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For $1000 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. Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park Twister) wrote and made his directing debut with this futuristic thriller that heralded moviemaking's future as the first feature to use digitized images. Richard Benjamin and James Brolin portray pals confronted by a simulated reality turned real. And Yul Brynner is their stalking spur-jangling nemesis. It's man versus machine - in a tomorrow that isn't big enough for the both of them.Running Time: 92 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA UPC: 012569506725

Welcome to Delos, the high-tech Disneyland for adults that Michael Crichton created for Westworld, a nifty science fiction thriller from 1973 that also marked the popular novelist's feature-film directorial debut. The movie is so named because the vacationing buddies who travel to Delos (James Brolin, Richard Benjamin) choose Westworld as their destination (the other choices being Roman World and Medieval World), where they are free to indulge their movie-inspired fantasies of the Wild West. From brothel beauties to black-hatted gunslingers (like the villain played by Yul Brynner), the place is populated by perfectly humanlike robots programmed and monitored to cater to every guest's fancy. But fun turns into abject horror when the robots--particularly Brynner's badman--begin to malfunction and Delos turns into an amusement park that's anything but amusing. Westworld has moments of camp and the look of a low-budget backlot production, but two decades before Crichton revamped his idea to create Jurassic Park, this movie made the most of its interesting and exciting premise. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • Root for the robots to take out the guests at "Westworld"
    "Westworld" was Michael Crichton's first theatrical film as a director and it sounds a theme that is found in many of his novels and films, to wit, the mistake of humanity relying on machines rather on themselves (e.g., "The Andromeda Strain," "The Terminal Man," "Jurassic Park"). However, the film starts off at the other end of the spectrum as two best buds, Peter Martin (Richard Benjamin) and John Blaine James Brolin), head for Delos, an "amusement" part where all of the people and animals are robots. The amusements are strictly oriented towards the male of the species, who get to choose between Roman World, Medieval World, and Westworld. Peter and John pick the last one, obviously, and spend their days out-drawing the local robot gunslinger (Yul Brynner) and "seducing" the gals at the saloon. Clearly this is just the concept of home appliances taken to a new level, all in the name of harmless recreation. Then, of course, something goes terribly wrong.

    You really do not want to get more into the technological explanation for why the robots turn on their human masters, because one of the commonplaces of these sort of stories is that those who tamper with nature or create some other afforntery to human dignitiy through technology are always smart enough to do something like create robots (or clone dinosaurs) but still stupid enough not to build in simple safeguards (ask me how to build a safe Jurassic Park someday). The motivation for our willing suspension of disbelief for this logic of this film comes not from our understanding of robotics, but rather from the glint in Yul Brynner's eye when the rules for the game are suddenly changed in his favor.

    "Westworld" is not really a horror film because our sympathies are never really with Peter and John, who have shown disdain for the robots in their conquests both on the streets and in the bedrooms of Westworld. Early on there is some nothing of what fun it would be like to be a "real" cowboy, Roman or knight, but these two clowns are making a lot less of an attempt to be a real cowboy than the guys in "City Slickers." By the time Yul Brynner has become faster on the draw, the tawdry male fantasies of the two male visitors have made them less than human in other eyes. Not that Westworld is the real West, which Crichton makes clear by having Yul Brynner dressed just like his character in the classic Hollywood Western "The Magnificent Seven," but Peter and John clearly have no respect for anything beyond their bloated self-concepts.

