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End credits include the following statements: "Shot on location at J. W. Eaves Ranch"; "Music mixed with the Aphex Aural Exciter"; "Special thanks to The University of New Mexico's Psychology Department for Esther G.; Larry Hamm & Ray Moggio of the New Mexico Film Commission"; "Zoomo Productions gratefully acknowledges the following companies: C&J Precision Products, Inc.; S&W Engineered Products; Malcolm Smith Products; Works Performance Shocks; Simmons Forks; Goodyear Tires; Buchanan Products; D&M Engineered Products; White Brothers; Pro-Tech; Van Nuys Plating; Storz Performance; Jack Hateley Enterprises; C.T. Alloy Sprockets; Barnes Wheels; Sundown Promotions; Spectrum Tool & Dye; Bob Bacon M.C. Seats; K&N Air Filters; Yamaha International."
       The 8 May 1981 DV announced the 25 May 1981 start of principal photography in Santa Fe, NM, on the film provisionally titled The Adventure of Lyle Swann. The completion of photography was reported in the 16 Jul 1981 DV. Writer-musician Michael Nesmith was credited as executive producer in the 9 Jan 1982 Billboard.
       A full-page advertisement in the 29 Sep 1982 Var announced the film’s official title, Timerider, but also referred to it as Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann. The 26 Jan 1983 Var reported the film’s 21 Jan 1983 opening in 800 theaters. A spokesman for domestic distributor Jensen Farley Pictures, Inc., estimated receipts from the opening month at $3,215,633 from 772 out of 800 theatres.
       Reviews were mixed. Critic Vincent Canby stated in the 21 Jan 1983 NYT that he walked out on the film after fifty-five minutes. However, the 21 Jan 1983 ... More Less

End credits include the following statements: "Shot on location at J. W. Eaves Ranch"; "Music mixed with the Aphex Aural Exciter"; "Special thanks to The University of New Mexico's Psychology Department for Esther G.; Larry Hamm & Ray Moggio of the New Mexico Film Commission"; "Zoomo Productions gratefully acknowledges the following companies: C&J Precision Products, Inc.; S&W Engineered Products; Malcolm Smith Products; Works Performance Shocks; Simmons Forks; Goodyear Tires; Buchanan Products; D&M Engineered Products; White Brothers; Pro-Tech; Van Nuys Plating; Storz Performance; Jack Hateley Enterprises; C.T. Alloy Sprockets; Barnes Wheels; Sundown Promotions; Spectrum Tool & Dye; Bob Bacon M.C. Seats; K&N Air Filters; Yamaha International."
       The 8 May 1981 DV announced the 25 May 1981 start of principal photography in Santa Fe, NM, on the film provisionally titled The Adventure of Lyle Swann. The completion of photography was reported in the 16 Jul 1981 DV. Writer-musician Michael Nesmith was credited as executive producer in the 9 Jan 1982 Billboard.
       A full-page advertisement in the 29 Sep 1982 Var announced the film’s official title, Timerider, but also referred to it as Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann. The 26 Jan 1983 Var reported the film’s 21 Jan 1983 opening in 800 theaters. A spokesman for domestic distributor Jensen Farley Pictures, Inc., estimated receipts from the opening month at $3,215,633 from 772 out of 800 theatres.
       Reviews were mixed. Critic Vincent Canby stated in the 21 Jan 1983 NYT that he walked out on the film after fifty-five minutes. However, the 21 Jan 1983 LAT found the picture entertaining, and complimented the filmmakers on the surprise ending. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Billboard
9 Jan 1982.
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Daily Variety
8 May 1981.
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Daily Variety
16 Jul 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 1983
p. 3, 52.
LAHExam
1 May 1981.
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LAHExam
8 May 1981.
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Los Angeles Times
21 Jan 1983
p. 11.
New York Times
21 Jan 1983
p. 24.
Variety
29 Sep 1982
p. 15.
