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The Stunt Man (1980)

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A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cameron
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Sam (as Allen Goorwitz)
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Jake
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Denise
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Raymond Bailey
Philip Bruns ...
Ace
Charles Bail ...
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Gabe / Eli's cameraman
Jim Hess ...
Henry / Eli's camera assistant
John Pearce ...
Garage Guard (as John B. Pearce)
Michael Railsback ...
Burt
George Wallace ...
Father (as George D. Wallace)
Dee Carroll ...
Mother
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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You're never more vulnerable than when you know too much. See more »


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25 February 1981 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Le diable en boîte  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,815,060 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Publicity for this picture declared that the movie "defies categorization". The production notes stated that "while other films can be conveniently classified as comedies, westerns, thrillers or musicals" this film though is "a multi-layered experience". In the time since this picture debuted, the "multi-genre" Hollywood movie has become more commonplace. See more »

Goofs

One minute, Cameron is on a bridge in the town of Fair Oaks, California, and Eli Cross is in a helicopter observing him. Then, inexplicably, they're all in San Diego, California, over 100 miles to the southwest. See more »

Quotes

Sam: What's wrong, Eli?
Eli Cross: Wrong? The scene's wrong. That's what's wrong.
Sam: The scene plays like a dream. Plays like "Marat/Sade."
Eli Cross: It was shit.
Sam: Shit? Shit, huh? Who was that that called me on the phone when he first read it, woke me up in the middle of the goddamn night, raving about the magical madhouse scene? Who was that? My upstairs maid, Eli?
Eli Cross: Still shit.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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

Soundtracks

Bits & Pieces
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Dusty Springfield
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One of Our Greatest Actors.. ..at his absolute best.
3 February 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

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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