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The MovieHamlet | Westworld


Boy, have we got a vacation for you…

Some time in the future, two tourists (Richard Benjamin, James Brolin) go to Westworld, a theme park built like a city in the Old West where the gunslingers are played by lifelike robots. After a string of successes, writer Michael Crichton made his directing debut and it has plenty in common with Jurassic Park (1993); the robots are not supposed to malfunction, but of course they do. It is both amusing and a little eerie to watch the characters get in touch with childhood in a bloody way, leading up to an exciting finale where the robots get even after years of being shot by tourists. Casting Yul Brynner as the flip side of his Magnificent Seven character is brilliant.

The YouTube clip shows the trailer.

1973-U.S. 90 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Paul Lazarus III. Written and directed by Michael Crichton. Cast: Richard Benjamin (Peter Martin), Yul Brynner (The Gunslinger), James Brolin (John Blane), Norman Bartold, Alan Oppenheimer, Victoria Shaw.

Trivia: Followed by Futureworld (1976) and a TV series, Beyond Westworld (1980).

Three stars


Published by Stefan Hedmark 2009-04-03 09:27

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