A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.
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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The picture was actor Peter O'Toole's previous cinema film made before My Favorite Year (1982). As such, it was back-to-back consecutive pictures about show-business for O'Toole as The Stunt Man (1980) was about movie-making whereas My Favorite Year (1982) was about 1950s live television. Moreover, O'Toole was Best Actor Oscar nominated for both films, but did not win the award for either. See more »
When Cameron previews the footage of Bert's demise, the windshield has no hole in it, then a hole appears as they look at the footage, but then it's missing again in the next shot. See more »
[after demonstrating a leap for Chuck]
My specialty's the broad jump.
And Burt's specialty was drowning!
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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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