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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:
Colors splash and re-arrange the sky, and reality...is yours to deny 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
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Reportedly, when actor Peter O'Toole first read the movie's script a few years prior to the film getting made, O'Toole said to director Richard Rush "I am an articulate, intelligent man. I read the screenplay and if you don't give me the part I will kill you". A similar "I will kill you" line of dialogue is said by O'Toole's director character in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cameron does a somersault, his position changes as he comes out of the roll.See more »
Quotes:
Eli Cross:Sam, this picture is my child. What would you say if the studio said your daughter Jennifer would look better with her fingers chopped off?
Sam:Well, being an insecure writer, I'd call my agent and get a second opinion.
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Colors splash and re-arrange the sky, and reality...is yours to deny, 12 September 2006
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

It's called 'subjective reality', children. The fact that the truth depends on the angle you happen to be watching from gives us all our unique, if skewed and unfair, perception on life. We're all puppets in someone else's dastardly play and we never know when that person, that entity, that divine being will cut our strings.

This was director Richard Rush's dream project and it took him nine years to get it on the screen. And, of course, it would! It's multi-layered, original, funny and packed full of story and circumstance that makes you think. Why would any studio want to touch it? Fox even sat on it for two years before giving it a limited release. Even on its umpteenth viewing it delivers again and again, offering new angles and subtle clues.

The viewpoint of this metafictional masterpiece is Cameron (Steve Railsback), a Vietnam vet on the run from the law. He stumbles onto the set of a WWI movie and accidentally kills a stunt driver. The director of the movie is the eccentric and megalomaniacal Eli Cross (Peter O'Toole, in one of his best ever performances), who takes Cameron under his wing and protects him from John Law, as long as he keeps his mouth shut about the accident.

Cameron practices to be a stunt man and takes the place of the man he killed. But as the movie shoot becomes more elaborate and dangerous, he falls in love with the leading lady (Barbara Hershey) and starts to suspect that Eli is trying to capture his death on film.

Although it seems nasty, the movie is wonderfully light-hearted and the outrageous stunt scenes are backed up by an awesome score by Dominic Frontiere. I've been humming that theme since I was 12-years-old when I taped it off Channel 4 in December 1992. I didn't quite get it back then, but I nearly wore out that VHS watching it over and over. A long scene with Cameron running over a rooftop, as biplanes attack and enemy soldiers give chase, is pure joy. There is a great comic sense of humor in watching them trip over each other, fall off, and get blown up.

John Law do not back down on their suspicion of Eli and, through half-heard conversations and eavesdropping, Cameron's paranoia becomes increasingly justified. Because the movie is seen through his eyes we never quite know what is going on with Eli. Is he a madman, or just a crafty director? Would you believe that Peter O'Toole based his performance on his experiences with David Lean? Why he never won an Oscar (it went to Robert DeNiro for Raging Bull)- is beyond me. He truly gives the performance of his career, far exceeding even Laurence of Arabia. It also sucks that Rush never won for Director, or Adapted Screenplay. Had he been awarded the golden statuette, maybe he would have received more recognition. He's clearly a better filmmaker than most of today's hack artists.

You simply have to see The Stunt Man. It's an overlooked gem and, despite the wide praise it received, it has never really reached a large audience. Now is definitely the time to rediscover this forgotten classic.

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