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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:
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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 ... Police Chief Jake

Sharon Farrell ... Denise

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

John Garwood ... Gabe
Jim Hess ... Henry
John Pearce ... Garage Guard
Michael Railsback ... Burt
George Wallace ... Nina's Father
Dee Carroll ... Nina's Mother
Leslie Winograde ... Nina's Sister
Don Kennedy ... Lineman
Whitey Hughes ... Eli's Assistant Director

Walter Robles ... Eli's Assistant Director
A.J. Bakunas ... Eli's Script Clerk
Roberto Caruso ... Cop #1
Frank Avila ... Cop #2
Stafford Morgan ... FBI Agent Thompson
John Alderman ... Carlbinarri
Jack Palinkas ... Technician
James Garrett ... Technician #2 (as Cecil Brittain)
Garrett McPherson ... Tourist
Nelson Tyler ... Elk's Crane Cameraman
Louis Gartner ... Brothel Man #1
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)
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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 
 
Film Editing by
Caroline Biggerstaff 
Jack Hofstra 
 
Art Direction by
James L. Schoppe 
 
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
 
Art Department
Gary Fettis .... assistant property master
Douglas E. Madison .... property master
 
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
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer
James M. Tanenbaum .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
David Domeyer .... special effects
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman
Milt Rice .... head special effects
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts
A.J. Bakunas .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
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
Al Jones .... stunts (as Alton Leo Jones)
John Kazian .... wing walker
Tom Morga .... stunts
Regis Parton .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunts
Charles Bail .... stunts (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Robert .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William L. Asman .... camera operator
Peter J. Breen .... dolly grip
Bob Fillis .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bob Fillis .... best boy
Tim Griffith .... chief lighting technician
Tim Griffith .... gaffer
Frank M. Holgate .... underwater photography
Terry Kempf .... electrician
Joel King .... camera operator
Robin Krause .... still photographer
Michael E. Matteson .... grip
Jack Palinkas .... key grip
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: additional camera
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photography
 
Editorial Department
Andy Blumenthal .... assistant editor
Diego Borghello .... colorist: digitally restored version
John Carnochan .... assistant editor
Dolly Gordon .... assistant editor
Robert Leader .... editorial coordinator
Ryan Noto .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... co-music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Gary Paulsen .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
James S. Appleby .... head pilot: WWI-planes (as Jim Appleby)
Dessie Markovsky .... post production supervisor
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Emile Razpopov .... post production coordinator
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production executive (as Alicia Alon)
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor
Dean Westgaard .... parachutist
 

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Runtime:
131 min
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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

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Trivia:
The movie was part of a 1970s cycle of works which were about stunt-work and the stunt profession in movie-making. In his book "Cult Movies 3", Danny Peary says in his piece on The Stunt Man (1980) that "there had been a proliferation of theatrical and television films about stuntmen". The films include Hooper (1978), L'animal (1977), Evel Knievel (1971) (1971), Stunt Rock (1980), Evel Knievel (1974) (TV) (1974), Dare Devils (1973), Death Cheaters (1976), Stunts (1977), Viva Knievel! (1977), Superstunt (1977) (TV), Death Riders (1976) and The Stunt Man (1980).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cameron does a somersault, his position changes as he comes out of the roll.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tales from the Script (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bits & PiecesSee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Strange film...., 15 September 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

When I first saw THE STUNT MAN, I was very enthusiastic about the film and raved about it to anyone who might be interested. I've watched it twice with some friends since, but they weren't very enthusiastic about it, so I can imagine that for many people it won't pay off. It's an ingeniously constructed film that takes some patience and attention to watch. Made by the erratic Richard Rush, this was his pet project for nine years. Although the direction is fine, it's mostly a virtuoso piece of scripting (credited to Rush and Lawrence B. Marcus, based on Paul Brodeur's novel) that makes this such a special film.

A short plot outline: Fugitive Cameron (Railsback) stumbles onto a movie set where megalomaniac director Eli Cross (O'Toole) promises to hide from the police if he replaces his ace stunt man, who got killed earlier on the set in a freak accident while filming a scene. Is Eli trying to capture Cameron's death on film while he is performing a stunt? Reality and imagination soon blur when Cameron grows increasingly paranoid because Eli Cross doesn't let anything or anybody get in the way of shooting his masterpiece the way he wants. He doesn't seem to care about human life, as long as his movie is shot in the way he wants it.

Railsback is an odd choice for the main role but apparently the makers wanted a "low-key" actor for the main part. Barbara Hershey gives a great performance but without Peter O'Toole's tour-de-force performance, I doubt if the film would have worked as well as it did, especially with such a challenging and multi-layered script. He delivers his lines with such vigor that you cannot look away, a grand performance by perhaps my favorite actor off all time. Such a pity that his (later) career mainly consisted of mediocre films at best and some disastrous ones, sadly... I cannot imagine this kind of film being made in Hollywood today and even back then it might be called a small miracle it got made in the first place, let alone released (in fact, it sat on the shelf for two years before release). Perhaps it's all a little too ambitious at times but with a cast like this and such a dazzling script, it's definitely worth the effort.

The DVD-release by Anchor Bay comes with an extra disc loaded with extra's. Lots of interviews, including one with O'Toole and a very peculiar - almost two-hour (!) - documentary about the making of the film, presented by Rush himself, almost worth seeing in itself.

Camera Obscura - 8/10

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