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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 »

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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
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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

Hal Needham said on a radio show that he decided he wanted a shot from the point-of-view of the stuntman doing the motorcycle stunt that opens the film but the stuntman had already left for the day; so Needham put on pads over his street clothes and did the gag himself. The footage was not used, after all. See more »

Goofs

When Sonny and Ski escape the cop (with the jet car) you hear the cop yell, "Great God Almighty!" but if you look into the rear view mirror his mouth isn't moving. See more »

Quotes

Sonny Hooper: I'm gonna find the guy who invented Xylocaine and kiss his ass on Hollywood and Vine!
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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 Sand Castle (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

A Player, A Pawn, A Hero, A King
(uncredited)
Written by Stewart Harris
Sung by Tammy Wynette
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Whenever you feel a little down ....... Just watch "HOOPER"
9 February 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Hooper" is one of the most upbeat films I've ever seen. Everyone in the movie is so positive. The stunt men believe they can do the stunts, the director believes in getting the big shot, and everyone seems to be having a great time. You can't help but be entertained. The chemistry between Burt Reynolds and Sally Field is believable, and some interesting supporting actors make major contributions to the fun. Even Terry Bradshaw and Robert Tessier in the barroom brawl are memorable. So the next time you are feeling a little down, I recommend watching "Hooper" for immediate relief, because everybody loves a good time and a good movie. - MERK


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