Boy, have we got a vacation for you! Take the Westworld movie trivia quiz!

By: Julie Medina
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About This Quiz

Now a popular TV show, the Westworld concept stemmed from the original movie where guests indulged in any adventure in the three themed worlds of the android-populated amusement park. Remember it all with this trivia quiz... before an android remembers it for you.

The high-tech amusement park is named Delos. What is its tagline?

The movie starts with a short testimonial commercial about the Delos Amusement Park. Delos's tagline in its advertising promises, "Boy, have we got a vacation for you!" This commercial allows the audience to understand the concept and what adventures are available.

Which of these worlds are part of the amusement park?

In the then-future year of 1983, a high-tech, highly realistic adult amusement park called Delos features three themed "worlds." There is the American Old West, called Westworld, replete with bar fights and bank robberies. There is the Medieval World where one can experience what it would be like to live in Medieval Europe. And finally, there is Roman World that replicates the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

How much does it cost a day to vacation in this futuristic amusement park?

It cost $1,000 a day to experience the resort's three "worlds," populated with lifelike androids that are practically indistinguishable from human beings. Since the movie takes place in 1983, the amusement park cost of $1,000 per day would cost $2,423 today.

What kind of fantasies can one indulge in for $1,000 a day?

For $1,000 per day, guests may indulge in any adventure with the android population of the park, including sexual encounters and even a fight to the death. The androids are each programmed in character for their assigned historical environment. Our heroes staged a jailbreak. But you can also become a Sheriff, Queen, King, you name it.

How can you tell an android from a human being?

The hands have not been fully developed to look like human hands. Otherwise, it’s almost impossible for one to distinguish between real and robot. Did you know that the first use of computer digitized images as part of a feature film (not merely monitor graphics) was the Gunslinger's point of view in Westworld? After the process was finally developed enough to produce satisfactory results, it took a eight hours to produce each ten seconds of Gunslinger's pixelated POV.

Who is at Westworld for the second time?

John Blane, played by James Brolin, is on a repeat visit to Westworld. During the 1970s, the 6-ft 4-inch Brolin began appearing as a regular leading man in Gable and Lombard, The Car, Capricorn One, The Amityville Horror, Night of the Juggler, and High Risk. On TV, he became quite popular in Marcus Welby M.D. and won an Emmy Award for his role. In 1996, Brolin met singer, actress, and director Barbra Streisand through a friend, and the two were married on July 1, 1998.

What is the character name of the first-timer to Westworld?

Peter Martin is the first-timer who enjoys the activities of Westworld until a gunslinger pursues him for real. Peter Martin is portrayed by Richard Benjamin, an accomplished actor and director. Benjamin starred in Goodbye Columbus, Catch-22, and the Sunshine Boys. He also directed My Favorite Year, City Heat, Made in America, and The Money Pit.

How does Peter feel about Westworld at first?

One of the attractions of Westworld is the authenticity, including the accommodations (too rough and sparse), the whiskey (too strong), and the being paired with a prostitute (a bit awkward). However, Peter gets acclimated quickly and really enjoys the cowboy life. Did you know the set for Westworld was then used in Blazing Saddles?

How can you be sure you’re killing an android and not a guest when you shoot your gun?

If you are a hot-blooded human, not to worry, the firearms other guests have won’t kill you. The firearms have temperature sensors that prevent them from shooting anything with a high body temperature, but allow them to 'kill' the cold-blooded androids.

What actor plays the Gunslinger?

Yul Brynner plays the Gunslinger who is programmed to allow guests to draw their guns and kill him, with the android always returning the next day for another duel. Yul Brynner was best known for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam in The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards and an Academy Award for the film version.

Who says this? “Sloppy with your drink? [Peter tries to ignore him, unsure of how to react] [to the bartender] Get this boy a bib!”

The Gunslinger is trying to provoke Peter into a fight. Peter doesn’t know what to do until his friend, John, whispers in his ear. Then Peter says, “You talk too much,” and shoots the Gunslinger. The Gunslinger robot that Yul Brynner portrays is an homage/spoof of his character, Chris, from The Magnificent Seven and wears the same costume.

What happens to the robots once they are shot?

Since the same scenes are replayed for each new guest, it’s important that the same androids with the same programming are used, to ensure a realistic experience. For instance, the Gunslinger’s programming allows guest to draw their guns and kill it, with the robot always returning the next day for another duel. In the film, we see the staff removing the “dead” robots and sending them to be repaired while the guests are asleep.

