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  • Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

    I watched the film Rollercoaster the other night. It's a thriller from 1977. The film is about a guy who sets off bombs at amusement parks and the police that follow him.

    The film is really good, so I won't spoil too much of the plot. It's currently running on Encore and Movieplex. AMC also runs it occasionally.

    It's also on DVD.

    The film takes place in the following parks:
    Ocean View Amusement Park: Virginia
    Paramount's Kings Dominion: Virginia
    Six Flags Magic Mountain: California








    Next is Kings Dominion Park:









    This next one appears to be some kind of safari ride. Does anyone know if this is still at PKD?








    Note one of the Banana Splits in the background of the next shot:




    The film's climax is at Magic Mountain's Revolution coaster:

    The imdb says:A plaque commemorating where the scene "SPOILER EDITED" still stands at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

    Can anyone confirm this? Also, does anyone know about the Safari at PKD?
    Last edited by Guy Hutchinson; 04-11-2006, 09:24 AM.
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    Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

    It's an OK movie. It was filmed in Sensurround, so being at a movie house with the sub-woofers was really fun. the small screen dosn't do it justice, though I haven't seen it in someone's Sensurround home theater room. The Coasters are the best part.

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    • #3
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      I liked it back in the day just because of the amusement parks! I went to Kings Dominion back in 1979 and wanted to ride the Safari Monorail so bad but the line was too long Not sure if its still there but you can always check their website out.

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      • #4
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        Kings Dominion sure looks a LOT like the King's Island of 1979.... Fountains, German-like architecture, Eiffel Tower, that tunnel thing, Hanna-Barbera, Safari Monorail (I really miss that)...

        Were the two parks built with the same blueprints?

        BTW: If you need some comparison for the time, The Brady Bunch had a 2 part episode filmed at King's Island.
        -Tim

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        • #5
          Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

          Correction... Single episode

          Partridge Family and Banana Splits also filmed there about that time.
          -Tim

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          • #6
            Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

            Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum
            Kings Dominion sure looks a LOT like the King's Island of 1979.... Fountains, German-like architecture, Eiffel Tower, that tunnel thing, Hanna-Barbera, Safari Monorail (I really miss that)...

            Were the two parks built with the same blueprints?
            They were built by the same company, hence the similarities.

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            • #7
              Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

              I checked out Wikipedia, the Safari is gone. The Rebel Yell coaster is still there, however.
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                Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                Was it an hour-long episode?

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                  Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                  Originally posted by Sweetie
                  I checked out Wikipedia, the Safari is gone. The Rebel Yell coaster is still there, however.
                  King's Island lost their Safari Monorail when Paramount moved in. It was great... live animals roaming freely, nice, air-conditioned monorails... it was an extra fee, but worth it. Currently, Top Gun and Son of Beast sit on top of the area where it once was.
                  -Tim

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                  • #10
                    Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                    Originally posted by sediment
                    Was it an hour-long episode?
                    I don't remember at all... it's been a LONG time since I've seen the episode.
                    -Tim

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                    • #11
                      Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                      Here is the plaque at SFMM:


                      It doesn't say anything about the movie, just that it was featured in the movie.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                        Wow! Thanks for posting a picture of the sign!
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                        • #13
                          Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                          Originally posted by Sweetie
                          Wow! Thanks for posting a picture of the sign!
                          I think it's more amazing that he actually had it and/or knew where to find it! Is that from your personal collection, sir clink?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                            ^ I actually do have a picture of it ... but it's not my picture. I'm not at home or I would have posted it.

                            I got it from RCDB. If they didn't have it you would have had to wait until I got home from work.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Stills from the 1977 film Roller Coaster

                              Sounds like Paul Ruben wrote it :yuck:

                              It's a funny movie for the cheese factor and the fact that Helen Hunt and Steve Guttenberg are really young in it.
                              "Tonight I wash my hands of you
                              You set the bar I could not live up to
                              Tonight the light is breaking through
                              So thank you very little and send me postcards from hell"
                              Zebrahead

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