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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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First film where real location sound effects were recorded in Sensurround. The July and August 1977 edition of Movie News Magazine (Australia) reported, "a separate Senssurround sound crew was on hand throughout location filming, recording on prototype equipment designed for extremely low and high frequencies to give the film a dramatically realistic multiple-perspective sound." 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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Young Man: If they pay me and if they do what I say, I'll never bother them again.
Harry Calder: Are you sure? Maybe you enjoy it.
Young Man: Wrong psychological profile, Harry. I'm not in this for kicks.
Harry Calder: Oh yeah, right, it's only the money. You're a businessman. And in a corrupt society, you're no worse than anybody else. We all cheat on our taxes, Detroit makes defective cars.
Young Man: I'm not enjoying this conversation, Harry.
Harry Calder: Then get yourself another messenger boy.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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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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