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Futureworld (1976)

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Upon uncovering the dirty secret of futuristic theme-park Futureworld, an ex-employee is killed after he tips off two other reporters who decide to do an undercover investigation.

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Richard T. Heffron
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Chuck Browning
Blythe Danner ... Tracy Ballard
Arthur Hill ... Duffy
Yul Brynner ... The Gunslinger
John P. Ryan ... Dr. Schneider (as John Ryan)
Stuart Margolin ... Harry
Allen Ludden ... Game Show Host
Robert Cornthwaite ... Mr. Reed
Angela Greene ... Mrs. Reed
Darrell Larson ... Eric
Nancy Bell Nancy Bell ... Erica
Burt Conroy Burt Conroy ... Mr. Karnovski
Dorothy Konrad Dorothy Konrad ... Mrs. Karnovski
John Fujioka ... Mr. Takaguchi
Dana Lee ... Mr. Takaguchi's Aide
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Storyline

Two reporters, Tracy and Chuck, get a message from a third one who discovered something about "Futureworld" and was killed before he could tell anyone about it. They visit Futureworld to find out what he knew. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Futureworld See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tram to Futureworld is the tunnel train at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), then Houston Intercontinental Airport, in Houston, TX. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Mr. Duffy recounts the sequence of events of the Westworld incident. His presentation does not match the events of the previous film. Specifically, the Gunslinger was not the first robot to kill a guest. See more »

Quotes

Tracy Ballard: I don't trust you.
Chuck Browning: But ya like a little bit don't cha? Anyway we're going to be alone together for a week, so what the hell.
Tracy Ballard: I don't like being called socks.
Chuck Browning: I can't help that. The first time we... well, the first time we were together you had those outrageous red socks on. It took me a week to get over that.
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Alternate Versions

For its initial television broadcast, an alternate version of the scene towards the end where Chuck Browning extends his middle finger to Dr. Schneider was shot. Instead of extending his middle finger, Browning performs a sanitized "Italian elbow gesture", where the right hand is placed in the elbow crook of the left arm, then the left arm is raised (fist clenched) in a smooth and continuous motion. See more »

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It can't happen again... could it?
6 March 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Coming a couple years after its predecessor "Westworld", the rebooted sequel "Futureworld" is a grade up with a better budget and larger scale production that's just as inventive, if not as clunky as the original. Still I prefer the first a film a little more, as it seemed a bit more enjoyable in its escapism and idea but this one remains a diverting fantasy. The difference here is that the concept is virtually the same, but the angle focuses basically on the things going on behind the scenes at the Delos Corporation, than that of the experiences of their themed vacations. Newspaper reporter Chuck Browning and TV presenter Tracy Ballard, along with some other important guests are invited by the Delos' corporation to attend their re-opening of their theme parks, which is larger and better run to hopefully rid the air of the disaster that occurred years ago at Westworld. However Chuck questions what's really going on and decides to nose around digging up anything that doesn't seem quite right.

Quite a solid, if mechanical follow up, which has a committed cast (Peter Fonda, Blyth Danner, Arthur Hill, Stuart Margolin and a glassy John Ryan in a villain role) and very well executed special effects and implemented set-designs. The story isn't as gimmicky and less than casual, by intertwining between mystery, sci-fi and thriller elements with a strong satirical, if paranoid vibe building upon its suspenseful groundwork. Surprisingly it holds a dark edge, as there's more lurking underneath, but the script can take time out for some agreeable wit. Too bad I think that the ending is quite unfulfilled. When you see Yul Brynner's name tagged to the project, you might just be disappointed… as the gunslinger appears in one sequence involving quite an odd dream inclusion which in the end is rather pointless, but a neat credit for the original film. Richard T. Heffron's direction is tidy with his cruise-like pacing and interesting visuals to match. While Fred Karlin's grandiose music score simply soars.


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