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Rollercoaster (1977)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 June 1977 (USA)
A blackmailer threatens to sabotage roller coasters at various American amusement parks if he isn't paid a huge ransom.

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James Goldstone

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Sanford Sheldon (story), Richard Levinson (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Harry Calder
Richard Widmark ... Hoyt
Timothy Bottoms ... Young Man
Henry Fonda ... Simon Davenport
Harry Guardino ... Keefer
Susan Strasberg ... Fran
Helen Hunt ... Tracy Calder
Dorothy Tristan ... Helen
Harry Davis Harry Davis ... Benny
Stephen Pearlman ... Lyons
G.F. Rowe G.F. Rowe ... Wayne Moore (as Gerald Rowe)
Wayne Tippit ... Christie
Michael Bell ... Demerest
Charlie Tuna Charlie Tuna ... Rock Concert M.C.
Lonny Stevens Lonny Stevens ... Federal Agent #1
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Storyline

The plot is about a guile young terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs within the central attraction of amusement parks; roller coasters. The young man played by Timothy Bottoms gives a hard time to the cops after they give him UV marked money. He then wants revenge and places a bomb in a roller coaster at the most important amusement park event of the year. Written by Nebiros <nebiros@informador.com.mx>

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Watch out for the Man watching the Rollercoaster See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Achterbahn See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Sensurround | Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Guttenberg: the messenger who brings the plans for the Revolution Rollercoaster ride to Hoyt and Calder at at Six Flags Magic Mountain Amusement Park (uncredited). See more »

Goofs

The Young Man places the remote bomb on the first roller coaster underneath the main guide rail of the track, but allows the ride to run several times before detonating it. In reality, the up-stop wheels or side wheels of the next train to pass through the course would have knocked the bomb out of place or destroyed it. See more »

Quotes

Simon Davenport: [talking on phone] I want you to go out there and represent the department. Find out if there was negligence involved.
Harry Calder: You go!
Simon Davenport: It happens to be my wedding anniversary.
Harry Calder: So take your wife!
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Alternate Versions

This film was generally released uncut in cinemas and later in the 1980s on VHS. However, at the end of the 1980s/the beginning of the 1990s, a few seconds were removed from the ending of the film (bodies lying on the floor, a one second close-up of the young man's face, bloody and with his eyes open). This version was used worldwide for subsequent TV airings, VHS re-release and then DVDs. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) See more »

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Fill 'Er Up
Written by Ron Mael
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A very entertaining ride.
22 December 2007 | by wwc-johnbSee all my reviews

I read a review of this movie indicating that Seagal's acting "almost saved it." I would go farther and say that this movie is enjoyable primarily because of the acting. Segal's Harry Calder is very good and properly understated -- you get the impression of a nice guy with little ambition or tact. Widmark is also good as the know it all cop. However, Bottoms' blackmailer is even better! He plays the young man with the cold, calculating efficiency of the sociopath. Very understated, which is a sign of good acting. I'm reminded of a Jack Lemmon quote describing his early years in film when the director kept telling him "a little less." Bottoms give us the bare minimum, which is perfect for this character. The script is also good, taking what could be an action-only cliché and turning it into a suspenseful "how is he going to do it." Anyone who is looking for high drama or Hitchcock is going to be disappointed. But if you are looking to be entertained then it is a very enjoyable ride.


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