    Crichton's direction is certainly competent, and the chase sequence creates some nice suspense (especailly since we are not really rooting for the humans by this point). Brynner's performance is mesmerizing, especially once he gets that gleam in his eyes and goes after the boys (think of him as the "Terminator" of his generation). Three years after "Westworld" a tacky sequel, "Futureworld" was produced, retreading the original in a different setting. "Westworld" was one of the biggest science fiction box office successes in the dark days before "Star Wars," which is even more impressing considering the film was made for a little more than $1 million....more info

  • Captivating.
    Great movie. It make you wonder about technology being too perfect and selfconscious. Overall: EXCELLENT....more info
  • man in black
    i was one of the first people in the world to see "WESTWORLD" when it came to the theatre (1973). didn't realize this til years later when i bought the dvd. the one with the 8 page booklet (not the cheaper priced dvd)
    in it they say it was released in 4 major cities one week prior to the films actual release. i was on vacation with family when i was a kid and was fortunate enough to get to see it. was a great movie to see in the theatre.
    we we're in Lakewood, OH at the "WESTGATE MALL". i remember the main character being chased by a gunslinger. for those of you who don't know the character Yul Brynner played in the movie was based on his "MAGNIFICENT SEVEN" portrayal (the man in black).
    even when he's shot, burned. he never breaks character and is still wearing his hat! this is a movie on Murphy's Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. from start to finish it is a great movie.
    if i'd complain at all is that we don't see more of "MEDIEVIL" or "ROMAN" world. the movie wasn't about those parts of the "AMUSEMENT PARK". pre-JARRRASIC PARK. we are focused with "WESTWORLD" an amusement park of the "OLD WEST". where you can be a sheriff. have a shoot-out, rob a bank, or have sex with the prostitues at the whore house.
    if you can think it the park will make it come true for you. thing is you better be ready to pay for the price of the admittion, WITH YOUR LIFE!!!
    enjoy
    CMH...more info
  • Yul like it
    and may want to brynner copy of its sequel too.

    Futureworld

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  • AI is great, unless...
    The premise behind Westworld is simple and even more relevant than it was back in 1973: what would happen if humans engineered human-like robots and something went wrong? Back then, it was simply a matter of speculation; now, just over a short thirty years later, humans have "advanced" scientifically more than anticipated, and the likelihood of such a scenario occuring is much greater. Something which I find quite unsettling. I was very interested to see how this movie would resolve itself, and to be quite honest, I think the outcome was a little too optimistic. Regardless, I really loved this movie. ...more info
  • Disneyland Does DeSade
    The ads for its initial release read, "Westworld: Where Nothing Can Possibly Go Worng..." And that sums the movie up, pretty well.

    Yuppies James Brolin and Richard Benjamin decide to shell out the mega-cost for a week's vacation at Delos, the world's most elaborate amusement park, indulging themselves in the total environment of the old west in Westworld - guests can also choose to live their fantasies in Romanworld or Mediaevalworld - where everyone they come across (who isn't a guest) is a robot. The robots are programmed to act like human beings, and are indistinguishable from them. Yul Brynner, the robot gunslinger, regularly gets shot-up by the guests at the bar, and is as regularly patched-up again in the robot repair shop - his guns, like the rest of the robots' armaments, are unable to fire at a living target, a safeguard built into the devices for the guests' guaranteed safety. Until the day, for whatever reason, Brynner's gunslinger robot beats the safety device, shoots Brolin dead, and goes on an unstoppable murderous rampage across the desert after Benjamin...

    This movie is mostly just mindless theme park entertainment itself, until the last twenty minutes - but the buildup has a lot of humor in it, and the final payoff is really intense. From the time Brynner guns down Brolin, you couldn't force yourself to run to the bathroom if you had to. The musical score is alternately as western as you could ever hope to hear, and frighteningly, relentlessly mechanistic. The film is gorgeously shot, well-acted and -directed.

