A maverick motorbike racer wanders into a top-secret time-travel research test site which unintentionally teleports him to the mid-1800s and ends up having to fight violent outlaws for his survival.


William Dear
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Lyle Swann
Belinda Bauer ... Claire Cygne
Peter Coyote ... Porter Reese
Richard Masur ... Claude Dorsett
Tracey Walter ... Carl Dorsett
Ed Lauter ... Padre
L.Q. Jones ... Sheriff Ben Potter
Chris Mulkey ... Daniels
Macon McCalman ... Dr. Sam
Jonathan Bahnks Jonathan Bahnks ... Jesse
Laurie O'Brien ... Terry
Susan Dear Susan Dear ... 2nd Technician
Bruce Gordon ... Earl
Ben Zeller ... Jack Peoples
William Dear ... 3rd Technician


Lyle, a motorcycle champion is traveling the Mexican desert, when he find himself in the action radius of a time machine. So he find himself one century back in the past between rapists, thiefs and murderers.... Written by Tognacci Sebastiano <seblog@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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Lyle Swann is a champion off-road racer. But to the people of 1877, he's something very, very different...


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Did You Know?


The film was screened in Los Angeles under the title "The Adventures of Lyle Swann". See more »


At the climax, as the helicopter flies over the plateau it casts a shadow over the motorcycle. Reese can be seen crouching down on the left side of the bike even though the previous shot shows him farther back down the hill. See more »


[first lines]
Company Spokesperson: Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of International Computel Corporation to Project Timerider. Project Timerider is the 16th in our series of experiments in time travel, and today will be our first experiment with a live animal.
[murmurs in the audience]
Company Spokesperson: A live female Rhesus monkey named Esther G.
[some chuckles heard in the audience]
Company Spokesperson: This experiment, once again under the direction of Dr. Samuel Stellar, hopes to send Esther G. back in time to...
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More than Props - Bob Ziembicki See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, Porter Reese was so distracted by the destruction of the motorcycle that he did not notice the approach of the helicopter's tail rotor until it was too late -- there was a scream, a splattering sound, and a shot of empty gore-drenched boots. For the Anchor Bay DVD release, the shot was replaced with a shot of motorcycle wreckage on the ground and a pickup shot of Reese cowering; the audio, however, was not changed. The original sequence is preserved in the laserdisc release as well as the more recent Shout! Factory Blu-ray. The Spanish DVD release preserves the boots scene but entirely omits the sequence where Swann scares the old man to death. See more »


Featured in 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) See more »

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Great action/Sci Fi flic!
12 November 1998 | by aztlan98See all my reviews

Fred Ward deserves more attention as an actor...he did a great and believable job in this movie! (I especially like that part where he's asked where he got that map...he say's "got it at an EXXON Station") Peter Coyote was awesome!. What a bad BAD guy he was! and Belinda....WOHOO!....now that's a hot woman!, she can Rape me at gun-point anytime she wants! (ehh...don't tell my wife I said that!)

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12 August 1983 (West Germany) See more »

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Timerider See more »

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