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Yul Brynner gives a memorable performance as a robotic cowboy in this amusing sci-fi/western hybrid.



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Welcome to Westworld, where nothing can go wrong...go wrong...go wrong....Writer/director Michael Crichton has concocted a futuristic "Disneyland for adults", a remote resort island where, for a hefty fee, one can indulge in one's wildest fantasies. Businessmen James Brolin and Richard Benjamin are just crazy about the old west, thus they head to the section of Westworld populated by robot desperadoes, robot lawmen, robot dance-hall gals, and the like. Benjamin's first inkling that something is amiss occurs when, during a mock showdown with robot gunslinger Yul Brynner, Brolin is shot and killed for real. It seems that the "nerve center" of Westworld has developed several serious technical glitches: the human staff is dead, and the robots are running amok. Suddenly promoted to the film's hero, Benjamin (who seems as surprised and shocked as the audience) must first avoid, then face down the relentless Brynner. Much of Westworld was lensed on the expansive grounds of the old Harold Lloyd estate in Beverly Hills, so it's no surprise that there's something Lloydlike about Dick Benjamin's instinct for self-preservation.


Richard Benjamin
as Peter Martin
James Brolin
as John Blane
Yul Brynner
as Robot Gunslinger
Linda Scott
as Arlette
Alan Oppenheimer
as Chief Supervisor
Norman Bartold
as Medieval Queen
Steve Franken
as Technician
Michael T. Mikler
as Black Knight
Terry Wilson
as Sheriff
Majel Barrett
as Miss Carrie
Anne Randall
as Servant Girl
Julie Marcus
as Girl In Dungeon
Sharyn Wynters
as Apache Girl
Ann Bellamy
as Middle-aged Woman
Chris Holter
as Stewardess
Christine Holter
as Stewardess
Charles Seel
as Bellhop
Wade Crosby
as Bartender
Nora Marlowe
as Hostess
Ben Young
as Workman
Tom Falk
as Workman
Orville Sherman
as Supervisor
Lindsay Workman
as Supervisor
Lauren Gilbert
as Supervisor
Davis Roberts
as Supervisor
Howard Platt
as Supervisor
Jared Martin
as Technician
Richard Roat
as Technician
Kenny Washington
as Technician
Robert Patten
as Technician
Kip King
as Technician
Robert Hogan
as TV Announcer
David Man
as Technician
Larry Delaney
as Technician
Lin Henson
as Ticket Girl
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Audience Reviews for Westworld

  • Apr 01, 2017
    Campy as this movie is, you can really see the genius of the premise, written and directed by Michael Crichton. Well ahead of its time in 1973, when computers were far from ubiquitous, it shows the inevitable progression of robot technology, and 'computers designing computers'. There are also some fantastic shot sequences in the second half of the movie, particularly as rogue robot (Yul Brunner) hunts down one of the guests (Richard Benjamin) at Westworld. This also prefetches the 'Terminator' series. Unfortunately, I can only recommend it with reservations, because the first half of the movie is too silly, alternating between cliché scenes in a saloon and lame attempts at humor. Dick Van Patten's character is just ridiculous. The sex scene between Benjamin and the robot prostitute is too, with a corny preamble and then some laugh out loud rolling back and forth. There's just not enough darkness and grit in the first half, and I don't necessarily mean not enough hardcore violence, I mean it's just too light. Part of the problem is in casting Benjamin, and another part is in direction and editing towards a PG rating. The film does redeem itself when the robots snap. Yul Brunner turns in a great performance and the look in his eyes is memorable. There is real tension, and I loved how the film also combined at least parts of 'Medieval World' and 'Rome World' into the story, though it could have done more. You have to cut it some slack for having been made in 1973, and appreciate it for the outstanding premise, the potential of which Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy recognized before creating HBO's series.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2016
    Seeing as I am enjoying the TV series I decided to check this out. Clearly this serves as a rough draft and inspiration for Jurassic Park. Easily to see why this inspired the likes of The Terminator as well.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2016
    It takes too long for things to start to finally happen in this dull precursor of Jurassic Park (although everything is quite predictable right from the beginning), with also a glaring problem of focus and terrible pacing and editing, but Yul Brynner looks cool as a killing robot-cowboy.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2016
    In order to get the feel and tone of the upcoming Westworld TV series, I decided to take a look back at the 1973 film which inspired the series, directed and written by the great Michael Crichton. In many ways, Westworld is the precursor to Crichton's more famous work, Jurassic Park. 3 theme parks are open to vacationers who want to escape the real world and visit places that resemble the old west, medieval Europe, and ancient Rome. It's a fascinating idea that make this world feel a whole lot like our modern society's love of video games and virtual reality. So that makes it the perfect time for a new adaptation on television. Much like Jurassic Park, Westworld showcases both the pleasurable and horrific sides to such a futuristic idea. Of course it's ridiculous that people are sucked into theme parks like this, but is it really that unrealistic? I tend to think this is closer to the truth than it isn't. It's a relatively small cast comprised of Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, and Yul Brynner as an android gunslinger. The performances are fine, but the character development could have definitely been better. At a mere 89 minutes long, there isn't a lot of time spent on setting up the main character's backstories or even a ton of time on the world's themselves. That can certainly add to the mysticism and the unpredictability of the third act, but character development could have also improved the gravitas of that very third act. With that said, it's definitely an inventive film that has inspired several other sci-fi films since like Predator, Terminator, and obviously Jurassic Park. At the very least, it's a fun venture into 1970's sci-fi, and we all know that was a great decade for sci-fi. 7.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer

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