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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 & 8 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 ... 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)
 
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:
Director Richard Rush has said of this movie in a 2001 interview with Paul Hupfield: "I was lecturing at a university film school to a bunch of potential film students and asked them if any of them had seen my films. I started with Color of Night (1994), and I'd say about 80 hands went up out of a room of about 200 kids. Then I asked if anyone had seen The Stunt Man (1980), the film I actually wanted to talk to them about, and only two hands went up. Two hands in a room of 200! I thought, 'Oh boy, my film is totally lost on this generation...'."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The car used in the main "driving off the bridge" scene is consistently described as a Duesenberg, but it has the well known Mercedes-Benz hood ornament.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 Dead End (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bits & PiecesSee more »

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17 out of 21 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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