While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director (Peter O'Toole) he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the movie is an interesting twist for the viewer as the two blend in individual scenes. Written by
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Co-scriptwriter Richard Rush has said of adapting this film's source Paul Brodeur novel: "There was an irresistible metaphor in the book that kept haunting me, and I kept going back to it in my head". See more »
When Cameron does a somersault, his position changes as he comes out of the roll. See more »
[after completing stunt]
That was the hardest thousand dollars I ever earned.
[Later... Starts to turn away, then turns back]
Thousand dollars? What thousand dollars?
The stunt pays six-fifty.
No. Chuck said the stunt paid a thousand dollars.
Chuck could have promised you the Nobel Prize. The stunt pays six-fifty.
The stunt pays a thousand dollars. Chuck told me. You insulted me again.
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After the credits end, the movie-within-a-movie director (played by Peter O'Toole) yells, "Sam, rewrite the opening reel! Crush the little bastard in the first act!" And then he laughs during the fade-out. See more »
One of Our Greatest Actors.. ..at his absolute best.
At the time Peter O'Toole was Academy Award nominated as Best Actor, for his portrayal of one-step-above-God-himself, Eli Cross in The Stunt Man, my movie going experience was limited to The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, Mary Poppins, and some post pubescent indulgences into the realm of Flint, Matt Helm, and James Bond.
Through the magic of video I was able to see Richard Rush's wonderful black comedy- And have never tired of it.
Had Mr. O'Toole and The Stunt Man not run headlong into the likes of Raging Bull, and Robert De Niro, I venture to say it would have garnered WINS, not just NOMINATIONS from the Academy that year.
Rent it and while you're at it reach for `My Favorite Year' and make it a Peter O'Toole double feature.
You will not be disappointed.
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