Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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A maverick motorbike racer wanders into a top-secret time-travel research test site which unintentionally teleports him to the mid-1800s and ends up having to fight violent outlaws for his survival.

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  • Belinda Bauer and Fred Ward in Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)
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  • Belinda Bauer and Fred Ward in Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)
  • Belinda Bauer and Fred Ward in Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)
  • Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)
  • Belinda Bauer in Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

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8 October 2007 | MartianOctocretr5
| Sets time travel back by a century
Well, it was a good idea. They just didn't do a lot with it. A guy on a motorcycle in the desert gets accidentally catapulted back in time by an experiment, and is himself unaware that this has happened.

I liked the people of the 19th Century town, and the chemistry between Lyle Swan (Fred Ward) and the local beauty there (Belinda Bauer) is a plus. Ward's acting is alright, playing the confused dummy lost in the past. However he is undermined by feeble scripting: neither his nor any other character grows or learns anything. The same jokes about futuristic marvels that he shows the astonished people get thin pretty fast, and some of the same dialog, like "Where's my bike?!?" even repeats.

There's only one common thread running through the story that has any meaning as far as the impact of time travel adventure goes, and if you blink, even that will zip by. A weak story that's just not written very well.

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Did You Know?


The first scene of Swann in the Old West shows him riding as a brilliant sun oranges up the sky. Symbolically this welcomes the audience back to 1877(19th century) just like the orange or yellowish tint found in Old West and Victorian photos, daguerreotypes and still portraiture.


Company Spokesperson: Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of International Computel Corporation to Project Timerider. Project Timerider is the 16th in our series of experiments in time travel, and today will be our first ...
Company Spokesperson: A ...
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When Lyle Swann jumps into the helicopter, the motorcycle (which had previously been destroyed) is visible on the right-hand side of the screen (possibly widescreen only). When the helicopter leaves, the bike is missing.

Crazy Credits

At the end of the cast credits, the monkey Esther G. is shown played by "Gibbeaun Monkette." (Monkees reference to writer/scorer Michael Nesmith?)

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical release, Porter Reese was so distracted by the destruction of the motorcycle that he did not notice the approach of the helicopter's tail rotor until it was too late -- there was a scream, a splattering sound, and a shot of empty gore-drenched boots. For the DVD release, the shot was replaced with pickup shot of Reese crawling on the ground; the audio, however, was not changed. The original sequence is preserved in the laserdisc release.


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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Western

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