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Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

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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.

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William Dear
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1983 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Timerider See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Swann goes back in time to 1877 he tangles with outlaws Porter Reese and the Dorsett Brothers. Though not stated in the film, Reese and the Dorsetts were probably Confederate Civil War Veterans. Reese makes the statement about Swann's motorcycle ".. if General Lee had that machine, we'd of won the war." Reese makes another statement denoting a soldier's background when he gets to San Marcos and at gunpoint says to the village priest, Quinn, ".. that I can't have my men being shot." See more »

Goofs

After Reese shoots him dead, Jack is breathing noticeably as Claude and Carl frisk him for valuable possessions. See more »

Quotes

[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 ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the cast credits, the monkey Esther G. is shown played by "Gibbeaun Monkette." (Monkees reference to writer/scorer Michael Nesmith?) 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 DVD release, the shot was replaced with pickup shot of Reese crawling on the ground; the audio, however, was not changed. The original sequence is preserved in the laserdisc release. See more »

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Sets time travel back by a century
8 October 2007 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Well, it was a good idea. They just didn't do a lot with it. A guy on a motorcycle in the desert gets accidentally catapulted back in time by an experiment, and is himself unaware that this has happened.

I liked the people of the 19th Century town, and the chemistry between Lyle Swan (Fred Ward) and the local beauty there (Belinda Bauer) is a plus. Ward's acting is alright, playing the confused dummy lost in the past. However he is undermined by feeble scripting: neither his nor any other character grows or learns anything. The same jokes about futuristic marvels that he shows the astonished people get thin pretty fast, and some of the same dialog, like "Where's my bike?!?" even repeats.

There's only one common thread running through the story that has any meaning as far as the impact of time travel adventure goes, and if you blink, even that will zip by. A weak story that's just not written very well.


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