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