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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

Both Fred Ward and Peter Coyote appeared together the previous year, 1981, in a movie called "Southern Comfort". In that movie Ward's character was called "Reese", the same name of Coyote's character in "Timerider". See more »

Goofs

Reese figures out how to start the motorcycle and it gets away from him and crashes. He curses out his men for "shooting the machine" and then walks back to the bike. When he does, there is a modern 55 gallon oil drum that has been cut down and has a fire going in it sitting to the right of the crashed bike. 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

During the opening credits,a voiceover of a scientist at a press conference explains the timerider project and what they plan to do. 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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Featured in 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) See more »

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Disappointing for me
7 December 2002 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

I love time travel films, but there are two that disappoint me, this one and "Return to the Future". This one was absolutely corny and I think primarily designed for American Motor Cycle enthousiasts ( the film is not even known in Europe and hasn't appeared on VHS or DVD ). All time travel film is of course fantasy, but the story of this one is too corny. Throughout almost all the film the bike rider doesn't even realise he has crossed time and the villagers, apart from being fascinated by his machine, don't understand where he has come from. Both these ingredients being missing, one is more or less guaranteed that the film will be a failure. In fact if you look well much of the time you just see a motorbike zooming around all over the desert. So what's interesting about that. Nothing. There is little dialogue of any consequence between the protagonists and the anacchronism of the main character is not put to good use (as it is for example in Time After Time ). There are no comic situations arising from the time difference and hardly even a romance to titillate your taste buds. This is one of the few films where I bought the dvd without having seen the film and then regretted my purchase once I had seen the film ! In addition to that picture quality on the dvd is not up to much, and there are no other language tracks, subtitles or extras. So all in all a bit of a dead loss (like Joe Loss's Brother ) !!!


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