    Ironically, screenwriter Michael Crichton proved to be pretty prophetic with his theme park idea, even becoming involved in them himself - and more or less continued the same "theme" with his later Jurassic Park series....more info

  • great sci-fi
    back in 1973, hi tech sci fi , was beginning to show up on the screen on a regular basis, although a few weak moments are in the film, this sci0-fi gem is a must for collectors.
    i would imagine, a up dated version would be great and a re make would generate a new fan base, perhaps, tom berringer
    as the cowboy-bad guy...a.k.a. yul brynners role......more info
  • Where nothing can possibly go wrong, ..go wrong.. go wrong
    I believe given the limits of special Fx at the time it was made, this was a good film with an intriguing premise. I doubt we will see any remake of it for the simple fact that we dont have any actor who could convincingly play the iconic gunslinger brought to life by Brynner.
    I had not seen the movie in years. I was mistaken in thinking that Delos was set up to be a vacation fantasy land set up for the super rich and powerful. We're told early on that the guests pay about $1,000 per day for their time in Westworld and the two main characters are obviously well off (One is recently divorced, the other's marital status unclear)
    The first reviewer gave a well beyond adequate explanation of the difficulties of animatronic robot technology. I wont steal his thunder here. I think if a remake were to be done I'd have many changes.
    Upon arrival at Delos-- but prior to changing clothes and getting into character/role playing mode-- guests would get to see a robot assembly and design area. Seeing technicians go from a steel framed skeleton with movable, programmable limbs and digits all the way to a semi-convincing character (cowboy, saloon hooker, medieval knight etc) would be neat. The guests would get the same type guided tour as the Attenborough character gave the guests at Jurassic Park, only at the end I'd have the guests discover that their tourguide narrator was in fact a robot as well. So far the only convincing robots actually in existence are in japan. (I saw the "girl" and she looked convincing at least from a distance)
    Instead of the one deranged cowboy gunman, I think I might have multiple character robots go nuts, but I'd have them ea confined to a particular zone where they would receive programming signals from miniature cell antennas or something similar. That the gunslinger could go all the way to the Roman World seemed a bit far-fetched; seems like you'd engineer him so that he'd only go so far until his tower reception quit.

    It might have also been better if robotic machines had been the repairers of the "killed" machines, that could have been the origin of the virus.
    I'm a little incredulous that synthetic beings could ever be designed and built with which a man might choose to have sex. I think I would rework the saloon girl hookers part of the film as well....more info
  • Interesting "tech."
    I'm spoiled by viewing Yul in "The King and I.," therefore he seemed out of character in this movie. The producers created a challenge to one's imagination, as the techinal areas are truly astounding! I would recommend it for those interested in "futuristic" accomplishments....more info
  • Excellent
    I loved this movie when I first saw it on TV. I love it today. It will keep you on the edge of your seat....more info
  • Westworld where nothing can go worng....
    Shot with a paltry budget of roughly a million dollars, Michael Crichton's Westworld echoes many of the themes that would appear in later, far more successful novels and films (Jurassic Park, Congo). Although shot on a slim budget, the film manages to overcome the thin production values by effective use of the MGM western sets and backlot.

    The film deals with a Crichton constant theme---technology outpacing humanity's ability to deal with the moral implications. Disaster usually results because of a lack of understanding or overconfidence on the part of the scientist. Our two heroes played by James Brolin and Richard Benjamin travel to Delos--a Disneyland for adults. The amusement park is stocked with robots that allow a guest to experience the old west, Rome at the height of its power and the middle ages. Brolin and Benjamin select Westworld. There they experience the old west by participating in saloon fights, fighting bank robbers and killing rival gunslingers. The main gunsligher is played by Yul Brynner is a marvelous take off of his main character from The Magnificent Seven.

    The machines begin to malfunction injuring guests and putting both Brolin and Benjamin in harm's way as The Gunslinger hunts them down because he lost one too many gunfights. Science is powerless to stop the machines as they run wild.

    The direction is solid and well paced. The writing sharp and witty. Crichton was the first writer/director to introduce the concept of a computer virus destroying the programming of computers and machines. Remember, this was in 1973 prior to the widespread use of computers. Despite the fact that Crichton had to cut a major sequence from the film (and didn't even get to script or direct the opening "commerical" as there was a writer's guild strike going on at the time), Westworld is both entertaining and a great cautionary tale. In many respects, the lack of budget has prevented the film from aging--there aren't any attempts to build any futuristic vehicles (beyond the hovercraft seen briefly at the beginning).

