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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:

It just ain't summer without Burt! 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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jocko Doyle: You oughta drink more. Nothing hurts when you're numb.
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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

Features The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) 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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NOT BAD FOR A STUNT MOVIE!
20 September 2003 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

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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