Rent Westworld (1973)

3.6 of 5 from 170 ratings
1h 25min
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Synopsis:
For $1,000 a day, vacationers can indulge whims at the theme park called Westworld. They can bust up a bar or bust out of jail, drop in on a brothel or get the drop on a gunslinger. It's all safe: the park's lifelike androids are programmed never to harm the customers. But not all droids are getting with the program.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Paul Lazarus III
Writers:
Michael Crichton
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/09/2008
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/10/2014
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Castillian, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Trailer

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Reviews (3) of Westworld

Disaster at a futuristic theme park - Westworld review by RP

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25/01/2012

In 1993 the film 'Jurassic Park' told a tale of disaster at a futuristic theme park; it was based on a novel by Michael Crichton, who also wrote the screenplay. Michael Crichton must like the storyline, because 20 years earlier in 1973 he wrote and directed the film 'Westworld' about - guess what - disaster at a futuristic theme park. I remember seeing it at the cinema waaaaaaaay back then, and viewing it today some 40 years later it's still pretty entertaining. It tells the tale of two men who go on holiday in the Western-themed Westworld theme park, part of the virtual reality Delos holiday complex. Here they can have gunfights with impunity, because the local residents are all androids. But a computer error causes the androids to go rogue and the gunplay becomes a deadly reality. The star of the film is Yul Brynner who plays an implacable robot gunslinger. The film is spartan in its special effects, and perhaps because of this it has aged fairly well – it is clearly dated, but the story remains quite fresh even though it has been done to death in later films. I enjoyed it in 1973 and again in 2012 and rate it at 4/5 stars. Give it a try.

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The ancestor of the Terminator - Westworld review by Big Bob

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31/10/2017

You can see so many influences in this film that were borrowed in later productions. Yul Brynner is fabulous as the robot gunslinger. Some of the story is a little disjointed, and the effects are of their time, but this is top notch 1970s sci-fi. If you like films such as The Stepford Wives (original), Soylent Green, et al. then you will probably enjoy this too.

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Brilliant, influential, Classic 1970s fantasy fiction, in which Yul Brynner's star shines - Westworld review by PV

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11/10/2019

This is a classic movie from 1973 - pure 1970s. With the flares and polo-necked sweaters, the slo-mo filming, the Sam Pekinpah fake red blood and gore, the zooms to close up and the huge computers with reels of tape! Nothing ages so fast as a vision of the future. It is as 70s as movies like The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure - an utter classic of the time.

Yul Bynner is perfectly cast as a killer robot black-hatted gunslinger in is best role other than The King and I (stage and screen). Utterly fixed stare and a killer-mission walk and completely believable.

This Theme-Park-Gone-Wrong story was used by the writer and director here Michael Crichton for his novel Jurassic Park - and, interesting, the movie (not the book) also steals a 'stay still and he won't see you' scene.

The special effects may make some laugh BUT they are damn good actually and much preferable to the omnipresent CGI-fests of now which resembles computer games. This movie won the first ever Oscar for special effects, I believe, too.

I watched this as a kid in late 70s or early 80s, and remember clearly the snake scene and Yul Brynner's brilliant killer robot cowboy. That is the mark of a great iconic movie - it stays in the memory. I enjoyed it more than most movies released now, and this film is thankfully short - these days it'd be 2 and a half hours not 88 minutes - and they'd ruin it with token female and black characters, you just know it. Thankfully we have this to treasure and love.

The TV series Westworld is worth a watch and develops this idea with a more metaphysical and philosophical edge. However, for a succinct and entertaining ride, watch this.

5 stars. Classic, iconic, brilliant.

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