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Westworld (1973)

Director:
Michael Crichton
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Science Fiction/Mystery
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Westworld
RUNNING TIME
88 minutes
Producer:
Paul N. Lazarus III
Screenwriter:
Michael Crichton


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
The Gunslinger Yul Brynner
Peter Martin Richard Benjamin
John Blane James Brolin
Chief Supervisor Alan Oppenheimer
Medieval Queen Victoria Shaw
Banker Dick Van Patten

 

Review

Richard Benjamin and James Brolin are young, fresh-faced pals en route to the holiday of the future: a resort designed like an old-fashioned western town complete with real westerners, townsfolk and gunmen played by high-tech robots with whom the vacationers can do as they please, just for the thrill of it. This is virtually the 1970s take on virtual reality, until reality catches up and the machines, as per default in mid-20th century sci-fi movies, take matters into their own hands. The predictability is abated by the tension director writer/director Michael Crichton is able to construe, not least thanks to radiant acting by Yul Brunner as the gunman. And the terror in fish-out-of-water Benjamin's face seems real, although probably as much from riding a horse as trying to outrun Brunner.

Copyright 25.10.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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