    The DVD is presented in both standard and widescreen. The transfer is crisp and sharp looking with few analog artifacts (i.e., dust, dirt and scratches). It's a pity that the presentation is so bare bones as this film could benefit from a running commentary from director Crichton or actors Brolin and Benjamin. The only extra is the original theatrical trailer. Westworld could have also benefited from a gallery of the promotional materials for the film and any existing outtakes. The colors are vibrant and the photography imaginative.

    Both Brolin and Benjamin give believable, strong performances. Brynner, though, is the gem here. His robot Gunslinger commands the screen whenever he's around. While the audience does root for the two main characters, it's the robotic anti-hero that proves the most compelling presence.

    So visit Westworld and stay for awhile. Just don't overstay your welcome or you might get a visit from a certain Gunslinger with a grudge.......more info

  • A Disneyland Nightmare!
    Michael Crichton had the vision in this story that would return for Jurassic Park 20 years later. This movie would lay the foundation for it. It still packs a wallop! The suspense still lingers after its over. An enjoyable ride in to the future....more info
  • STILL A GOOD MOVIE!
    It's thirty years since I saw this movie and yes it's dated visually but still a great story, and still scary too! Yul Bryner is excellent as the robot gunman. Good adventure ... my teenage sons thought it was really cool!...more info
  • Robots Rise!
    James Cameron was sued by Harlan Ellison for taking the Outer Limits episodes "Soldier" and "Demon with a Glass Hand" and tuning them into the Terminator series. Michael Crichton could've got a piece of that, as his story involves a murderously minded robot that relentlessly pursues our hero. Even the poster for the films have torn-faced robots menacing the viewer.

    Crichton first try at an amusment-center-gone-amok story, used again in Jurrasic Park, was this terrific tale of robot revenge. He not only wrote but directed the picture, and with solid filmic storytelling at that. If you enjoy the genre referred to as "steampunk" (mixing historical and SF elements) than this movie's for you.

    Interestingly this film was made during the height of the "revisionist" western film cycle of the early seventies, best exemplified by Philip Kaufman's "The Great Northfield Minnestota Raid." This was a period where the classic approach to the western was no longer in fashion. Ford, Hawks, Wayne, and even the Italians, were pretty much done with the genre. By the end of the seventies the cowboy was replaced by the space cowboy, such as Han Solo....more info
  • Where Nothing Can Go Wrong click Go Wrong click Go Wrong
    "West World" is a great movie. West World is one of three resorts, the others being Roman World and Medieval World.

    These three resorts are run by a company named DELOS. It costs guests $1,000 a day to stay at the resort area they choose.

    The resorts ar areas each built like replicas of the time period the resort is named for.

    The movie was made by MGM. Old sets on the MGM lot that were used in other movies were used in "West World."

    The resorts are populated by human looking and human acting robots programed and dressed to behave like someone from the particular time period the resort is named for. They even have robots who bleed when they are killed for example in a gun fight in West World. The way you can tell who is a robot is to look at heir hands. DELOS has not yet perfected the hands of the robots.

    The guests who stay at these resorts can play and act out their fantasies of being and living in the time period the resort area is built to ressemble and be like.

    Upon arrival, the guests are outfited by DELOS with clothes that are made to ressemble the time period of the resort they have chosen to go to.

    The robots are built and programmed to perform a certain function in having and helping the guests to act out their fantasies.

    They even have robots built and programmed to have sex.

    The stars Richard Benjamin as a lawyer who has gone through a divorce and his friend played by James Brolin who has been to West World before has talked Richard Benjamin into going to West World with him believing that it wil help his friend to get over the divorce or at least forget about it for a while.

    Ule Brynner plays this robot gunslinger who is supposed to antagonize guests and goad them into a gunfight which the robot is programmed to lose. He is not supposed to hurt any of the guests. None of the robots are supposed to hurt any of the guests.

