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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It's yet to have a full uncut version released on DVD or even Blu-Ray. Every release has something cut or missing. See more »

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

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[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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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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Some "Adventure"....
8 October 1999 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

Some good ideas just get lost in the time/space continuum.

Look at "Timerider". Great idea (moto-cross racer Ward inadvertently rides through a time travel experiment that lands him back in the Old West, circa 1870), but once Ward comes upon an Old West town, that's where things kind of slow down to a crawl.

At least the cowboys are smart enough to realize something's wrong. A gang of cowboys shoot at a revving motorcycle, they think Ward in all his moto-cross gear is some kind of demon and no one knows what an Exxon station is. You'd think Ward would get the message, but no. He even gets to know a woman (Bauer) whom he doesn't understand his connected with until the very last scene.

Thank goodness for pros like Coyote, Masur, Lauter and Walter; they help keep things lively and interesting for a while. Even good old L.Q. Jones shows up as a Texas Ranger to add some spice to the proceedings.

I won't say too much more about the movie. Indeed, there are some scenes here that are best left experienced by the individual. But for the most part, being a veteran of the "Back to the Future" series, I was left wanting.

Who knows, Hollywood says they're running out of ideas for sequels....

Two stars. Nice try, but this "Timerider" stays lost in time.


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