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The Stunt Man ()


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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.

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations.
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Eli Cross
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Cameron
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Nina Franklin
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Sam (as Allen Goorwitz)
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Jake
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Denise
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Raymond Bailey
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Ace
Charles Bail ...
Chuck Barton
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Gabe / Eli's cameraman
Jim Hess ...
Henry / Eli's camera assistant
John Pearce ...
Garage Guard (as John B. Pearce)
Michael Railsback ...
Burt
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Father (as George D. Wallace)
Dee Carroll ...
Mother
Leslie Winograde ...
Sister
Don Kennedy ...
Lineman
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Eli's A.D.
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Eli's A.D.
A.J. Bakunas ...
Eli's Script Clerk
Roberto Caruso ...
1st Cop (as Robert Caruso)
Frank Avila ...
2nd Cop
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Thompson F.B.I.
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Carlbinerri
Jack Palinkas ...
Technician
James Garrett ...
2nd Technician (as Cecil Brittain)
Garrett McPherson ...
Tourist
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Eli's Crane Cameraman
Louis Gartner ...
1st Brothel Man (as Louie Gartner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Joseph Arno ...
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Man Playing Pinball (uncredited)
Frank Beetson ...
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(uncredited)
Chance Boyer ...
Kid in Cemetery (uncredited)
Deanna Dae Coleman ...
Stunt Crew (uncredited)
Larry Dunn ...
Stunt Crew (uncredited)
Don Hayden ...
WWI German Soldier (uncredited)
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Pretty Woman (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds ...
Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Gordon Ross ...
(uncredited)
Marion Wayne ...
(uncredited)
Leigh Webb ...
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Directed by

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Richard Rush

Written by

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Lawrence B. Marcus ... (screenplay)
 
Richard Rush ... (adaptation)
 
Paul Brodeur ... (novel)

Produced by

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Paul Lewis ... associate producer
Richard Rush ... producer
Melvin Simon ... executive producer

Music by

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Dominic Frontiere

Cinematography by

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Mario Tosi ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Caroline Biggerstaff ... (as Caroline Ferriol)
Jack Hofstra

Editorial Department

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Andy Blumenthal ... assistant editor
John Carnochan ... assistant editor
Dolly Gordon ... assistant editor
Vicki Hiatt ... post-production assistant
Robert Leader ... editorial coordinator
Geoffrey Edwards ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ryan Noto ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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James L. Schoppe ... (as James Shoppe)

Set Decoration by

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Richard Spero

Costume Design by

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Rosanna Norton

Makeup Department

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Ken Chase ... makeup designer
Tom Lucas ... makeup artist
Marina Pedraza ... hair stylist
Richard Blair ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Frank Beetson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Beetson ... first assistant director
Paula Marcus ... second assistant director
Richard H. Prince ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gary Fettis ... assistant props
Roger Irvin ... construction coordinator
Donald Krafft ... lead man
Michel Levesque ... assistant art director
Douglas E. Madison ... property master (as Douglas Madison)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Jeff Bushelman ... sound effects
Les Fresholtz ... re-recording mixer
Cal Marks ... boom operator
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi ... re-recording mixer
James M. Tanenbaum ... sound mixer (as Jim Tanenbaum)
Lee Strosnider ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Milt Rice ... head special effects
David Domeyer ... special effects (uncredited)
Mike Edmonson ... special effects foreman (uncredited)

Stunts

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Phil Adams ... stunts
A.J. Bakunas ... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett ... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Gary Baxley ... stunts
Wayne Berg ... stunt pilot
Norman Blankenship ... stunts (as Norm Blankenship)
Hank Calia ... stunts
Deanna Dae Coleman ... stunts
Erik Cord ... stunts
Ted Duncan ... stunts
Larry Dunn ... stunts
Kenny Endoso ... stunts
Whitey Hughes ... stunts
Gray Johnson ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Mike Johnson ... stunts (as John Michael Johnson)
Al Jones ... stunts (as Alton Leo Jones)
John Kazian ... wing walker
Tom Morga ... stunts
Regis Parton ... stunts (as Reggie Parten)
Don Pulford ... stunts
Walter Robles ... stunts
Dick Warlock ... stunts
James Winburn ... stunts (as James B. Winborn)
Charles Bail ... stunts (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Robert ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter J. Breen ... dolly grip (as Peter Breen)
Bob Fillis ... best boy
Tim Griffith ... gaffer
Joe Harada ... still photographer
Tad Harrier ... best boy grip
Frank M. Holgate ... underwater photography (as Frank Holgate)
Joel King ... camera operator
Robin Krause ... still photographer
Barry Oiffer ... assistant camera
Jack Palinkas ... key grip
Ronald Vidor ... assistant camera (as Ron Vidor)
William L. Asman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Tim Griffith ... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Terry Kempf ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael E. Matteson ... grip (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: additional camera (uncredited)
Nelson Tyler ... aerial photography (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Judy Bell ... extras casting

Music Department

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Laurie Higgins Tobias ... co-music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Gary Paulsen ... transportation captain

Other crew

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James S. Appleby ... head pilot: WWI-planes (as Jim Appleby)
Jorge A. Cano ... Crafty
Dan Perri ... title designer: main titles
Ross Reynolds ... helicopter pilot
Terry Terrill ... script supervisor
Susan Title ... production coordinator
Dean Westgaard ... parachutist
Dessie Markovsky ... post production supervisor (uncredited)
Emile Razpopov ... post production coordinator (uncredited)
Alicia Rivera Frankl ... production executive (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "If God could do the things that we can do, he'd be a happy man . . ." See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Stuntman (World-wide, English title)
  • Le diable en boîte (France)
  • Profesión: El especialista (Spain)
  • Med livet som indsats (Denmark)
  • Каскадьорът (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Richard Rush has said of this movie in a 2001 interview with Paul Hupfield: "I was lecturing at a university film school to a bunch of potential film students and asked them if any of them had seen my films. I started with Color of Night (1994), and I'd say about 80 hands went up out of a room of about 200 kids. Then I asked if anyone had seen The Stunt Man (1980), the film I actually wanted to talk to them about, and only two hands went up. Two hands in a room of 200! I thought, 'Oh boy, my film is totally lost on this generation...'." See more »
Goofs Just before jumping into the water to rescue Nina, Cameron is already all wet. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Awakening/One-Trick Pony/The Stunt Man/The First Deadly Sin (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Bits & Pieces See more »
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 »
Quotes Eli Cross: [after a cameraman says cut because there's only 22 seconds of film left] In 22 seconds, I could break your fucking spine. In 22 seconds, I could pinch your head off like a fucking insect and spin it all over the fucking pavement. In 22 seconds, I could put 22 bullets inside your ridiculous gut. What I seem unable to do in 22 seconds is to keep you from fucking up my film!
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