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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:
I'm gonna get caught gushing! 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 ... 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 (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 scene where the old car crashes off the bridge ("The Old Fair Oaks Bridge) into the river was filmed on the American River in Rancho Cordova and Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, California. When they first tried this the car actually jumped the track to lead it off the bridge and it continued down the bridge. The driver-less car was on a pulley system with a rail on the bridge road to guide it. The driver-less car chased down a few cameramen and crew and took out a camera before it came to rest.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Eli Cross:Nina the actress so fair / Who fancied a man with blond hair. / But Raymond discovers / As he lifts up the covers / That his double - young "Lucky"- is thereSee more »
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Soundtrack:
Bits & PiecesSee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
I'm gonna get caught gushing!, 30 March 2001
Author: youremythrill from Ohio USA

One of my favorite movies of all time. Must admit that I'm a bit biased since Peter O'Toole's one of my favorite actors of all time. This movie has NEVER gotten the attention that it deserves. Maybe that's, in part, due to the difficulties involved in categorizing it. I don't even know in which section of the video store I'd start looking.

Peter O'Toole is so swell in it. I love that enigmatic character, movie director Eli Cross! Like the movie (and O'Toole, for that matter), he's so hard to cubbyhole. You like him, but you don't trust him. Like Cameron/Lucky (Steve Railsback's escaped convict character) does, you NEED to know exactly where his motives lie ... all in good time. You know Cross'll do whatever's necessary to get "the shot", but he's still got a conscience ... right? Would Cameron have been better off (read safer) just staying in jail ... hmmm?

All the action in the film circles around this question and while the viewer (and Cameron) decide what to make of Eli, it's a fun trip through the world of filmmaking (how realistic a trip, I've no idea). Great performances by O'Toole and Railsback, along with Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield, Alex Rocco and Sharon Ferrell add so much to the suspense.

See this movie. You can feel how much fun it was for the cast to make. Look at Eli's devilish grin as he tries to soothe Lucky's worries. Try to imagine how many other movies have you sympathizing for an escaped convict. And don't worry if you don't know what to make of mad genius filmmaker Eli Cross because nobody else does either, and if they do, they ain't talkin' ... that might spoil the movie!

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