Who plays the Chief Supervisor?

The Chief Supervisor, who notices the increased frequency of the breakdown of the central systems, is portrayed by Alan Oppenheimer. Alan Oppenheimer is an actor and voice actor. He has performed numerous roles on live-action television since the 1960s and has had a successful career doing voice work in cartoons since the 1970s. You may recall his work - portraying a Nazi in Hogan's Heroes, playing an Israeli secret agent as well as a double-agent KAOS scientist on Get Smart, and playing Dr. Rudy Wells in The Six Million Dollar Man.

Why are the android breakdowns so suspicious?

The scientists have followed the android breakdowns and noticed that the frequency has spread by area, as if it were a virus infecting different parts of the theme park. From a robotic rattlesnake to a romantic android refusing a guest’s advances, the malfunctions are becoming more and more serious. And of course, the complexity of the androids themselves is worrisome, as some of the parts are designed by other computers, so that even the scientists don’t know how they work.

What happens that makes the scientists cut the power to the androids?

When Medieval World’s Black Knight android kills a guest in a swordfight, the scientists shut down the power to the entire park, hoping they will be able to gain control of the androids. But the shutdown backfires and traps them in central control with automatic locking doors. Since all of their equipment needs power, someone needs to manually turn the power back on. However, they are trapped and eventually suffocate inside central control.

When James helps Peter break out of the jailhouse, the sheriff gets killed. Who is the new sheriff in town?

The Banker stepped up when the Sheriff died and told the townspeople that he is the law around here now. Dick Van Patten plays the Banker. He is known for his role as the father in Eight Is Enough, as well as starring in I Remember Mama and Young Doctor Malone. He also starred in Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Spaceballs, Charlton Heston's Soylent Green, and the Academy Award–winning Charly.

How do John and Peter discover that the androids are running amok?

John and Peter wake up in Westworld’s bordello, unaware that the androids in all three theme parks have run amok and are operating on reserve power. They see the Gunslinger on the street. He challenges the men to a showdown. When John says he’ll take care of the Gunslinger this time, the android outdraws him and shoots him dead.

What happens when Peter runs for his life?

Peter Martin flees to the other areas of the park but finds only dead guests, damaged robots, and a panicked technician attempting to escape Delos. The Gunslinger follows him relentlessly and unceasingly. Director John Carpenter based the "indestructible" nature of his killer, Michael Myers in Halloween (1978), on Yul Brynner's character in this film. Similarly, Arnold Schwarzenegger used Brynner's performance as the basis of his performance in The Terminator (1984).

What does Peter learn from the technician before the Gunslinger shoots the technician?

Although the technician offers some advice to Peter on how to escape the Gunslinger, he says that the Gunslinger will probably kill him anyway because this is a top-of-the-line model with recent upgrades. When breakdowns of the robots begin to occur, and spread, the scientists discuss the similarity of this problem to a disease. This is a very early reference to computer viruses.

How does Peter escape from the themed worlds?

Peter climbs down through a manhole in Roman World into the underground control complex to get away from the Gunslinger. While there, he discovers that the resort's computer technicians suffocated in the control room when the ventilation system shut down. Yul Brynner's character is known as The Gunslinger. Interestingly, the word "gunslinger" was only created in the 1950s and has no connection to the old West.

Once the Gunslinger tracks Peter underground, where does he first confront Peter?

With the Gunslinger’s heightened visual and auditory senses, he tracks Peter through the underground corridors with a quick but steady pace. Peter runs away until he enters a robot-repair lab. When the Gunslinger comes into the room, Peter pretends to be a robot, throws acid into the Gunslinger's face, and impairs his vision. In this scene, Yul Brynner's face was coated with an oil-based makeup mixed with ground Alka-Seltzer. A splash of water then produced the fizzing effect.

Now that the Gunslinger’s vision is damaged, he uses his infra-red sensors to “see” Peter. How does Peter figure out how to escape detection?

When Peter flees from the underground control complex, he returns to the surface inside the Medieval World castle. With its optical inputs damaged by the acid, the Gunslinger is unable to track him visually and tries to find Martin using its infra-red scanners. Martin stands behind the flaming torches of the Great Hall to mask his presence from the robot.

How does Peter “kill” the Gunslinger?

Peter finds a damsel in distress in the dungeon and tries to give her a drink of water, which causes the android to short out. Although he realizes he could use this on the Gunslinger, Peter doesn't have a chance to do so. While standing under the torch he realizes the Gunslinger can't see him, but as he moves away, he makes a noise, giving away his location. He quickly uses the closest torch to set fire to the Gunslinger. In Crichton's assembly cut there was an alternate death scene of Gunslinger where he is killed with the same rack that was used by one of the other robots to kill one of the guests in a deleted scene.

