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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Berns
Roger Deal
Alfie Wise ...
Norman Grabowski ...
Hammerhead (as Norm Grabowski)
Jim Burk ...
Princess O'Mahoney ...


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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Release Date:

28 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Stuntman  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout his career Burt Reynolds has made a number of movies that examine movie-making and this film is one of them. The pictures include Fade-In (1968) (location filming & westerns); Silent Movie (1976) and Nickelodeon (1976) (silent films); Best Friends (1982) (scriptwriting & Hollywood); Hooper (1978) (stuntwork and Hollywood); The Player (1992) (Hollywood); Boogie Nights (1997) (adult films); The Last Producer (2000) (producers and Hollywood); The Hollywood Sign (2001) and A Bunch of Amateurs (2008) (actors and Hollywood). See more »


At the night scene, when Hooper is out riding a horse, a jumps over a fence. It's clearly visible that's it not Burt Reynolds sitting on the horse. The hair is wrong and the mustache looks fake. See more »


Max Berns: You guys look like garbage.
Sonny Hooper: You should see through my eyes, it's metro color.
Cully: I've got just a little headache. You think we're bad you should see the guys...
Sonny Hooper: [Slaps Cully] Dont yell in my ear! Jesus Christ.
Cully: [Hears something coming towards them, it's Ski on a motorized skateboard] What the hell is that? Look what's coming.
Sonny Hooper: [Covers his ears] Stop that thing! Shoot it! Kill it!
Ski: [Holds up a breakfast burrito] want some breakfast?
Sonny Hooper: [Belches] Oh God, get that circumcised will you.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Littlest Hobo: Lucky (1984) See more »


A Player, A Pawn, A Hero, A King
Written by Stewart Harris
Sung by Tammy Wynette
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Burt at the top of his game
3 August 2004 | by (Chicago) – 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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