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February 2000 (USA) See more »
Documentary about the making of this 1980 action/drama about a fugitive hiding out as a movie stuntman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Rush ... Narrator

Peter O'Toole ... Himself

Steve Railsback ... Himself

Barbara Hershey ... Herself
Charles Bail ... Himself

Sharon Farrell ... Herself
Mario Tosi ... Himself
Nelson Tyler ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rona Barrett ... Herself (archive footage)

Lance Guest
Yang Lin

Regis Philbin ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Richard Rush 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Rush 

Produced by
Bart Pierce .... producer
Richard Rush .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Bruce Schermer 
Film Editing by
Christopher S. Baird  (as Chris Baird)
Laurie King 
Lyn Leonard 
Bart Pierce 
Lisa Willinger 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Rush .... camera operator: second unit
Other crew
Herb Berlin .... voice-over
Gérard Ismaël .... voice-over
Gary Jones .... guerilla crew
Tim Kiser .... guerilla crew
Bart Pierce .... voice-over
Claude Rush .... guerilla crew
Dorie Taylor .... voice-over
Paul Lewis .... special thanks

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112 min | Canada:114 min
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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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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Insightful but overlong "Making of" docu, 9 July 2001
Author: EnvyYouProductions from Munich, Germany

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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