Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann
(PG, 1:33:23, Released 1983)
|Genres:||Western, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Cult Movies|
|Release Date:||Jan 1, 1983|
|DVD Release Date:||Apr 27, 2004|
|Starring:||Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, Ed Lauter, Richard Masur, Tracey Walter, L.Q. Jones, Chris Mulkey, Macon McCalman, Raleigh Gardenhire|
|Directed by:||William Dear|
|Synopsis:||Given the off-the-wall premise in this sci-fi western -- that a motorcyclist rides his bike through a time warp right into the Wild West, into the middle of a gang of outlaws, and cannot figure out what happened -- the glitches and gaps in the plot fit right in with the spirit of the adventure. When the outlaw Reese (Peter Coyote) catches sight of the macho bike, he decides that several hundred horsepower are better than his one and is out to rustle the vehicle any way he can. Unfortunately, the bike does not run on high-octane hay -- an issue that bites the dust when pistol-packing Clair (Belinda Bauer) appears on the scene. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi|
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August 19, 2014
How about that for a movie title then huh sounds like a children's weekday TV series on BBC1 or some cheesy children's adventure book. Looking at the movie poster really concrete's that theory, it looks like some hammy children's adventure book cover, like those old 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books, remember those? I half expected this to be an adaptation of a children's book but surprisingly it isn't...but the whole premise predates the 'Back the the Future' franchise which makes you think.
So basically a young Fred Ward plays the protagonist 'Lyle Swann', also known as the Timerider...kinda. During the Baja 1000 cross-country bike race he goes off course and ends up riding into a scientific experiment that has been set up to...errm send things back in time. Without knowing what's happened to himself Swann is now biking around the wild west of 1877 and naturally stumbles into all manner of problems with hilarious results. Well not really but you can guess the type of childish stuff that's gonna happen here right.
Without trying to sound too predictable myself, this movie could easily be a spin-off of sorts to the third 'Back to the Future' movie, watching this really made me wonder if Zemeckis took a bigass leaf out of its book. The start of the movie virtually shows us nothing more than the title character riding through the barren Mexican desert on his bike, literately that for around 20 minutes! oh and a touch of plot revolving around white coats and and their unprotected unguarded science experiment. Seriously they are conducting this major experiment in the desert yet there's no one there to safeguard it or keep people or roaming animals out the way.
Once in the wild west of Mexico Swann comes across all the things you'd predict he would such as bandits, outlaws, a lovely lady, priests and terrified locals. It is reasonably amusing how Ward's character doesn't know he's gone back in time, there are some nice moments based on that idea but most of what happens you can see coming a mile off like the locals thinking he's a demon from hell, Swann falling for the pretty female, the bad guys wanting his bike etc...I can't really complain about the cliched plot line because the film was made in 82 and back then this wasn't cliched or predictable, ditto the situations Swann gets into, nothing original or particularly exciting but back in the day it would have been different.
I did like the twist ending surrounding his great great grandmother and father, bit of a time paradox thinker which shows that had Swann never gone back in time he would have never existed. There are some loop holes though like the fact his dirt bike get left behind, it gets destroyed but its still back in time...so wouldn't that alter history somewhat? Then there's the usual old silliness of all the outlaws shooting at Swann on his bike yet failing to hit him every time. I also liked the bit of dialog from Peter Coyote (the grizzled baddie) saying had the south (Dixie) had the bike they would have won the civil war...not too sure how a dirt bike would have won them the war to be honest. Funny how the bad outlaws in this movie are from the south, because anyone from the south at that time was obviously bad.
Another thing I noticed towards the end of the movie which made me sit upright was the death of Coyote's villain (spoiler alert). In one sequence this baddie is suppose to get killed by a chopper tail rotor which is rescuing Swann. Now you see his final moment with a close up of his face, then it cuts away to screaming, but seconds later you see the character alive and well whilst you still hear his screaming in what appears to be a huge editing blunder. Either that or I'm simply mistaken which I really don't think I am because hey...its me.
Yep I'm sure there are some folk out there remember this and will be outraged at the fact I'm saying its a dull bland boring ride. Unfortunately its just that...its just really unexciting without much genuine action to keep your attention. Ward is stoic as ever and Coyote hams it up nicely with plenty of snarling alongside a western drawl, but watching some dude bounce around on his dirt bike like Evel Knievel whilst slack jawed yokels attempt to shoot him gets mighty lame mighty fast. The story only becomes really interesting right at the very end with the nice time paradox twist, up to that point its no way as cool as the movies poster makes it out to be.
January 16, 2011
A stupid sci-fi TV movie, it's got bad acting, special effects, story, and dialogue. I didn't care for it.
June 25, 2010
Spoiler: You know that old novelty song "I'm my own Grandpa"? That's the weird, kind of gross, circular twist to come out of this time travel movie. There are so many holes in the plot and it's not a very good representation of the old west. There is some beautiful desert and mesa scenery, which are seen from the many dirt bike rides Fred Ward takes. Filming a dirt bike roaring around the desert seems to be the filmmakers main motivation for making this movie. Nothing else.
November 2, 2011
Complete 80's cheese...I love it. For some reason the DVD is going for $50.
Did he sleep with his own Great-great grandmother?
July 22, 2008
Not too bad a classic sic fi epic. a little beit cheesy but worth watching if you have time and patience. back to The Future with Michael J Fox will always be my all time favorite time trip flick!
July 31, 2009
Cowboys and motorcycles. This little gem from 1982 is one of the most fun time travel movies ever made. The always dependable Fred Ward plays Lyle Swann, a motorcycle hotshot racing through the desert, competing in the Baja 1000. He unwittingly gets caught up in a secret time travel experiment, and is transported 100 years into the past. Not knowing that he's no longer in his own time, he stumbles upon a group of outlaws led by Peter Coyote, who sees his "machine" as his ticket to unlimited riches. What follows is a cat and mouse chase as Swann attempts to stay alive, the outlaws try to kill him and steal his bike, and scientists from Swann's time try to find him before the timeline is destroyed. It's lightweight as they come, but it moves like a high powered motorcycle, and has one of the great last minute rescues scenes in movie history. Ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith not only serves as producer, but also provides a blistering, guitar laced musical score.
Note: While thankfully available on DVD, for some reason the ending of the movie has been changed, removing a hysterical, and somewhat gruesome death scene. That's a pretty big ripoff, and demands a collector's edition be made.
December 5, 2011
Is it just me, or was the ending super creepy after finding out he slept with his great great grandmother?
January 20, 2010
Ok, so they wanted to mix sci-fi and western, that was a good idea, but the movie doesn't keep your interest; it looses steam as some people say. I was just totally bored with it after watching about 30 minutes of it on TV.
July 17, 2009
AWESOME B-movie starring Fred Ward with both a neat and kinda weird twist at the end. Seriously worth watching if time travel tickles your fancy.
September 14, 2008
I saw this in the theater. It's pretty bad but you cant help but to watch it if your a classic sci-fi junkie
June 3, 2007
Go Back In Time And Let Your Immagination Run Wild In The Desert Of Baja California. Fred Ward plays baja racer 'Lyle Swan', who inadvertently enters a restricted area and is shot back in time... Yes, it sounds cheesy (and it is), But let yourself go for once! You'll enjoy it ;)
April 20, 2007
This is a great science fiction film about time travel, a good film thatis very underrated. A great cast and great story. I remember seeing this movie for the first time on HBO. A classic film from 1982.