Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun is a white-knuckle adventure that puts every member of the audience in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created. Exploring the science and psychology behind our need for thrill seeking, the film traces the history of thrill rides, beginning with early roller coasters. It shows how the development of the motion simulator ride, first designed for the aerospace industry, has become one of the most exciting innovations in recent film history.

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1997
  • Date Released:
    July 1997
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: Inactive
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Sony Pictures Classics (15/70), Simex-Iwerks (8/70)

  • Produced By:
    Sony Pictures Classics, New Wave International
  • Executive Producer: Ben Stassen
  • Producer: Charlotte Huggins
  • Director:  Ben Stassen
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Kurt Frey, Ben Stassen
  • Cinematography: Louis DiCesare, Sean Phillips
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Christopher Hoag, Michael Stearns
  • Editor:
  • Narrator: Harry Shearer
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors:


  • Adventure
  • Documentary
  • Technology



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