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Title number 003 in our Black Label range.
101 Films presents an unforgettable trip filled with sense-shattering twists and hairpin turns in Rollercoaster, starring Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show), George Segal (Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Richard Widmark (Kiss of Death) and Henry Fonda (12 Angry Men).
Thrills abound in this high-speed suspense yarn as a determined terrorist (Bottoms) begins to turn America s amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as affable safety inspector Harry Calder (Segal) attempts to track down the saboteur who has targeted the country s most popular rollercoaster and its riders for senseless destruction. The edge-of the-seat excitement mounts as the battle of wits between Calder and the terrorist builds to an explosive climax.
Includes both the U.S. theatrical cut and the German "uncut" version.
Brand New Extras
- The 1970s: A Rollercoaster of Disasters: A new documentary on Rollercoaster and the era of disaster movies, with film historian Simon Fitzjohn
- Commentary with Allan Bryce and David Flint
- An interview with Associate Producer / Writer Tommy Cook
- Theatrical Trailer
A colorful film that possesses satisfying twists and turns to the story, dialogue that's above par for the course, and, most of all, George Segal gloriously keeping things on track with effortless aplomb --eFilmCritic.com
Compelling and exciting --Starburst Magazine
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I've got the UK DVD version of this film which has been cut & although does have extra footage those nice guys at the bbfc cut some scenes including the end sequence.
As I now own a multi-regional DVD player I thought I'd add this usa ntsc disc to my collection as a back up to my UK DVD .
It's a good movie that did reasonably well at the UK cinema back in 1977.
We are introduced from this point to Harry a police detective with a small subplot included of him trying to quit smoking. This does eventually get resolved at the end of the film but i'm not going to spoil it.
This film is also obviously 70's. People are actually talking to each other and no one is walking around with a mobile phone good lord, how did the teenagers visiting the amusement parks survive?! (sarcasm)
As well as Harry there are a few other characters like Harry's ex wife, his daughter, and an fbi agent. The daughter and ex wife don't really add very much to the film; they are just there to tell the audience that Harry has had a difficult relationship with his daughter. The fbi agent is the typical federal agent trying to prevent another tragedy from happening and even goes on to set up the young man. This agent is also at odds with Harry and doesn't like his way of thinking.
The young man as the film credits him is never fully revealed. His name and lifestory are never really explained and this is one of the aspects of this film that make it unique. The personality of the young man is also that of a nice well mannered individual, not a terrorist, not an angry brooding villain, but that of a normal person who is clearly out of his mind! To begin with he just wants money but it soon moves on to more of a personal mental battle with harry, this is where the film shines the most! The fact we never find out who he was fully doesn't make the film bad it just makes the ending part unresolved.
The music in the film is well produced it goes with the all the scenes in the film, and has a very dark fairgroundish sound to it.
The film is a 70's picture so expect grain in the film, this however does not bother me as I would sooner watch an old film in it's original glory!
Roller coaster isn't what i'd call an action film more of a suspenseful film with action moments included.
Overall I give this film a 7/10
It may also interest you to know that this film was one of the films to make use of sensurround which at the time was a new type of sound system for cinemas, it was first used in another 1970's film Earthquake.
I love this film although the cynical side of me cant help picking holes. 1. How the bomber is able to go around from theme park to theme park planting bombs on rollercoasters without getting spotted or checked out.. 2. How he was able to disguise himself as room service to get into a room and bug it then within a minute miraculously gets over to a hotel across the way and spy from the window of a hotel room. 3. Being able to give the authorities the runaround with the bomb and escape undetected. 4. Get shot and still be able to sprint around trying to escape before his demise.
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