A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.
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>
The climactic huge stunt sequence, referred to by the crew as "Damnation Alley," was staged at the by-that-time-disused Northington General Hospital, a World War II military hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which had also been used as married-student housing by The University of Alabama. After most of the hospital buildings (including a large smokestack) were blown up or otherwise demolished for the filming, the lot was cleared and the University Mall complex was built on the site. See more »
When Sonny is taking the lift to the rooftop, he is inside the basket. The very next shot he is riding on the outside. See more »
Outtakes from stunts performed in the movie are shown over the closing credits. See more »
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 »
Burt Reynolds is great playing the stuntman. This movie is mostly about learning from the pro. Hooper describes himself well to the rookie stuntman and at the end he puts the director "in his place". Now "Smokey and the Bandit" a year earlier was a complete riot, and it left me in stitches. "Hooper" was a little on the tamer side which indeed spare a few laughs or more. The chemistry was great with Sally Field and him, and James Best was great before getting his role as Roscoe P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard". This movie got a thrill you can spill! 9 out of 10.
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