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TV Review: HBO gives Westworld’s robot cowboys a prestige upgrade

The late Michael Crichton was as cunning as the fictional mad men he occasionally chronicled. In the early ’70s, the Andromeda Strain author accepted a paltry budget and a tight schedule to direct his screenplay about catastrophic breakdowns at a high-tech vacation spot. Westworld made back that meager investment and then some, becoming the biggest hit of 1973 for ailing MGM.
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