Glancing Back at Futureworld
Last night I watched Futureworld (1976) with the lovely Blythe Danner. It was shot among the most modernistic (for 1976) architecture of Houston, Texas, including the Johnson Space Center. A very skinny Peter Fonda plays a goofy-cranky journalist who runs down tunnels and climbs around subterranean steam pipes. Scrumptious Blythe Danner plays a television reporter. Character actor John P. Ryan plays his usual sinister character, a mastermind behind all the (for then state-of-the-art) computery stuff. Arthur Hill, television's Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, plays a nice-guy public relations type. Stuart Margolin, The Rockford Files' "Angel Martin," plays a surprisingly understated Futureworld amusement park maintenance man. With Yul Brynner as The Gunslinger. Yul Brynner is featured prominently in the film's publicity, but he mainly serves as a flashback to Westworld (1973), when the amusement park went all to hell the first time. He also appears in a frankly bizarre dream sequence with bondaged and strapless Blythe. It was his final screen appearance. There is a Futureworld trailer here, a sexy and NSFW video from a completely unrelated Blythe Danner film here, and numerous much more serious reviews of Futureworld here.