    A number of the robot models have been designed and built by computers so that even the technicians working and operating the the resorts at the main control center do not know everything about the robots and their construction. They bring in the robots to repair them nd upgrade them with new parts, but they do not know everything about the robots.

    Things begin going wrong as a virus that stated out in Roman World then spread to Medieval World and then West World. They have been keeping things under control, but then realize that malfunctions are starting to happen to often.

    They decide to call off the other upcoming stays by guests. They decide not to interrupt the current one in progressf ffearing bad publicity. However, the malfunctions continue to increase and the technicians lose control of the robots and computers. The robots rebel and attack and kill the guests.

    The gunslinger robot kills James Brolin and then goes after Richard Benjamin. The gunslinger robot has jsut been upgraded with new telescopic and infrared sensors for his visual/eyes and enhanced audio to pickup the slightest sound. A fleeing technician tells Richard Benjamin that the modle robot pursuing him is and will always be one step ahead of him.

    I really liked this movie.

    There wass even a sequel made to this movie called "Future World" that stared peter Fonda as a newspaper reporter sent there with a fellow reporter who is a liberated woman who is a go getter. She keeps Peter Fonda at a distance.

    Future World was open to replace West World because West World was the one selected by the media to spotlight when the robots went out of control in all three worlds in the prior movie.

    Yule Brynner reprises his role as the gun slinger, but in a dream sequence. The company technicians show the two reporters this new process they have for putting people to sleep and inducing dreams into their minds while they sleep.

    They offer to give them a demonstration. The woman reporter volunteers. It turns out that the computer probes her mind and subconscious while she is asleep and finds that she has this actual inner longing to be dominated by a macho man. She dreams that she is kidnapped by these two men. Enter Yule Brynner as the gun slinger who kicks in the door pulling out both his six-shooters and gunning the two bad guys down.

    He unties the woman reporter and then takes her up in his arms and takes her off to a newarby bedroom in the house and throws her on the bed as he joins her with the dreams sequence ending.

    The two reporters then later find out that the company that runs the three worlds plan to have dignataries and political leaders come to there three worlds to visit and then replace them with robot copies of them which they will control and have do their bidding.

    The sequel "Future World" unfortunately is not available on DVD as of this time.

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  • "... Draw ... "; Yul Brynner, WESTWORD.
    Despite the fact that the production values in WESTWORLD tend to lean towards the low end of the spectrum (they look more like an original STAR TREK or SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN television episode instead of a motion picture) the movie is still a fun little sci-fi thriller flick. Brynner's depiction of the cybernetic cowboy - menacing, emotionless and cold - was superb and easily comprised THE BEST parts of the film hands down. I loved one of the final scenes of the cyborg where it stared into the camera with it's smoldering, hollow face - cool! WESTWORLD was Michael Crichton's directorial debut, and though the robotic-woman bed scene was unnecessary and tasteless, the picture, for the most part, was handled very well. If Yul Brynner were still around, I'd love to see an extended remake with Brynner reprising his role. Unfortunately that will never be possible....more info
  • Loved this one Guys
    For those who have not visited Delos, please remember when this movie was made. The special effects are long in the tooth from todays ultra modern effects labratory's quality.

    Delos is the entertainment resort of tommorrow. Perhaps ideas for Star Trek's Data character came from here. Robots inhabit 3 different "Worlds" of entertainment for tired and weary businessmen and women.

    Westworld is where Yul Brenner is, and this is the Wild West. Very cool ! You can shoot and drink and even fool around with pleasure robots and no one actually gets hurt. If you try to shoot at another guest your gun will not work.

    Medieval World is for those who want to be knights and kings, and looks fun with all its handmaidens.

    Roman World is the height of decadent behavior.

    Now with all this good fun, what could possibly go wrong ?

    Watch this movie and you will check all your friends hands for little circles to see if they are real or not !

