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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)
Richard Rush (adaptation)
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Release Date:
25 February 1981 (France) See more »
Tagline:
"If God could do the things that we can do, he'd be a happy man . . ." See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The art and artifice of filmmaking See more (80 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter O'Toole ... Eli Cross

Steve Railsback ... Cameron

Barbara Hershey ... Nina Franklin

Allen Garfield ... Sam (as Allen Goorwitz)

Alex Rocco ... Jake

Sharon Farrell ... Denise

Adam Roarke ... Raymond Bailey
Philip Bruns ... Ace
Charles Bail ... Chuck Barton

John Garwood ... 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
Leslie Winograde ... Sister
Don Kennedy ... Lineman
Whitey Hughes ... Eli's A.D.

Walter Robles ... Eli's A.D.
A.J. Bakunas ... Eli's Script Clerk
Roberto Caruso ... 1st Cop (as Robert Caruso)
Frank Avila ... 2nd Cop
Stafford Morgan ... Thompson F.B.I.
John Alderman ... Carlbinerri
Jack Palinkas ... Technician
James Garrett ... 2nd Technician (as Cecil Brittain)
Garrett McPherson ... Tourist
Nelson Tyler ... Elk's Crane Cameraman
Louis Gartner ... 1st Brothel Man (as Louie Gartner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Joseph Arno ... (uncredited)

James Avery ... Man Playing Pinball (uncredited)
Frank Beetson ... (uncredited)

Gregg Berger ... (uncredited)
Chance Boyer ... Kid in Cemetery (uncredited)
Deanna Dae Coleman ... Stunt Crew (uncredited)
Larry Dunn ... Stunt Crew (uncredited)
Don Hayden ... WWI German Soldier (uncredited)

Patricia McPherson ... Pretty Woman (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Gordon Ross ... (uncredited)
Marion Wayne ... (uncredited)
Leigh Webb ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Rush 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay)

Richard Rush (adaptation)

Paul Brodeur (novel)

Produced by
Paul Lewis .... associate producer
Richard Rush .... producer
Melvin Simon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Tosi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Caroline Biggerstaff  (as Caroline Ferriol)
Jack Hofstra 
 
Art Direction by
James L. Schoppe  (as James Shoppe)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Spero 
 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup designer
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
Richard Blair .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Beetson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Beetson .... first assistant director
Paula Marcus .... second assistant director
Richard H. Prince .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gary Fettis .... assistant props
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
Donald Krafft .... lead man
Michel Levesque .... assistant art director
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Douglas Madison)
 
Sound Department
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Cal Marks .... boom operator
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as Jim Tanenbaum)
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... head special effects
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts
A.J. Bakunas .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Wayne Berg .... stunt pilot
Norman Blankenship .... stunts (as Norm Blankenship)
Hank Calia .... stunts
Deanna Dae Coleman .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Ted Duncan .... stunts
Larry Dunn .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
Gray Johnson .... stunt coordinator
Gray Johnson .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts (as John Michael Johnson)
Al Jones .... stunts (as Alton Leo Jones)
John Kazian .... wing walker
Tom Morga .... stunts
Regis Parton .... stunts (as Reggie Parten)
Don Pulford .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunts (as James B. Winborn)
Charles Bail .... stunts (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Robert .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter J. Breen .... dolly grip (as Peter Breen)
Bob Fillis .... best boy
Tim Griffith .... gaffer
Joe Harada .... still photographer
Tad Harrier .... best boy grip
Frank M. Holgate .... underwater photography (as Frank Holgate)
Joel King .... camera operator
Robin Krause .... still photographer
Barry Oiffer .... assistant camera
Jack Palinkas .... key grip
Ronald Vidor .... assistant camera (as Ron Vidor)
William L. Asman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tim Griffith .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Terry Kempf .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael E. Matteson .... grip (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: additional camera (uncredited)
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photography (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Andy Blumenthal .... assistant editor
John Carnochan .... assistant editor
Dolly Gordon .... assistant editor
Vicki Hiatt .... post-production assistant
Robert Leader .... editorial coordinator
Ryan Noto .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... co-music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gary Paulsen .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
James S. Appleby .... head pilot: WWI-planes (as Jim Appleby)
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor
Susan Title .... production coordinator
Dean Westgaard .... parachutist
Dessie Markovsky .... post production supervisor (uncredited)
Emile Razpopov .... post production coordinator (uncredited)
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production executive (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
131 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:A (Ontario) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Peru:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2003) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie's main opening credits and promotional title logo were framed and billed in association with a design image of a movie set clapper-board.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In one of the WW1 scenes, a wall is painted with the names of two French towns: Verdon and Nancy. "Verdon" should be spelled "Verdun," which is not far from the French town of Nancy, and was the site of a famous WW1 battle.See more »
Quotes:
Cameron:Why are you trying to save my ass?
Eli Cross:Because you're almost as crazy as the young man I'm making this film about. Besides, I've fallen madly in love with the dark side of your nature.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead End (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bits & PiecesSee more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The art and artifice of filmmaking, 22 October 2000

Revered as one of the greatest "cult" films of all time I recently saw it and most of my expectations were met. Steven Railsback plays a character named Cameron. A former Vietnam veteran and fugitive on the lam. At the begining of the film we see him being pursued by the police after he is spotted in a restaurant. Cameron while being chased accidentally stumbles onto a movie set where a World War I epic is being shot. After almost being killed by a stunt man on a bridge by a car Cameron picks up an object and throws it at the windshield of the vehicle causing it to swerve off the bridge and fall into a nearby river. A helicopter suddenly descends in front of Cameron. Inside it are the filmcrew documenting the bridge scene with it's director Eli Cross ( Peter O'Toole) starring at Cameron and what has happened. Cameron flees from the scene as the helicopter soars away. Eventually Eli Cross meets up with Cameron and convinces him to replace the stunt man or Cross will turn him into the police. Cameron has little choice. Thus begins the main characters harrowing journey.

The Stunt Man is a complex and multilayered film. It requires multiple viewings in order to catch all of the subtleties and nuances. As the film progresses we see Cameron placed into various stunt scenes, each one more dangerous than the last. Is Eli Cross trying to kill him? The film is a fascinating battle of psychological mind games. Cameron's perception of reality becomes skewed with the fantasy world of filmmaking as he becomes less able to distinguish until the final frame. We the viewer are also constantly confused as the film makes many unpredictable twists and turns with it's convoluted plot. Peter O'Toole is perfect as the flamboyant, megalomanical filmmaker. No one else could to the role justice and bring that much class to the part. Barbara Hershey is also good as the lead actress of Eli Cross' film who becomes romantically involved with Cameron. I have many favorite scenes from the movie. Especially the crash course in stunt work Cameron is given by the lead stunt man played by Chuck Bail, a real life former stunt man. Director Rush has seamlessly balanced pathos with humor to create a unique film of epic proportions. It is a film that the viewer must discipline oneself in order to watch.....but what a payoff.

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