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On a movie location shoot, someone is killing the stuntman.
rm9194529 January 2002
This neat little sleeper of a movie, which is a pre-cursor to the more mainstream THE STUNTMAN, grabs you from the first few minutes and takes you on a wild ride right up to the end. When stuntman Greg Wilson (Gary Davis) meets a grisly end while on location with a film company, his brother Glen (Robert Forster) shows up to complete the film in his place, and find out what really happened.

Several more stuntmen meet their demise and it's really looking bad for the Special Effects man Pete Lustig (Richard Lynch). Lustig is a strange fellow to be sure, but is he capable of cold-blooded murder? The surviving stuntmen seem to think so as the bodies continue to pile up.

Meanwhile reporter BJ Parswell (Fiona Lewis) arrives to do a story on the mysterious deaths and finds herself right in the middle of it all. The action-packed ending will have you on the edge of your seat as the killer is finally revealed.

I liked this film, it wasn't as good as THE STUNTMAN, but not bad either. Forster, who resembles Robert Blake, is great as tough guy Glen. You find yourself rooting for him to find the real killer. Lynch does a fine job as the creepy, lone-wolf Lustig, yet he has such a sad, puppy-dog quality to him that you find yourself hoping he's not the one. It's hard to hate someone who seems so lonely and left out. And Lewis is superb as the bitchy reporter who turns out to be pretty nice and who ends up helping to solve the mystery.
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An excellent, underrated and unjustly overlooked B-movie murder mystery thriller sleeper
Woodyanders9 August 2006
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The always terrific and charismatic Robert ("Alligator") Forster gives a typically fine and engaging performance as a gutsy ace veteran stuntman who's working on a troubled low-budget action picture that's being plagued by the unusual and alarming "accidental" deaths of several other stuntmen performing dangerous gags for the film. Director Mark ("Night of the Running Man") Lester, working from a smart and compelling script by Dennis Johnson and Barney Cohen, expertly maintains a steady pace throughout, stages the plentiful superb and stirring stunts with considerable brio and skill, and offers an intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of a down'n'dirty indie feature. The first-rate cast of familiar B-movie faces qualifies as another substantial asset: Fiona ("The Fury") Lewis as a feisty journalist doing an article on the crazy stunt profession, Bruce ("Walking Tall") Glover, Joanna ("The Glove") Cassidy and Ray ("The Idolmaker") Sharkey as fellow courageous stunt people, Richard ("God Told Me To") Lynch as the special effects coordinator, Candice ("Summer School Teachers") Rialson as a flirtatious stuck-up harlot of a starlet, and Darrell ("Blood Beach") Fetty as an eager beaver production assistant. Bruce ("Jackson County Jail") Logan's crisp cinematography, Michael Kamen's thrilling, melodic score, and the groovy theme song are all likewise up to snuff. A very cool and undeservedly neglected little sleeper that's a funky 70's drive-in flick precursor to the very similar (and stupendous) "The Stuntman."
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Stunt packed, but unexceptional 70s movie.
BA_Harrison22 November 2006
In the late 70s and early 80s, action films didn't rely on CGI to wow the audiences; stunts were what packed in the crowds—real stunts performed by real stuntmen.

Anything with cars flying 30 feet through the air would be guaranteed to fill the theatres and the limits were pushed by these 'fall guys' as to what they would do in order to impress. Stunts—AKA 'Who Is Killing the Stuntmen?' AKA 'The Deadly Game' (UK video title)—tells of one such guy, Glen Wilson (Robert Forster), who becomes involved in the making of a movie after his brother mysteriously dies performing a stunt. Suspecting foul play, he searches for clues between filming, aided by a feisty female reporter (Fiona Lewis).

Director Mark L. Lester, who later helmed the 80s 'classics' Class of 1984 and Commando, packs the film with all manner of death defying feats, but struggles to make anything special from the run-of-the-mill script. Despite a good performance from the ever-reliable Forster and good support from a raft B-movie regulars (including the great Richard Lynch), the result feels very much like a made-for-TV movie, and lacks the grittiness I was hoping for.

Stunts is enjoyable on a nostalgic level (if you love the vibe of 70s flicks, then there is some fun to be had from the movie's general atmosphere), and it does contain a few fairly impressive action sequences, but I found that, even at a running time of less than an hour and a half, the film only just managed to keep my attention.
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Disappointing look at the stunt profession
Wizard-86 February 2013
In the 1960s, Robert Forster was starring in major studio movies like "Medium Cool" and "Reflections In A Golden Eye". But something happened to his career, and by 1977 he was appearing in low budget product like this movie. All the same, Forster gives a pretty credible performance, and the general level of acting by the other performers is acceptable. But it's hard to think of anything else positive about this movie. There are a number of stunt sequences, but they come off as just okay at best, routine at their worst. The main problem is with the script. Forster's character is supposed to be investigating his brother's death as well as the deaths of other stuntmen, but he hardly does any investigating at all. Most of the movie is obvious padding, and the revelation of the culprit only seems to come because the movie can't be padded out any more. Only if you're desperate.
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Some Behind the Scenes Curiosity but as an Action-Drama Not Much
LeonLouisRicci12 July 2016
With All Due Respect to the Stuntman Profession and the Death Defying Daring-Do, this Movie is a Bland, but sometimes Realistic Tribute.

