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Westworld (1973)

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A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

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Michael Crichton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Gunslinger
Richard Benjamin ... Peter Martin
James Brolin ... John Blane
Norman Bartold ... Medieval Knight
Alan Oppenheimer ... Chief Supervisor
Victoria Shaw ... Medieval Queen
Dick Van Patten ... Banker
Linda Gaye Scott ... Arlette (as Linda Scott)
Steve Franken ... Technician
Michael T. Mikler ... Black Knight (as Michael Mikler)
Terry Wilson ... Sheriff
Majel Barrett ... Miss Carrie
Anne Randall ... Daphne
Julie Marcus Julie Marcus ... Girl in Dungeon
Sharyn Wynters ... Apache Girl
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Storyline

An amusement park for rich vacationers. The park provides its customers a way to live out their fantasies through the use of robots that provide anything they want. Two of the vacationers choose a wild west adventure. However, after a computer breakdown, they find that they are now being stalked by a rogue robot gun-slinger. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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...Where nothing can possibly go worng! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Westworld See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000, 31 December 1973
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4-Track Stereo

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Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the filming of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Arnold Schwarzenegger was to produce and star in a remake of Westworld for Warner Bros. After that, he was meant to star in a sequel to Conan the Barbarian (1982), pairing him with a younger swordsman. Both these plans never came to fruition after Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California in 2003. See more »

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While it looks as though Peter's heat outline should be seen by the gunslinger when he enters the lab, until the gunslinger is level with Peter, Peter's body is shielded from view by the horse robot on a nearby table. See more »

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[first lines]
Interviewer of Delos Guests: [hosting a commercial] Hi. Ed Renfrew for Delos again. If there's anyone who doesn't know what Delos is, well, as we've always said: Delos is the vacation of the future, today. At Delos, you get your choice of the vacation you want. There's Medieval World, Roman World and, of course, Westworld. Let's talk to some of the people who've been there.
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Alternate Versions

Early prints contain a scene in Medeval world where a guest is tortured on a rack. That scene was deleted from television and video. See more »

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Home on the Range
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Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Performed by Richard Benjamin
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Westworld (1973) ****
17 February 2005 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Before I begin my comments, let me admit right from the start that this is one of my very favorite movies of all time. I fell in love with it when I first saw it in the theatre at age 12 and I've never gotten over it. Even though I'm much older today, I maintain beyond personal nostalgic bias that WESTWORLD is a tight, brisk, intense, thrilling, totally satisfying 88 minutes of good fun.

Somewhere in the near future, an enterprise called Delos has developed the ultimate vacation resort. For the cost of a mere $1,000 a day, adult guests may choose to live their fantasies out in one of three different environments: Romanworld, Medievalworld, or Westworld. These resorts are each populated by very human-like robots who are programmed to serve every whim of the customer. State of the art computer technology ensures that everything's safe and that nothing can possibly go wrong.

Richard Benjamin and James Brolin are two cowboy-wannabe friends who choose the 1880's Westworld for their unusual getaway. They make love to robot saloon women, participate in wild bar room brawls, and frequently get bullied around by a tough humanoid gunslinger dressed all in black (Yul Brynner, spoofing his look from THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), who is automatically obliged to get riddled up with bullets, repaired by technicians overnight as the guests sleep, and then shot up all over again for the next day.

All is pure fun and games until something unidentifiable in the computer system begins to malfunction, and suddenly the world of Disney devolves into a place of horror. No longer taking orders to play dead, the robots are out to kill the guests, and the ominous gunslinger develops a frightening taste for the kill as he becomes an unstoppable walking menace, 10 years before Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator ever hit the screens.

Author Michael Crichton (THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN) wrote the screenplay and directed his first film with WESTWORLD, and it's an impressive debut in that he's able to keep the action moving along at a comfortable pace, using a small budget to its full advantage, and fashioning a real good-time movie experience that is at the same time both fun and foreboding. James Brolin and Richard Benjamin are completely likable in their parts, but it is Yul Brynner's multi-layered conception of the gunslinging robot who changes from willing court jester to deadly assassin that's the main draw.

Also a major asset is Fred Karlin's versatile music score. Changing from standard period western piano to a violins and whistles shindig, and finally to a weird techno-western mechanical hybrid when moods start to change for the worst, this is a very engaging soundtrack.

So why don't you make arrangements to take the Delos hovercraft to Medievalworld, Romanworld or Westworld? Contact them today or see your travel agent. Boy, have they got a vacation for you...!


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