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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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Boy, have we got a vacation for you... 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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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Crichton became inspired to write this film after a trip to Disneyland, where he saw the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and was impressed by the animatronic characters. Furthermore, the ride is mentioned in Jurassic Park (1993), when Malcolm says "When the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.", unlike what happens in this film. Jurassic Park (1993) was based on the novel by Westworld director Michael Crichton. See more »

Goofs

The gunslinger is able to track hoof prints using infrared, despite the fact that the horses in Westworld are robots and have no body heat. See more »

Quotes

[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 »


Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Performed by Richard Benjamin
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Jurassic Park Version 1.0
24 July 2004 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

Westworld was the blueprint for what was later Jurassic Park. Here, Michael Crichton first envisoned Disneyland, if the Hall of presidents ran amuck. It provided many of the inspirations for later sci-fi films, like Terminator. It was a great blend of action, horror, and comedy.

Richard Benjamin and James Brolin are the heroes of the film, but Yul Brynner is the star. He portrays a robot, based on his character from "The Magnificent Seven." Brynner is the relentless killing machine who fights until the end. With almost no dialogue, he conveys fear with little more than expression and body language.

The film explores old themes, the dark side of technology, but it was ahead of its time in depicting the dangers of computers and automated systems. The effects are dated, but the story holds up well. The sequel, Futureworld, tried to add political intrigue, with less success. Definitely one for the sci-fi fan or collector, or cult movie lover.


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