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Hooper (1978)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 28 July 1978 (USA)
Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

Director:

Hal Needham

Writers:

Thomas Rickman (screenplay), Bill Kerby (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Sonny Hooper
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Ski
Sally Field ... Gwen
Brian Keith ... Jocko
John Marley ... Max Berns
Robert Klein ... Roger Deal
James Best ... Cully
Adam West ... Adam
Alfie Wise Alfie Wise ... Tony
Terry Bradshaw ... Sherman
Norman Grabowski ... Hammerhead (as Norm Grabowski)
George Furth ... Bidwell
Jim Burk Jim Burk ... Jimbo
Don 'Red' Barry ... Sheriff
Princess O'Mahoney Princess O'Mahoney ... Wanda
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Storyline

Aging stuntman Sonney Hooper is still on top as one of the best stuntmen in the business. But up and coming Ski is starting to do bigger and better stunts. Hooper has the experience to setup a stunt safely, and Ski lacks the common sense to know when a stunt is too dangerous. Maybe together, along with their fun loving buddies, they can do a stunt together that will surpass anything that anyone has done. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

The greatest stuntman alive! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Stuntman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$78,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Roger Deal (Robert Klein)'s last lines - about film being "little pieces of time" - are a paraphrase of remarks by Peter Bogdanovich. In fact, the director character was based on Bogdanovich. See more »

Goofs

After the bar fight at the Palamino, everyone is at Hooper's place viewing his 'highlight reel'. In the airplane-transfer scene, the lettering on both airplanes is reversed (mirror image). See more »

Quotes

Max Berns: You guys look like garbage.
Sonny Hooper: You should see through my eyes, it's metro color.
Cully: I've got just a little headache. You think we're bad you should see the guys...
Sonny Hooper: [Slaps Cully] Dont yell in my ear! Jesus Christ.
[Belches]
Cully: [Hears something coming towards them, it's Ski on a motorized skateboard] What the hell is that? Look what's coming.
Sonny Hooper: [Covers his ears] Stop that thing! Shoot it! Kill it!
Ski: [Holds up a breakfast burrito] want some breakfast?
Sonny Hooper: [Belches] Oh God, get that circumcised will you.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from stunts performed in the movie are shown over the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

TV versions have included numerous outtakes which include a much longer party scene following the fight at the Palomino Club in which: Ski discusses his marital woes with Gwen in Hooper's kitchen (a dropped subplot); an awake, and very rowdy, crowd views "stunt reels" culled from "Deliverance"; and Jocko and Sonny have a lengthier sunrise discussion about babies. Later on, Sonny and Ski also get into a hairy fistfight outside of Sonny's trialer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stuntman (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooper
Sung and Written by Bent Myggen
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A refreshing Reynolds sleepwalk
29 May 2003 | by wperkinsSee all my reviews

You're not going to find a moving story about a man coming to terms with his own mortality here, but from just a look at the cover of the DVD, you probably weren't expecting it. What we have here is a very pleasant diversion that never takes itself too seriously. Just before things start to get a little too sentimental, someone always jumps off a tall building or flips the car he's driving. Overall, the film has a nice pace. The gags (as in slapstick) are occasionally hilarious, and the gags (as in stunts) are outstanding--I believe this film holds the record for longest rocket car jump. And Burt is his usual self, so utterly unself conscious, he can deliver lines like, "If you don't try to do any stunts, I won't try to do any acting." Make of that what you will. ;-)


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