ROLLERCOASTER
1977, Universal, 119 min, USA, Dir: James Goldstone

If you’ve ever heard rails creak beneath you on an amusement park ride, you can appreciate the potential for disaster on a rollercoaster; throw a mad bomber into the mix and the excitement is non-stop! One of two features penned by prolific TV writer-producers Richard Levinson and William Link, ROLLERCOASTER stars George Segal as a chain-smoking ride inspector who goes up against psychopathic extortionist Timothy Bottoms. Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark lend support in this underrated suspense thriller, which includes the big-screen debuts of Helen Hunt and Steve Guttenberg, as well as a performance by cult rockers Sparks.


SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE
1972, Universal, 104 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

Director George Roy Hill and screenwriter Stephen Geller (TV’s "Mission: Impossible") adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s sardonic exploration of the timeless madness of human existence, from wartime atrocity to middle-class mediocrity to interplanetary euphoria. Middle-aged optometrist Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) simultaneously exists in the past as a young POW in a German prison camp and in the far future as an elderly resident in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore (where he is memorably pampered by Valerie Perrine as the libidinous starlet Montana Wildhack).


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