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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 2 nominations. 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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Trivia

The movie that Hooper and Ski are working on is "The Spy Who Laughed at Danger" which is obviously spoofing James Bond movies. The movie title is an obvious spoof on The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as well as the movie's "theme music" which is similar to the Bond movie themes. Three years later, when Hal Needham directed and Burt Reynolds starred in The Cannonball Run (1981), which featured Roger Moore spoofing his James Bond persona, Needham and 20th Century Fox almost got sued by Albert R. Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond movies. See more »

Goofs

When Cully & Hooper are telling Gwen about the upcoming rocket car stunt. Gwen is sitting on the table. The position of her arms keeps changing between camera shots, from her sides to in front of her while she's leaning forward. See more »

Quotes

Singer: Everyone get drunk and be somebody!
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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 Saturday Night Live: Fred Willard/Devo (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

La Virgin De La Macarena
(uncredited)
Music by Bernardino Bautista Monterde
Lyrics by Antonio Ortiz Calero
Lyrics adapted by Dorothy Dodd
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This is SO Burt Reynolds/Sally Field
6 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Well, another funny-profane-interesting-irreverent Burt Reynolds movie of the 1970s. He made so many of these type of films, several with his girlfriend at the time, Sally Field. Almost all of them have the same feel to them.

Field echos Reynolds good looks and bad morals by running around in a tight shirt with her nipples showing and pair of short shorts with a butt sticking out. This is not untypical of the movies in the 1970s, where "freedom" had arrived and many filmmakers abused it. No one had more fun with those low-moral characters than Reynolds (and Fields, I suspect, too).

Yet, I have to admit most of the Reynolds films, including this one, were never boring and usually fun to watch. Being young and a bit immature helped us appreciate these movies back then.


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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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