MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,206 this week

Hooper (1978)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  28 July 1978 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 3,679 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 20 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 15 Sep 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 18 Oct 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hooper" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hooper (1978)

Hooper (1978) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hooper.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stroker Ace (1983)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Vittorio Gassman
Gator (1976)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton
The End (1978)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Slapstick black comedy about a man (Reynolds) who finds that he hasn't much longer to live and has bungled his attempts at suicide.

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Dom DeLuise
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ex con teams up with federal agents to help them with breaking up a moonshine ring.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed
Semi-Tough (1977)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country car race.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett
Shamus (1973)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

New York private eye Shamus McCoy likes girls, drink and gambling, but by the look of his flat business can't be too hot. So an offer of $10,000 to finds some diamonds stolen in a daring ... See full summary »

Director: Buzz Kulik
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon, John P. Ryan
Rough Cut (1980)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two sophisticated jewel thieves join forces to steal $30 million in uncut jewels. Despite a continuous exchange of quips they eventually become romantically involved.

Directors: Don Siegel, Peter R. Hunt
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Lesley-Anne Down, David Niven
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Big and Little Enos are opening a sea food restaurant. They bet Sheriff Buford T. Justice that he cannot drive from Miami to the Enos ranch in Texas in a given amount of time. If Buford loses he has to give up his badge.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Paul Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Ski
...
Gwen
...
Jocko
...
Max Berns
...
Roger Deal
...
Cully
...
Adam
Alfie Wise ...
Tony
...
Sherman
Norman Grabowski ...
Hammerhead (as Norm Grabowski)
...
Bidwell
Jim Burk ...
Jimbo
...
Sheriff (as Don'Red'Barry)
Princess O'Mahoney ...
Wanda
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The greatest stuntman alive! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Stuntman  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Roger Deal (Robert Klein)'s last lines - about film being "little pieces of time" - are a paraphrase of remarks by Peter Bogdanovich. In fact, the director character was based on Bogdanovich. See more »

Goofs

When Cully & Hooper are telling Gwen about the upcoming rocket car stunt. Gwen is sitting on the table. The position of her arms keeps changing between camera shots, from her sides to in front of her while she's leaning forward. See more »

Quotes

Amtrac, SWAT man: [Sonny has smashed the jukebox to get Amtrac's money back] Well, if you wanted to make somebody look like an asshole, boy, you did! That was you.
Sonny Hooper: [counting the SWAT guys] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12... six against twelve!
Ski: [joins in] Seven.
Sonny Hooper: Seven against twelve. Well, that's a little uneven. Looks like you guys'll have to go back to Houston and get some more guys!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooper
Sung and Written by Bent Myggen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Simple but slick stunt-man flick.
27 July 2006 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

Following the success of the 1977 film "Smokey And The Bandit" Burt Reynolds was, for a short time at any rate, the world's no.1 box-office star. Alas, like so many actors who get to the top Burt soon found himself losing his mantle as he stumbled from one lousy picture to another. Part of the problem was that Reynolds formed a long-running partnership with stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham, a union that yielded too many bad movies. In total, the two men worked together six times. A chronological list of their films together would run like this: "Smokey And The Bandit", "Hooper", "Smokey And The Bandit II", "The Cannonball Run", "Cannonball Run II", and "Stroker Ace". Of this sequence, only the first two are really worthy of praise. The others are generally rather poor movies which met with considerable negativity from the critics and did little to enhance the star's popularity with the public. "Hooper" was released in 1978 and, as noted, was the second of the Reynolds-Needham collaborations. It is a simple but very slick story set in the world of testosterone-fuelled Hollywood stuntmen, and is perhaps the best of Reynolds' late '70s/early '80s films.

Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) is a middle-aged Hollywood stuntman. He leads a freewheeling lifestyle with his girlfriend Gwen (Sally Field) and her father Jocko (Brian Keith), who was himself once a leading stuntman and is something of a father figure for Sonny. Sonny begins to feel the heat when a young new stuntman named Ski (Jan Michael Vincent) appears on the scene and threatens to take his mantle as the bravest performer in the business. Believing that he has never proved his greatness - neither to himself, his girlfriend, his companions nor the younger generation of the profession – Sonny decides to pull off one final stunt so dangerous and outrageous that it will cement his place in legend. Film-maker Roger Deal (Robert Klein) offers Sonny just the stunt he is looking for. Deal is busy making a James Bond style adventure movie and needs two fearless drivers to perform a record-breaking 325 feet leap across a collapsed bridge in a jet-fuelled sports car. Sonny and Ski agree to do the jump, even though everyone close to them urges them to turn it down as the odds of performing it successfully seem almost impossible.

"Hooper" is admittedly a light film with a story that demands little of the viewer, but on its own terms it is an enjoyable and involving film. The performances are surprisingly strong and nuanced for a film set in the world of macho stunt performers. Reynolds appears brash on the surface but elicits genuine humanity in the scenes where he torments himself over the daredevil legacy he wants to leave behind. Field is superb as his terrified girlfriend; Vincent shows gung-ho spirit as the youthful pretender; Keith is wonderful as the old-timer who has lived long enough in the business to appreciate the value of survival; and Klein gives the best performance in the entire film as the single-minded director willing to risk the lives of his stunt team in order to shoot the greatest action sequence ever filmed. The film is punctuated with several impressive action sequences, and climaxes with the jet car leap around which the story is based. This closing sequence is brilliantly put together – with real suspense generated about whether the drivers will or will not survive their attempt. As brash, brainless and brawny as it is, "Hooper" is still a tremendously enjoyable film. Fans of fast cars and sensational stunts will revel in it!


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hooper DVD homer0493
stuntman song? Flashgore
Frisky Dingo samuraioutlaw
Hooper's horse - Dancer marcowgirl777
Tagline... MagicMan-9
In my top 5 of all time carlo3769
Discuss Hooper (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?