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The Stunt Man (1980)

A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out and falls for the leading lady.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay), Richard Rush (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Eli Cross
Steve Railsback ... Cameron
Barbara Hershey ... Nina Franklin
Allen Garfield ... Sam (as Allen Goorwitz)
Alex Rocco ... Jake
Sharon Farrell ... Denise
Adam Roarke ... Raymond Bailey
Philip Bruns ... Ace
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Chuck Barton
John Garwood ... Gabe / Eli's cameraman
Jim Hess Jim Hess ... Henry / Eli's camera assistant
John Pearce John Pearce ... Garage Guard (as John B. Pearce)
Michael Railsback Michael Railsback ... Burt
George Wallace ... Father (as George D. Wallace)
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Mother
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Storyline

While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director (Peter O'Toole) he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the movie is an interesting twist for the viewer as the two blend in individual scenes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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You're never more vulnerable than when you know too much. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le diable en boîte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,063,886
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, when actor Peter O'Toole first read the movie's script a few years prior to the film getting made, O'Toole said to director Richard Rush "I am an articulate, intelligent man. I read the screenplay and if you don't give me the part I will kill you". A similar "I will kill you" line of dialogue is said by O'Toole's director character in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The car used in the main "driving off the bridge" scene is consistently described as a Duesenberg, but it has the well known Mercedes-Benz hood ornament. See more »

Quotes

Cameron: [after completing stunt] That was the hardest thousand dollars I ever earned.
Eli Cross: [Later... Starts to turn away, then turns back] Thousand dollars? What thousand dollars?
Cameron: [curt] The stunt.
Eli Cross: The stunt pays six-fifty.
Cameron: [angrily] No. Chuck said the stunt paid a thousand dollars.
Eli Cross: [dismissing him] Chuck could have promised you the Nobel Prize. The stunt pays six-fifty.
Cameron: [shouting] The stunt pays a thousand dollars. Chuck told me. You insulted me again.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits end, the movie-within-a-movie director (played by Peter O'Toole) yells, "Sam, rewrite the opening reel! Crush the little bastard in the first act!" And then he laughs during the fade-out. See more »

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Soundtracks

Bits & Pieces
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Dusty Springfield
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The best film of the 1980's.
3 April 2000 | by captnemoSee all my reviews

I was prepared to dislike this film when I heard that it was going to replace the incredible "Empire Strikes Back." What I got was shock. Here was something different, something innovative in style and technique, something amazing. Vader and his gang were soon forgotten as I got caught up in the suspense (Will Cameron survive?), the comedy, the incredible dialogue, and one of the best soundtracks ever put on film. I fell in love with Barbara Hershey all over again after too long an absence. O'Toole was Oscar-worthy, and robbed of one. Richard Rush pulled a one-of-a-kind out of his hat, ala "Citizen Kane." He has never been near this level before or since. This must be watched several times in order to see and hear everything. There are so many subtle touches that are brilliant that I still find them 20 years and 30+ viewings later. A must for anyone who wants to know good film great. No doubt about this one. A "10" out of "10." No film was better(or as good) in the 1980's (or 90's for that matter.)


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