Westworld

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Released 1973

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Director:
Michael Crichton
Released:
1973
Rating:
PG

Westworld is a movie that combines a western with science fiction. This thriller stars Yul Brynner as an evil android simply known as the Gunslinger. James Brolin plays the good guy, John Blane. Richard Benjamin plays Blane's friend, Peter Martin. The movie was penned and directed by Michael Crichton, the writer for Jurassic Park and Rising Sun. Blane and Martin take a vacation at an adult theme park that is staffed by very realistic androids. The guests can do whatever they want. Blane and Martin start off in a medieval section of the park, but one of the several androids malfunction, eventually killing someone. They end up in the cowboy/western part of the park, where the Gunslinger tries to track them down and kill them. Blane and Martin try to escape, but the Gunslinger keeps following them. After many battles, Blane and Brynner have a showdown in the park's central control station.

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  • 100

    Variety

    Westworld is an excellent film, which combines solid entertainment, chilling topicality, and superbly intelligent serio-comic story values. Michael Crichton's original script is as...

  • 80

    Empire

    The sight of Brynner walking indestructibly toward the camera, all in black, his eyes cold and unerring like a couple of silver bullets, is as haunting as any screen bogeyman.

  • 70

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Crichton the director seems to have had more fun with the film than Crichton the writer, whose screenplay can offer us no better explanation for the sudden, bloody robot rebellion ...

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