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Hooper (1978)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 28 July 1978 (USA)
Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

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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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The greatest stuntman alive! See more »

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Action | Comedy

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28 July 1978 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$78,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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The movie was part of a 1970s cycle of works which were about stunt-work and the stunt profession in film-making. In his book "Cult Movies 3", Danny Peary says in his piece on The Stunt Man (1980) that "there had been a proliferation of theatrical and television films about stuntmen". The films include Hooper (1978), Animal (1977), Evel Knievel (1971) (1971), Stunt Rock (1979), Evel Knievel (1974) (1974), Dare Devils (1973), Deathcheaters (1976), Stunts (1977), Viva Knievel! (1977), Superstunt (1977), Death Riders (1976) and The Stunt Man (1980). See more »

Goofs

After the bar fight at the Palamino, everyone is at Hooper's place viewing his 'highlight reel'. In the airplane-transfer scene, the lettering on both airplanes is reversed (mirror image). See more »

Quotes

Ski: My life is worth more than a piece of film.
Hooper: I'll tell you EXACTLY what your life is worth. Your life is worth fifty thousand dollars, that's the price you put on it when you got behind this wheel!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

A Player, A Pawn, A Hero, A King
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Written by Stewart Harris
Sung by Tammy Wynette
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Burt at the top of his game
3 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Hooper" is yet another example of Burt Reynolds at the top of his game. Burt was a superstar who enjoyed making these action comedies for the summer drive-in crowd. The films usually made bundles of money and were usually pretty enjoyable. "Hooper" is one of Burt's better comedies of the 70's. He plays the title character, an aging Hollywood stuntman looking to make that last great stunt for the money and retire before his body gives out on him and serious damage occurs. Sally Field yet again plays Burt's girlfriend and, yet again, isn't given a whole lot to do. Jan Michael Vincent plays the new, young, hot shot stuntman that worries Burt. Brian Keith has a nice turn as Sally's father who happens to be a veteran stuntman himself.

The characters are not the important thing though. You go to see "Hooper" to laugh and enjoy the action scenes. The filmmakers deliver the goods on both counts. One standout scene involves a bar fight involving such tough guys as Terry Bradshaw. Burt confronts Terry one on one and it's the comic highlight of the film. The stunts are sensational and the final stunt is, thematically, totally ridiculous. But it's so well filmed we forgive the obvious silliness.

"Hooper" is a fun film to watch but make sure to see it uncut. It seems that many of Burt's PG-rated movies of the 70's stretched the limits to get as close to the R-rating as possible without going over the line. "Hooper" is no exception.


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