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The Stunt Man (1980)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  25 February 1981 (France)
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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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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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25 February 1981 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Le diable en boîte  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,815,060 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Lead actor Peter O'Toole reportedly struggled to find a suitable outfit for his role as obsessive director Eli Cross. After several days trying to find a suitable wardrobe, director Richard Rush got him to wear clothes which were replicas of his own, complete with matching viewfinder. It's been said that Rush's personality influenced O'Toole's portrayal of a fictional movie director. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scene Eli's helicopter takes off as he is talking to Cameron. However, cuts back to close-ups of Eli during the conversation reveal stationary trees behind the helicopters starboard side. See more »

Quotes

Cameron: [after Eli urges him to read how to get out of a sunken car, and avoid Burt's fate of presumed drowning] Did Burt read this book?
Eli Cross: Offhand, I'd say no.
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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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Bits & Pieces
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Dusty Springfield
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A true original comedy that wouldn't get made today.
27 August 1999 | by (Stockton, California) – See all my reviews

This is a very funny and entertaining movie that doesn't fit into any one category. It's about a slightly crazed movie director who is making a WW1 movie in Southern California who hires a fugitive to replace his top stuntman. Peter O'Toole gives perhaps his best performance ever as the egomaniacal filmmaker who will do anything, perhaps even murder someone, in order to protect his artistic vision. The underrated Steve Railsback is good also as the paranoid Vietnam vet turned fugitive from the law. The action scenes are very funny and well-done, especially the rooftop chase. The music score is appropriately clever and matches what's happening on screen. Real-life stunt man Chuck Bail has a good part as a stunt coordinator who shows Railsback the ropes. The editing techniques help blur the line between reality and make-believe. The film is a bit too long, though, and some key scenes go on longer than necessary. These are minor complaints, however, because a film like this doesn't get made very often anymore.


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