What was so shocking about the ending?

The burned shell of the Gunslinger attacks him on the dungeon steps before succumbing to its damage. Did you know that during a shootout scene a piece of wadding from a blank cartridge struck Yul Brynner in the eye, scratching his cornea and leaving him unable to wear his light reflecting contacts? Shooting had to be rescheduled to allow time for his eye to heal.

Who said this: “There's no way to get hurt in here, just enjoy yourself.”

At the beginning of the movie, John says this line to Peter, hoping that Peter will chill out. What’s interesting is that James Brolin, the actor playing John, actually does get hurt. During the scene where James Brolin's character is bitten by a rattlesnake, while the milked rattler was attached to Brolin's arm, he was bitten by the teeth on the snake’s lower jaw, even though he was wearing padding on his arm made of leather and cotton.

Who says, “Doesn't anything work around here?”

The Chief Supervisor tries to use the red phone and the phone doesn’t work. He is trying to report an uptick in malfunctioning androids. Michael Crichton would later use the similar plot line about an amusement park that goes horribly wrong and the attractions malfunctioning for his novel, "Jurassic Park," which would become the hit film Jurassic Park (1993) 20 years later.

Who says this: “Why don't you just go on upstairs and we'll reckon accounts later.”

On the first evening, John wants Peter to relax and get accustomed to the Old West. They make their way to Miss Carrie’s bordello and are paired with the ladies of the evening. A Yul Brynner biography mentions that 10 minutes of "adult material" was cut because of the censors (probably for PG rating), but no details about footage that was cut for rating issues were mentioned in Brynner's biography or anywhere else.

Who says this? “At Delos, you get your choice of the vacation you want. There's Medieval World, Roman World, and, of course, Westworld. Let's talk to some of the people who've been there.”

Ed Renfrew, the interviewer, helps explain the attractions available at this futuristic adventure to the movie viewer. Did you know that this TV commercial that opens the film was added once the film was complete? However, because there was a writers' strike in Hollywood at the time, this was written by Steven Frankfurt, a New York advertising executive.

Who says this: “Prepare for thy doom, thou scurrilous knave?”

The Black Knight says this to the Medieval Knight. They are going to fight in front of the Queen. This fight illustrates the first android to malfunction and kill a guest. The Medival Knight is portrayed by Norman Bartold, an actor known for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Capricorn One, as well as many TV appearances.

What did the critics think of the film?

The film had favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate rating of 86%, based on 36 reviews. Reviewing the DVD release in September 2008, The Daily Telegraph reviewer Philip Horne described the film as a "richly suggestive, bleakly terrifying fable — and Brynner's performance is chillingly pitch-perfect."

What did the fans think of the film?

The audience loved it. The film was a financial success. On a budget of $1.25 million, it earned almost $10 million at the box office. The film was also successful on home video. It grossed $4 million in rentals in the US and Canada, becoming MGM's biggest box office success of that year. After a re-release, by 1976 it earned another $7 million.

Which list from the American Film Institute was Westworld nominated for?

Westworld was nominated for all these AFI top movie lists. The film served as Crichton's first theatrical feature. It was also the first feature film to use digital image processing, to pixellate photography to simulate an android point of view. Besides the above accolades, the film was nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Saturn awards

Why was the Westworld movie that aired on TV different than that of the theatrical release?

The Westworld that aired on TV was different than that aired in the movie theaters because extra scenes were added. Some of these scenes include: scientists explaining more about the virus, giving more insight into their "virus" problem with the robots; a longer discussion between Peter and the sheriff; and an extended chase of Peter and the Gunslinger; among others.

What was the name of the sequel to Westworld?

A sequel, Futureworld, was filmed in 1976 and released by American International Pictures, rather than MGM. Only Brynner returned from the original cast to reprise his Gunslinger character. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate rating of 33%, and fans gave it a 32% rating. If you answered, “Beyond Westworld,” that was a TV series inspired by the movie, but it was canceled due to low ratings after only three of five episodes.

There is a successful legacy from Westworld, the movie. What is it?

On June 19, 2016, HBO released a full trailer for the new Westworld series, which premiered on October 2, 2016. The new series aired ten episodes, starring Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Clifton Collins Jr., and Ed Harris. It has since been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

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