Hooper (1978)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  28 July 1978 (USA)
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Aging stuntman Sonney Hooper is still on top as one of the best stuntmen in the business. But up and coming Ski is starting to do bigger and better stunts. Hooper has the experience to ... See full summary »



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Aging stuntman Sonney Hooper is still on top as one of the best stuntmen in the business. But up and coming Ski is starting to do bigger and better stunts. Hooper has the experience to setup a stunt safely, and Ski lacks the common sense to know when a stunt is too dangerous. Maybe together, along with their fun loving buddies, they can do a stunt together that will surpass anything that anyone has done. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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28 July 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The name "Hooper" is obviously a reference to the name: "Hooker" - as in Buddy Joe Hooker (a famous stuntman and various others in the same family). Buddy Joe Hooker's name even appears on a strip of tape on a drawer in "Sonny Hooper's" (Burt Reynolds ) trailer. This can be seen over Burt's shoulder, early in the movie, in the scene where Sonny/Burt and Cully/James Best do their Roy Rogers' sidekick and James Stewart impressions. Tommy J. Huff's name also appears on the drawer under Buddy Joe's. See more »


When Hooper rolls the vehicle he and Tony are riding in, the cameraman's reflection can be seen in the hood of the car after it comes to rest on its side. See more »


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Outtakes from stunts performed in the movie are shown over the closing credits. See more »


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Sung and Written by Bent Myggen
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8 May 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Hooper" is a delightful tribute by star Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham - both of whom began their careers as stuntmen - to those brave men and women who risk life and limb for the movies. It remains endearing and upbeat throughout, sometimes getting serious but never melodramatic. It's naturally jam packed with amazing stunt work, and quite a few explosions as well. The cast is completely engaging, and everything is played with a respectable amount of humour.

Burt plays Sonny Hooper, an old pro stuntman who realizes that a new day is coming, and that a new breed is emerging: younger, tougher, more daring. A prime example is up and comer "Ski" (Jan-Michael Vincent), who comes to work on the same movie that Sonny is currently gaffing. It's Ski who encourages Sonny to try one of the riskiest car stunts ever filmed.

"Hooper" has just enough story to be involving, and one can't help but like these characters. Burt is charming, with an incredibly foxy Sally Field playing Gwen, the girlfriend who stands by him. Vincent is very likable, as are the supporting performers such as Brian Keith, John Marley, James Best, Adam West (in what is really a nothing role, as the actor for whom Sonny doubles), George Furth, Don 'Red' Barry, Robert Tessier, and Tara Buckman. Comedian Robert Klein is good as Roger Deal, the jerk director of the movie-within-the-movie, who cares not for going over budget or risking lives as long as he gets his shots.

Burt has a great moment right at the end as he acknowledges us in the audience before providing us with an appropriate and satisfying punchline.

Eight out of 10.

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