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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:
Strange film.... 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)
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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 (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)
Gary Fettis .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
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
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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 American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declined approval to allow director Richard Rush's production filming of an early 20th century bi-plane near the Hotel del Coronado shooting location. According to Paul Tatara at the TCMDb, "Eventually, Rush secured the right to land the plane at a nearby Naval base, then Bail, who volunteered to fly the antique aircraft, 'developed radio trouble' and lost contact with the closest control tower, at which point the plane mysteriously began to 'stall' directly over the hotel. Bail then performed a handful of diving runs and machine gun passes while Rush filmed him with five strategically located cameras".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Eli pulls Cameron onto the crane, Eli's arm wraps around him and stays wrapped around him for the rest of Cameron's closeups even though Eli has removed the arm to tell Cameron to look into his camera.See more »
Quotes:
Cameron:[after demonstrating a leap for Chuck] My specialty's the broad jump.
Chuck Barton:[angrily] And Burt's specialty was drowning!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tales from the Script (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
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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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