Variety
26 Jan 1983
p. 3, 14, 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Michael Nesmith presents
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Key grip
1st asst cam
2d unit photog, Santa Fe
2d unit photog, Santa Fe
2d unit photog, Santa Fe
2d unit photog, Santa Fe
2d unit photog, Santa Fe
Addl photog
Steadi-cam op
Still photog
Best boy elec
Best boy grip
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir/Renaissance man
2d asst art dir
Storyboard artist/Des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Film ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
More than props
Set dec
Const coord
Asst props
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward asst
Ward 2d asst
Ward 2d asst
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus arr by the players under the dir of
Bass, The players
Percussion, The players
Keyboard, The players
Drums, The players
Slide guitar/mandolin, The players
Guitar, The players
Guitar, The players
Mus ed
Mus eng
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
2d sd asst
Sd eff
Sd eff
Head mixer
Mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff equip supplied by
Spec visual eff by
Opticals by
Titles by
MAKEUP
Make-up & hair
Make-up asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Post prod coord
Prod coord
Scr supv
Prod accountant
Extra casting
Asst to the prod, Los Angeles
Asst to the prod, Santa Fe
Asst to Mr. Nesmith
Prod secy, Santa Fe
Set p.a.
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation asst
Generator op
Generator op
Medical tech
Craft services
Boy at checkpoint
Boy at checkpoint
Santa Fe talent consultant
Wrangler
Wrangler
Wrangler
Wrangler
Catering by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Motorcycle stunts
Motorcycle op
Motorcycle op
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Technical rock climber
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann
The Adventure of Lyle Swann
Release Date:
21 January 1983
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 21 January 1983
Production Date:
25 May--July 1981
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo® in selected theaters
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
26726
SYNOPSIS

In 1982 Baja California, Mexico, International Computel Corporation initiates “Project Timerider,” a time travel experiment in which a rhesus monkey is to be transported to the nineteenth century and back. A short distance away, Lyle Swann tests his custom motorcycle for the Baja 1000 motorcycle race. He communicates with his mechanic, Jesse, via radio, and gauges the terrain using the digital display in his computerized helmet. While searching for a checkpoint in the desert, Lyle crosses the path of Computel’s laser velocity accelerator and is transported to the year 1877, along with the capsule containing the rhesus monkey. Unaware of his circumstances, Lyle speeds into the desert while the monkey is returned to 1982. He asks directions from an elderly man, who dies of a heart attack upon seeing the helmeted figure riding a strange machine. The next morning, a gang of outlaws rides into the desert on horseback following a robbery. Gang member Jack Peoples insists on taking his share and leaving the gang. Leader Porter Reese responds by killing Jack, after which he and his partners, Claude and Carl Dorsett, strip the body of valuables. Computel technicians track Lyle’s movements, and send an employee to the Baja 1000 base camp to inform Jesse of his employer’s situation. Meanwhile, in 1877, Claire Cygne, who lives in the nearby village of San Marcos, discovers Lyle bathing in the river and spies on him as he dons his leather suit and helmet. Reese, Claude, and Carl arrive at the scene as Lyle drives away, and fire their guns at him, believing he is a monster. Reese realizes that ... +


In 1982 Baja California, Mexico, International Computel Corporation initiates “Project Timerider,” a time travel experiment in which a rhesus monkey is to be transported to the nineteenth century and back. A short distance away, Lyle Swann tests his custom motorcycle for the Baja 1000 motorcycle race. He communicates with his mechanic, Jesse, via radio, and gauges the terrain using the digital display in his computerized helmet. While searching for a checkpoint in the desert, Lyle crosses the path of Computel’s laser velocity accelerator and is transported to the year 1877, along with the capsule containing the rhesus monkey. Unaware of his circumstances, Lyle speeds into the desert while the monkey is returned to 1982. He asks directions