    They made a sequal of this one for those who do not know called Futureworld, which features a more sinister plot of copying people in positions of power and replacing them with robots.

    Westworld is much more honest and just tryin to give the people clean good fun. Too bad no one told the robots !

    A fun movie to watch, remember its age though so your not disappointed by outdated special effects and those awful polyester clothing styles of the 70's.

    Elliot Gould very much in his normal role and character, if your a fan of his, he is the star of the movie who unravels what went wrong....more info

  • 3 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Westworld seems to think it's a cautionary tale against the dangers of technology or themeparks (or something) but it works a lot better if you view it as a straightforward action film pitting indefatigable robot Yul Brynner (in the role he was born to play!) against yuppie tourists in a fight to the death--doesn't that sound fun?...more info
  • A true classic
    Filmed by the late Michael Critchton and a stone-faced performance by Yul Brynner as the unstoppable gunslinger, WESTWORLD is, though somewhat dated, a real wild ride. James Brolin and Richard Benjamin go to an ultra-high tech amusement park for a vacation -- it consists of Roman World, Medeviel World and West World. Each is inhabited by robots who are dead ringers for human and to provide thrilling entertainment with no harm to the guests. Brolin and Benjamin go to Westworld to live out their fantasy in the old west and that's when things go nuts. No extras and not the best transfer but still a must for any scifi dvd collection....more info
  • A must-have SF-Horror film!!!
    A great movie all round. For any horror &/or SF fan, this is a must-have. This release is in the modern-style cardboard DVD-box, instead of a proper plastic one, but other than that I have no criticisms. I am very happy with my purchase....more info
  • Great Movie!
    This movie was as great the second time as when I saw it over 30 years ago. The acting is superb and Yul Brynner's character is cold and souless. If you want to have a good time while seeing a movie, this is the one to see....more info
  • Yul Brynner is great
    This is a good scifi movie. Ofcourse there is logic problems. But generally it is good. The screenplay is written by MichealChricton. The story is about an adult amusement park that consist of Westworld, Romanworld, and Midevialworld. The guests are serviced by robots. Everyone is safe until things start to breakdown, Much like Chritcton's Later Jurrasic Park. Yul Brynner is perfect as the determined maniacal gunslinger....more info
  • Disneyland it ain't...
    "Westworld" is Michael Crichton's first foray into the theme-park-as-hell genre which he followed up more successfully in "Jurassic Park", but it's a very good film on its own. Here we have James Brolin and Richard Benjamin, two bored yuppies, starting their holiday in Delos, billed as the ultimate theme park, "where nothing can go wrong". Yeah, right. Customers pay through their noses to spend a vacation in one of three areas of the park: Romanworld, Medievalworld, and Westworld, where they can live out their fantasies and it's fun for all. Brolin and Benjamin choose Westworld (what American boy has never played cowboy at some time in his childhood?) and for a few days they have the time of their lives shooting up bad guys, starting barfights, and drawing a bead on deadly rattlesnakes. But it's all harmless fun and games -- everything's computerized, the bad guys, the ladies of easy virtue, even the rattlesnakes; and there's a state-of-the-art computer lab to keep everything running smoothly. Nothing to worry about...

    ...until the computers develop a virus that sends them off into a learning curve that screws everything up. The first hint that something might be amiss happens over in Medievalworld, when a robot harlot decides she is tired of being a sex object and smacks a customer across the face when he tries to seduce her. Meanwhile, back in Westworld, the bad-guy-in-black robot challenges Brolin and Benjamin to a gunfight, but instead of being shot dead as he is every night, the bad guy decides to turn the tables. Oh boy, maybe it's time to cut this vacation short... but that's easier said than done when all of the robots have gone berserk and start whacking not only the customers, but their programmers as well. Murphy's Law has proved itself once again with a vengeance. Is there any way out of this mess? See for yourself.

