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The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' (2000)

Documentary about the making of this 1980 action/drama about a fugitive hiding out as a movie stuntman.




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A Vietnam vet and former social radical is conflicted by his desire to become a teacher and his sympathy with anti-establishment student protests.

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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other, somewhat more respectable, members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensue.

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A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Mad bikers storm through an Indian reservation just to have a good ol' time.

Director: Richard Rush
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

At first, gas station attendant Poet is happy when the Hell's Angels gang finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns just how brutal they are.

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A wheelchair-bound mad scientist plots to revive the Third Reich. Secret agent Dick Dagger is assigned to stop him.

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Unmarried teenage lovers turn to desperate measures after their clandestine tryst results in an unplanned pregnancy.

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The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.

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A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper


Credited cast:
Charles Bail ...
Mario Tosi ...
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Rona Barrett ...
Herself (archive footage)
Yang Lin
Himself (archive footage)


Narrated by director Richard Rush, this made-for-video documentary treats action fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Stuntman, about a fugitive who hides out from the law by taking a job as a movie stuntman. Features interviews with stars Peter O'Toole and Barbara Hershey, along with the rest of the cast and crew of the film, who share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it all together. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This documentary is featured in the 2-Disc Limited Edition DVD set for The Stunt Man (1980). See more »


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Insightful but overlong "Making of" docu
9 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Whatever happened to director Richard Rush? Honestly said: he sank into the nexus of Hollywood's forgotten talents. Those who actually know his film THE STUNTMAN starring Peter O'Toole and liked it, will be interested in THE SINISTER SAGA..., a 20-years-after Making-of... that gives a refreshingly unique insight into Hollywood politics, rather than explaining for the umpteenth time how a stunt evolves. Rush himself narrates the film, meeting colleagues and cast from his film (O'Toole, B. Hershey etc.). The voice of the film is poignant but bitter. Rush has only made one more film (COLOR OF NIGHT) since battling windmills with THE STUNTMAN.

Although THE SINISTER SAGA... is highly informative and fairly entertaining, its feature length asks for a lot of patience. The film is crudely edited, obviously on semi-pro equipment. The director's comments vary from sarcastic to self-celebration, repeatedly reciting past critiques, clearly wondering WHY his talent never got the wide recognition Rush claims to deserve. Still, THE SINISTER SAGA... is a substantial eye witness comment on Hollywood that goes under the surface, thus worth a look.

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