother, is probably something from the 19th century and now it's returning to it's original time when Clare snatches it. If Clare is pregnant by Lyle she'll merely hand it down to her offspring and he/she will hand it down and so forth but there is no reason Lyle will ever see it again as it will be a totally different set of people and circumstances who will receive the pendant.

The film gets 3 1/2 stars out of 4.

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