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Double Dare (2005)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 1

An engaging look at two women fighting to stay employed in a profession dominated by men.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 0

An engaging look at two women fighting to stay employed in a profession dominated by men.



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Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell are two women who get hurt for a living -- they're Hollywood stuntwomen, who take the falls and dodge the punches while taking the place of glamorous stars. Epper's big break came when she was hired to stand in for Lynda Carter on the Wonder Woman television series in the 1970s, while Bell made a name for herself doing Lucy Lawless' stunt work for Xena: Warrior Princess. Double Dare is a documentary which looks at the lives and careers of these two women, as well as

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Double Dare's weaknesses are only so apparent because of its many strengths.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Castellitto, who has won his country's best-actor award twice before, has such a haunting look in his eyes that he doesn't need to chew the scenery to get across his point. Cruz doesn't speak much, but her face screams of the pain that Italia faces.

May 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It provides a frank portrait of women trying to make it in a traditionally male game.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Thin but pleasantly diverting.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A genuine pleasure.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Shows the hardship that women -- especially older women -- must endure in a male-dominated business.

May 6, 2005
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Gives a terrific insider look at the making of action-adventure shows and movies.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Double Dare is more about camaraderie than competition.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters

As far as "human interest" documentaries go, Double Dare is an absolute winner.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source:

A congenial doc.... I wonder if it might have been more interesting if it had widened its scope a bit -- but still, Jeannie and Zoe are likable gals.

May 22, 2005 Full Review Source:

Double Dare remains an entertaining and informative look at a little-known struggle for equality and respect in a physically unforgiving but completely vital Hollywood discipline.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Just as stuntwomen have to do, Double Dare pulls its punches.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[A] fly-in-the-face-of-reality perseverance is the key to the appeal of both the women profiled in the documentary Double Dare.

May 19, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Bell's energy and Epper's perseverance give Double Dare an unstoppable one-two punch.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

[N]ever lets its enormous love and respect for its subjects interfere with its straightforward and clear-eyed observations...

May 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Micheli has enormous respect for these resilient, underappreciated performers. And after spending 81 minutes with the engaging, generous Jeannie and Zoe, it's hard to imagine anyone feeling otherwise.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Entertaining documentary about stuntwomen who do risky business for a living.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Exudes a pleasant, affectionate warmth for its characters.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Double Dare

"Double Dare" is a fun and interesting documentary about stuntwomen who rely on a combination of faith and fearlessness to survive in a field that has long been dominated by men. There is footage comparing stunt work to the finished product which helps illuminate the value of their work. My only major complaint is that there is not a more detailed history of stuntwomen in the documentary.

"Double Dare" focuses on two stuntwomen from two different generations, Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell, who are both in the process of looking for work in the documentary. Mostly known for doubling for Lynda Carter on "Wonder Woman," Epper comes from a family of stuntpeople(Steven Spielberg testifies to the vast amounts of her family working in the fight scene in "1941") and her daughter is also in the business. Even though she is nearing 60, Epper is nowhere near ready to retire, stays in shape, takes time out to donate a kidney and is even considering liposuction to look younger.

Quentin Tarantino to his everloving credit is looking for toughness in casting for "Kill Bill" and for good reason. One of the stuntwomen he is considering is Zoe Bell who up to this point is mostly known for her stuntwork on "Xena: Warrior Princess" which had just gone off the air. Considering her next job, like some of her fellow New Zealanders in show business, she is daunted by the prospect of moving away from home to look for work in Hollywood. The irony is that once satisfied to work behind the scenes, since the documentary was released, she has started to develop a career as an actress.
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