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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Calder
... Hoyt
... Young Man
... Simon Davenport
... Keefer
... Fran
... Tracy Calder
... Helen
Harry Davis ... Benny
Stephen Pearlman ... Lyons
G.F. Rowe ... Wayne Moore (as Gerald Rowe)
Wayne Tippit ... Christie
... Demerest
Charlie Tuna ... Rock Concert M.C.
Lonny Stevens ... Federal Agent #1
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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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When the band Sparks was asked what the biggest regret of their career, was they cite this film. See more »

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The last portion of the movie at Magic Mountain is depicted as taking place on July 4th but in fact it's easy to tell the filming was done during the winter months. The trees in the park are all dormant. See more »

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Tracy Calder: Daddy, Confucius say "with faith, man can move mountain."
Harry Calder: I thought Jesus said that.
Tracy Calder: Well, maybe he did. But according to that fortune cookie...
Fran: Which is yours, by the way...
Tracy Calder: ...Confucius said it too.
Harry Calder: Don't believe everything you read.
Tracy Calder: I think daddy's pissed off.
Harry Calder: Where does she learn language like that?
[Fran shrugs]
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Referenced in Backstory: The Poseidon Adventure (2000) See more »

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Big Boy
Written by Ron Mael
Performed by Sparks
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Just as thrilling as the real thing
19 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Granted, people are nervous about terrorist movies now but 'Rollercoaster' is still a lot of fun. It takes itself seriously and isn't overly clever or macho. Instead its smart, tense, and gets even tenser if you stop to think that someone really could do this if they tried. Hopefully they won't.

You'll recognize Helen Hunt playing the heroes daughter. She doesn't do much but look cute but she doesn't steal any scenes like she does now because she's, well, Helen Hunt! Also noticeable is George W. Bush impersonator Timothy Bottoms as the money mad bomber referred to as "Young Man". You can read into that how you like but it's a shame that such a good actor doesn't have a much larger profile.

Also, you should get ready for the first scene. Without being gory it will definitely make you jump with both the accident and Mr. Bottoms super creepy performance.


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