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Westworld (1973)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Westworld

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (5)

A sharp, far-reaching sci-fi that will be remembered for Brynner's monotone maniac and a classic premise; Westworld is a thrilling What If?

March 13, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Combines solid entertainment, chilling topicality, and superbly intelligent serio-comic story values.

June 5, 2007 | Full Review…

Priceless sci-fi schlock.

June 5, 2007 | Full Review…

Great stuff.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Michael Crichton] makes a creditable debut as a film director.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

...a missed opportunity that generally feels as though it should be much, much better.

July 27, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Westworld


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Writer/director Michael Crichton imagines a future where technology is good enough so that robots resembling humans are indistinguishable from the real McCoy. In Blade Runner such automatons are put to work, doing the most dangerous jobs. Crichton says, nope, we'll invent a Disneyland where we'll pay to kill 'em or sex 'em and I'm inclined to agree with him. So what happens if there's ever some sort of technical glitch? Kind've a thin premise, but the actors sell it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Great premise, but the result did not age well at all.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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