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WESTWORLD
March 20, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 4:00 a.m. ET

 

Once again, here’s another link between different Best Bets offerings tonight. HUMANS, as a TV series, both preceded the HBO series Westworld, and shared its interest in exploring the awakening of consciousness of human-like androids programmed for the amusement and convenience of humans. But HBO’s Westworld, like AMC’s HUMANS, had a much older precedent: The 1973 movie Westworld, which starred Yul Brynner as an out-of-control robot gunslinger. The movie, shown tonight late at night on TCM, was written and directed by Michael Crichton, the fertile imaginative brain that also concocted The Andromeda Strain, Coma, Jurassic Park, Twister and, believe it or not, the smash NBC medical series ER.

 
 
 
 
 
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