Below is a heap of frequently asked questions about the 1973 film, Westworld, from the movie’s inspiration to key plot points, all presented in an easily digestible format. If you’re more than familiar with the Westworld TV series, but know NOTHING about the film, here’s your cheat sheet.

FAQs about Westworld (1973)

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Who wrote the Westworld movie?

Westworld was written and directed by Michael Crichton, and tells the story of an amusement park filled with humanoid robots. During the course of the movie, the robots malfunction and turn on the park’s guests.

Was Westworld based on a book?

No. Although Michael Crichton was an author, the movie was not based on a book. However, Westworld was turned into a book!

In 1974, a novelisation of Westworld was published. The book was an adaptation of the movie’s script, with a few changes.

How much did Westworld cost to make?

Westworld was shot on a budget of $1.25 million – an extremely small budget by today’s standards.

Where is Westworld set?

Western World (as it is called in the movie) is situated in the vacation destination of Delos, an amusement park touted as “the most exciting vacation spot in the history of man”.

How many theme parks does Delos have?

Delos has three theme parks: Western World, Medieval World and Roman World. At the beginning of the movie, a description of Medieval World states that the owners have “spared no expense” in creating the attraction. A similar comment is made in the movie, Jurassic Park (1993). Jurassic Park was based on a novel written by Michael Crichton.

How much does it cost to stay at Delos?

It costs $1,000 a day to stay at Delos. During a stay guests are allowed to do what they wish as there are “no rules”.

Who are the main characters in Westworld?

The main characters in Westworld are Peter Martin and John Blane, as played by Richard Benjamin and James Brolin, respectively.

Who played the Gunslinger in Westworld?

Yul Brynner played the role of Westworld’s black-clad robot, the Gunslinger. The Gunslinger is a nod to Brynner’s character in The Magnificent Seven (1960).

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Is Majel Barrett in Westworld?

Yes, Majel Barrett played the role of Miss Carrie in Westworld.

How long is it before things go wrong in Western World?

The first indication that something might be amiss in Western World takes place approximately 24 minutes into the movie. It is almost an hour into the movie before staff at Delos completely lose control of the robots.

Does the Gunslinger die in Westworld?

Yes. The Gunslinger is killed three times! He is killed twice with gunfire and once with acid and fire.

Does Westworld have a sequel?

Yes, the sequel to Westworld is the 1976 film, Futureworld. In the sequel, Delos reopens with four worlds: Medievalworld, Romanworld, Spaworld and Futureworld. Once again, things go wrong.

Did any of the cast of Westworld return for the sequel?

Yul Brynner was the only actor to return for Futureworld. He has a small cameo appearance.

Are there any other sequels to Westworld?

In addition to Futureworld and the 2016 Westworld TV series, the original movie also spawned a short-lived TV spin-off called Beyond Westworld. When it made its debut in 1980, the TV series was not well received and was quickly cancelled.

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