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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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You are in a race against time...and terror. You are pursuing a nameless, faceless man through America's greatest amusement parks...and, for the first time, you are experiencing the most sensational rides of our time, IN SENSURROUND See more »


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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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The roller coaster featured in the main climax of the movie is the Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. It opened in 1976, and was the first roller coaster to feature a complete 360-degree vertical loop. See more »

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During the Rebel Yell Rollercoaster scene, the red train changes position in between shots. See more »

Quotes

[speaking to each other over walkie-talkies]
Young Man: First, Harry, I think I should tell you about the bomb. Would you like to know where it is?
Harry Calder: Sure!
Young Man: You're holding it.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Meteor (2009) See more »

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Hello! Ma Baby
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Written by Joseph E. Howard and Ida Emerson
[Singing Mushrooms in amusement park]
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Perfect Blend Of Disaster Film & Suspense Thriller
24 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Roller-coaster was released in 1977 to capitalize on the disaster film craze of the 1970's. There's only one problem with this. This is a really good movie. Most of the disaster films of that era were full of cheesy acting and lousy writing ( excluding Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno). Roller-coaster boasts great acting, great plotting, and terrific suspense. The disaster scenes with the roller-coaster crashes are exciting. George Segal, Richard Widmark, and Timothy Bottoms deliver amazing performances. Segal plays the wisecracking reluctant hero with ease. Widmark channels all of the grit that made him a star back in the 1950's. Bottoms plays the psycho with a disturbing calm that will send chills down your spine. The only flaw with the film is quite surprising, Henry Fonda. That's right! I said Henry Fonda. Sacrilege, right? Fonda plays a minor supporting role, but manages to bring the film down to a lower level every time he is on screen. Every other actor in the film takes the script seriously and delivers a great performance. Fonda, however, seems to consider this an unimportant role in an unimportant film. He may have been right if other actors and another director had been involved. But Fonda was wrong. This is essential viewing.


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