from an elderly man, who dies of a heart attack upon seeing the helmeted figure riding a strange machine. The next morning, a gang of outlaws rides into the desert on horseback following a robbery. Gang member Jack Peoples insists on taking his share and leaving the gang. Leader Porter Reese responds by killing Jack, after which he and his partners, Claude and Carl Dorsett, strip the body of valuables. Computel technicians track Lyle’s movements, and send an employee to the Baja 1000 base camp to inform Jesse of his employer’s situation. Meanwhile, in 1877, Claire Cygne, who lives in the nearby village of San Marcos, discovers Lyle bathing in the river and spies on him as he dons his leather suit and helmet. Reese, Claude, and Carl arrive at the scene as Lyle drives away, and fire their guns at him, believing he is a monster. Reese realizes that Lyle is a man riding a machine, and is determined to steal the motorcycle. Claire returns to San Marcos to inform her business partner, Padre Quinn, about Lyle and his machine. United States Marshall Ben Potter and his partner, Daniels, find Jack Peoples’ body, and follow Lyle’s tire tracks toward San Marcos. Unaware that he has entered another century, Lyle studies his map, hoping to find a way back to his base camp, when he is surrounded by the outlaws. He eludes the gang and rides into San Marcos, terrorizing the villagers. Claire hides Lyle and his motorcycle in a cellar as the outlaws enter the village. The gang retreats after Claire shoots off Carl’s nose, moments before Potter and Daniels arrive. Lyle follows Claire to her cabin, puzzled that people are shooting at him. She orders Lyle to remove his clothes at gunpoint and they make love. Padre Quinn trails the outlaws to their hideout in the hills to warn Reese that the marshals are searching for him, and apologizes to the Dorsett brothers, explaining that Claire fired on them because she was “seduced” by Lyle’s motorcycle. Later, Claire tells Lyle she was orphaned during the Civil War before leaving her native Louisiana to travel west. She earned a living with her gun until she met Padre Quinn, with whom she formed a trading company. Lyle is mystified by Claire’s story, and she by his strange manner of speech, dress, and transportation. However, when she learns that Lyle is literate, Claire begs him to read to her from a volume of Mark Twain stories. She notices the medal Lyle wears, and he explains that it has been in his family for several generations, beginning with his great-great grandmother, who stole it from the man who impregnated her. The man left Mexico for Los Angeles, California, and she followed but was unable to find him. She remained in the city and became the Swann family matriarch. The Padre appears and warns Lyle that Reese is after him. When he discovers that his motorcycle has been stolen, Lyle seeks help from the marshals. They direct him to Swallow’s Camp, a haven for criminals. Meanwhile, Claire is knocked unconscious and abducted by Claude, as retribution for injuring his brother. Reese enters Swallow’s Camp with the motorcycle, and proceeds to demonstrate it to his fellow criminals, but he quickly loses control and crashes. Claude ties Claire to a bed inside his cabin and decides on a suitable punishment, while Lyle, Padre Quinn, and the marshals plan their attack on the camp. Ben insists on fighting Reese alone, as vengeance for the outlaw’s murder of his son. While the others take cover, Ben stands outside the cabin demanding Reese face him. Reese sneaks up behind and shoots Ben in the back. Lyle retrieves his motorcycle and rescues Claire. Carl is killed as the Padre and Daniels exchange gunfire with the outlaws. The four escape Swallow’s Camp, with Reese, Claude, and the criminals in pursuit. At the Computel control center, Dr. Sam volunteers to rescue Lyle. Early the next morning, Daniels bleeds to death from a minor gunshot wound. The outlaws continue their pursuit until Lyle’s motorcycle runs out of fuel, and Padre Quinn tows it to the edge of a cliff. As the outlaws close in, a helicopter appears and, with exception of Reese, the outlaws scatter. Reese fires into the cockpit and injures the pilot. While the copilot struggles to stabilize the helicopter, he inadvertently pushes the motorcycle over the cliff. Lyle boards the helicopter and beckons Claire to join him, but Dr. Sam refuses to take her. She grabs the medal from Lyle’s neck, and as the helicopter flies away, he remembers the story of the Swann family matriarch. +

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