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The Ultimate Thrill (1974)

At a Colorado ski resort, a jealous man's paranoia results in murder.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

John McGinn (story), John Rester Zodrow
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Cast

Credited cast:
Barry Brown ... Joe Straker
Britt Ekland ... Michelle Parlay
Eric Braeden ... Roland Parlay
Michael Blodgett ... Tom Moore
John Davis Chandler ... Evans
Ed Baierlein Ed Baierlein ... Webster
Paul Feliz Paul Feliz ... Fielder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Adams Carol Adams ... Secretary
Sam Darling Sam Darling ... Bartender
June Goodman June Goodman ... Pretzel
Mary Hampton Mary Hampton ... Woman at Deli
David Kahn David Kahn ... Denver Clerk
Hallie McCollum Hallie McCollum ... Day Clerk
Ronald L. Schwary ... Danny
Gary Tessler Gary Tessler ... Night Clerk
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At a Colorado ski resort, a jealous man's paranoia results in murder.

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Taglines:

The Ultimate Thrill ... could be the ecstasy of death. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ultimate Chase See more »

Filming Locations:

Vail, Colorado, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Heritage Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though nothing sexually has occurred, Roland Parley assumes the worst after catching Tom Moore in his house with his wife Michelle. Parley uses his helicopter to chase Tom Moore down the ski slope and through snow layered forests. At one point Parley in the copter disappears as Moore continues to ski. Moore comes out through an opening in the forest and zooms out over a cliff and hits directly into the side of Parley's chopper. Moore's face is shattered and he falls to the ground after hanging onto the ascended helicopter. The copter's side is splattered with blood. When Parley lands to capture Tom Moore the copter's side is now clean of any blood. See more »

Soundtracks

Could It Be You're The One
Lyrics by Scott Page, Tony McShear, Scott Williams, David Cortopassi
Sung by Tony McShear
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"God I feel fantastic. A new kind of high. I wonder what will be next"?
12 December 2015 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

With a title like this, sadly it's anything but the ultimate thrill… maybe a mild, predictably frosty one. A rock solid cast (Britt Ekland, Eric Braeden, Michael Blodgett and Barry Brown) and nice scenic location work of Vail, Colorado keeps you watching. There are a couple of dangerous looking stunt work involving cat and mouse chases scenes with a helicopter (my pick of the two) and the climatic final chase with a wind glider after some poor Joe on skies. Sadly they're not as suspenseful as they should have been, but for most part lackadaisical.

However the most intersecting facet is the lead up to them and that's the focus on the ruthless industrialist tycoon Roland Parley (a superbly intense performance by Braeden) and his twisted philosophy. "No man deserves the best unless he's willing to die for it". This sadistic guy is searching for simulation, and he gets it in a variant on the most dangerous game theme… firstly by accident (because of his wife's imagined infidelity), but because of the high he goes about setting up the situation that leads to a deadly game, where losing isn't an option. Britt Ekland's alluring, if fragile character becomes the unknowing pawn in his insane jealously. It all becomes a game… life, business and romance.

The story is simple minded and gradually builds upon the patchy circumstances, but the characters are somewhat complex in their shades of grey. Script-wise it can come over sounding clumsy and jarring in its shifting tones, but underneath there's certain uneasiness and the character motivations actually engage. Michael Blodgett and Barry Brown are fitting enough and are two different extremes in characteristics (one cocky and the other brooding) as the two unlucky Joes that get caught up with the Parleys.


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