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.


CALIFORNIA SUITE
1978, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

An all-star cast - including Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Supporting Actress Oscar winner Maggie Smith - sparkles in this Neil Simon-penned comedy, which follows couples in varying stages of fidelity at the Beverly Hills Hotel through four vignettes. "The most agreeably realised Simon film in years." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times


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