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The Stunt Man (1980)

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.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay), Richard Rush (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Charles Bail ... Chuck Barton
John Garwood ... Gabe / Eli's cameraman
Jim Hess Jim Hess ... Henry / Eli's camera assistant
John Pearce John Pearce ... Garage Guard (as John B. Pearce)
Michael Railsback Michael Railsback ... Burt
George Wallace ... Father (as George D. Wallace)
Dee Carroll ... Mother
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Storyline

While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director (Peter O'Toole) he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the movie is an interesting twist for the viewer as the two blend in individual scenes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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You're never more vulnerable than when you know too much. See more »


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Trivia

All the major American film distributors rejected to distribute this picture. The producers then sneak previewed the picture itself in Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona and Columbus, Ohio. It then played at the Dallas Film Festival, and had test runs in Seattle and a theater near the UCLA campus in Westwood. It then opened in ten Los Angeles theaters in California. After it won the big prize at the Montreal Film Festival, 20th Century Fox picked up the picture for distribution in the USA. See more »

Goofs

One minute, Cameron is on a bridge in the town of Fair Oaks, California, and Eli Cross is in a helicopter observing him. Then, inexplicably, they're all in San Diego, California, over 100 miles to the southwest. See more »

Quotes

Cameron: I knew daredevils, and I ain't got nothin' against them, it's just they're all dead.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits end, the movie-within-a-movie director (played by Peter O'Toole) yells, "Sam, rewrite the opening reel! Crush the little bastard in the first act!" And then he laughs during the fade-out. See more »

Connections

References Marat/Sade (1967) See more »

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Bits & Pieces
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Dusty Springfield
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a comedy with some ideas
11 January 2002 | by hbsSee all my reviews

This movie is a slightly surreal comedy about moviemaking. It's told with the perspective (if not always from the point of view) of a young fugitive who wanders onto the set and gets hired due to various complications. The movie people all seem larger than life to the fugitive, and since he's a little paranoid anyway, their motives seem complex and suspect. Peter O'Toole gives his usual performance, and he's perfect here as the flamboyant director (he must have had a great time sending up some blowhards of his past with this role). Steven Railsback does his usual disoriented guy on the edge, and he does it with a rather touchingly naive quality this time. Barbara Hershey is the leading lady love interest, delivers an intelligent and understated performance, and is appropriately bewitchingly beautiful.

Roger Ebert didn't like this movie, but he got confused into thinking that it was something deeper than a comedy. It's about as deep as "Get Shorty", but with a completely different feel.

The movie holds up pretty well, although the special effects look a little clunky sometimes, and I remember thinking they were pretty good when I saw the movie in its initial release. But the clunkiness isn't really distracting, and since the movie's attempts to "deceive" are all firmly tongue-in-cheek, it doesn't hurt.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,063,886

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,063,886
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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