    Brolin and Benjamin are fairly good in their respective roles, nothing to write home about; but what makes this movie special is Yul Brynner's terrific portrayal of the bad-guy-in-black; a soulless robot with the dead eyes of a killer. The special effects are interesting in that they show us how far special effects have come since this movie was made; this was strictly a low-budget film, but it's a lot of fun for all that. It's pure Crichtonian escapism....more info

  • Theme Park
    Crichton became really famous for his dinosaur park turned nightmare called Jurassic Park. This movie however was his first foray into a theme park gone bad. Westworld is a classic science fiction with Yul Brynner perfectly cast as the can't be killed robot. The terminator before the terminator. It is a wonderful idea for a park that let you live out your fantasies as a cowboy or a knight(over in Roman world). When a virus causes the harmless robots to turn on the guests and the park employees, you really find yourself involved with the chase. A really well told tale and very ablely directed. It shows a little date with the bad hair and clothing, but overall it holds up well....more info
  • A classic Sci-fi film that holds up well over thirty years later
    My new year's resolution was to see a bunch of movies I'd always intended to see but continually seemed to miss. Somewhat belatedly I'm fulfilling my resolution, which is why I finally saw WESTWORLD. Although it was somewhat dated, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The film concerns Delos, a resort of the future that allows guests to visit either of three theme parks where behavior that is frowned upon in the modern world can be engaged in without repercussion. Guests engage in orgiastic sex, feasting and heavy drinking, and the killing of opponents just for the sheer fun of it. One can choose between doing this in Roman World, Medieval World, or Westworld. The film focuses primarily on two visitors to Westworld, played by Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. This was one of the last Sci-fi films made before the onset of the personal computer, yet one of the first to actually utilize computers in the making of it. According to one book I recently read, the CGI representing the vision field of the The Gunslinger robot was the first use of computers to generate images in film history. So, in this way it could be considered cutting edge. On the other hand, when things start going wrong with a number of the robots, the head of technology on Delos describes the ailment as a "disease." Today we'd obviously describe this as a virus in their software.

    "Westworld" is clearly the stock Warner Brothers Western set that was used at approximately the same time by BLAZING SADDLES. This works well for the film for it gives the viewer an image that seems weirdly familiar (though understandably familiar, since it has been used in dozens of movies and hundreds of television episodes). So the visitors to the park get pretty much the Western experience prior media would have conditioned them to expect. Even the bad guys seem familiar. Yul Bryner, for instance, wears the exactly same outfit that he wore when he starred in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. The visitors quickly fall into the routine, James Brolin doing an obvious imitation of Clint Eastwood and Richard Benjamin quickly breaking out of the mold of somewhat nerdy lawyer. They visit the local brothel, kill the robot played by Yul Bryner a couple of times, get arrested and break out of jail and shoot the sheriff, and get drunk in the middle of a huge brawl. Then things go wrong on a major scale, with the robots going on a killing spree. The highpoint of the film is the long chase of Richard Benjamin by Yul Bryner.

    A remake of WESTWORLD is currently in development. I am normally opposed to remakes. For the most part remakes are pale imitations of the originals, even in the case of most Sci-fi films. The remakes of THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS were inferior to the original, while the original PLANET OF THE APES is vastly superior to the remake. But this is one instance where, if done correctly, a remake could improve upon the original. The film is well done, but it was made well before computers came to dominate cultural life. As a result, the computerized control room looks absurdly primitive. For instance, there are no keyboards, but only consoles with buttons and switches and knobs. The danger, of course, is going overboard with the special effects. The temptation all too often is to go overboard with CGI and spectacular effects; in such cases story is sacrificed for spectacle. My hope is that they will keep this under control and keep enhancements at a minimum.

    All in all, this was a very enjoyable and different Sci-fi film. It was directed and written by Michael Crichton and I couldn't help but think throughout it how similar the overall premise was to another Crichton creation: JURASSAIC PARK. Both deal with things going wrong at technologically advanced theme parks. Substitute dinosaurs for robots or vice versa and you have essentially the same movie. ...more info