The Subject is usually better in a Documentary Format and it is a Noble Try to make it into an Action-Drama, but at least in this one, it comes off as Cheesy and Surprisingly Ineffective and the Drama here is just Awful.

Awful Writing, Awful Music, Awful Mystery. What saves the Movie from being Worthless is the On Screen setting up of the various Stunts with attention to Details about the Methods and Machines used to Pull Off the Magic.

These Scenes are well Photographed and Clearly Presented and the Mechanics behind the Stunts is Informative and Invites Viewer Curiosity. But other than that the Movie Strains to be a Movie and is as Intriguing as an Average TV Episode of an Average TV Show.

Robert Forster, Joanne Cassidy, and some Real Stunt Men make every Effort to Entertain but are Betrayed by a Boring Script and a General Feeling of just Going Through the Motions.

It's Baffling Lack of Energy and Suspense has to be Laid at the Feet of the Writer and the Director who Produce a Movie Homage about Movie Stuntmen and if the Movie Itself was a Stunt, Everyone would call for a Do Over.
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Well-done B movie
gridoon201810 February 2013
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"Stunts" is a combination of action movie and murder mystery that works well both ways: there are some truly impressive stunts (duh!), but the mystery plot ain't bad, either (I was almost certain about the person who was behind the killings based on Roger Ebert's "Law Of Economy Of Characters"....I was wrong). The actors give understated performances and create believable characters. Joanna Cassidy, in one of her first roles, has the one big physical and emotional outburst in a bar, showing hints of the talent that has kept her career going for more than four decades. The efforts of many real-life stuntmen (like Gary Davis, who plays Robert Forster's brother) guarantee the stunts' authenticity and legitimacy. **1/2 out of 4.
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rodrig589 November 2017
I have seen this one many times, every time I enjoy it, simple good story, good acting, stunts in stunts, beautiful women, Fiona Lewis, Joanna Cassidy and Candice Rialson. And, a very special presence, the unique face of Richard Lynch, great personality, even in a secondary role. Nice music, and great end..."just like in the movies" Well done!
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I'm in this for the money not the pain
kapelusznik1814 July 2016
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***SPOILERS*** A number of accident have been occurring during the filming of this action movie that has stunt man Glen Wilson, Robert Forster, suspect that their no accidents at all but being committed, by acts of sabotage, someone on the set. This all started when Glen's younger brother a stuntman himself Greg, Gary Davis, was killed in a stunt, hanging on to a helicopter, that went terribly wrong and fell to his death. Now taking Greg's place in the movie Glen is risking his life to find out if his suspicions are right and is soon in for a big surprise! Not that he's not only right he dead right with what's waiting for him as his fellow stunt men working on the movie!

It soon becomes evident that someone is out to not only kill , by staging accidents, all the stuntmen in the movie but is trying to bankrupt the person or studio that's financing it! Glen with the help of magazine writer B.J Parswell, Fiona Lewis, came to that conclusion when stuntman Chuck Johnson, Bruce Glover, fell to his death when he slipped off the rope that was greased that he was holding on to as well as stuntman Paul Salerno,Ray Sharkey, was burned to a crisp in another failed stunt when he was locked in a burning house that Glen in a fire resistant outfit escaped from.

***SPOILERS**** With Glen ready to duplicate his dead brother Greg's hanging on to a helicopter death defying stunt that the killer, who just before beat his wife into a black & blue pulp, was exposed but by then it may have come too late with Glen already airborne and about to take his final dive! In fact it was the killer who gets the worst of it with Glen landing in his getaway car and during the struggle having him run off the road into a mobile home when he ended up incinerating himself. That last scene was so good even though it wasn't to be in the movie that it ended up not only being the highlight of the film but saved it from going bust or bankrupt!
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Believable film about stunt work without the Hollywood Hype
oscar-355 June 2008
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A veteran stuntman travels from one film to another doing his stunt work. When his brother dies performing a stunt, he suspects foul play, and takes his brother's place on the film to investigate. Stars- Robert Forster. A decent film about working on the movies filmed on location in San Luis Obispo. Features locations around the Madonna Inn. Good casting and a good dramatic 'who done it' script worthy of Columbo or Monk. Robert Forster puts in another believable and tough-guy role that works. The actors put on a believable acting job with many '70's favorites of TV. A respectable film, very reminiscent of the San Diego shot film starring British Peter O'Toole titled 'The Stunt Man'.
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