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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:
A true original comedy that wouldn't get made today. 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:
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's original running time was 150 minutes.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the company dinner, Peter O'Toole puts his fork into some food but when he puts the fork in his mouth there is no food on it but acts as if there was.See more »
Quotes:
Cameron:[after completing stunt] That was the hardest thousand dollars I ever earned.
Eli Cross:[Later... Starts to turn away, then turns back] Thousand dollars? What thousand dollars?
Cameron:[curt] The stunt.
Eli Cross:The stunt pays six-fifty.
Cameron:[angrily] No. Chuck said the stunt paid a thousand dollars.
Eli Cross:[dismissing him] Chuck could have promised you the Nobel Prize. The stunt pays six-fifty.
Cameron:[shouting] The stunt pays a thousand dollars. Chuck told me. You insulted me again.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.189" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bits & PiecesSee more »

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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A true original comedy that wouldn't get made today., 27 August 1999
Author: Pinback-4 from Stockton, California

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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