The Stunt Man (1980)
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Cameron is a young veteran who is running from the police when he comes upon a movie set and accidentally causes the death of a stunt man. When Cameron explains his situation to the director Eli Cross, the eccentric man agrees to conceal him from the police on the condition that he take the stuntman's place. Before long, Cameron realizes that the autocratic Cross is taking advantage of him by putting him in unnecessary danger.
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Critic Reviews for The Stunt Man
Richard Rush's inventive narrative about the blurred lines between movie reality and factual reality is vastly entertaining, boasting Peter O'Toole in a diabolical, delicious Oscar-nominated performance.
The film twists and turns from scene to scene, carrying the audience on the some whirlwind mind-game...
Middle fingers aimed directly at the Establishment - both in tainted Tinseltown and the rest of a pre-Reagan America - are rarely as masterful as this brazen bird flip.
Overall a funny, compelling and curious film that was sabotaged by the Hollywood suits.
At the 1980 San Francisco Film Festival, François Truffaut was asked to name his favorite director. He replied, 'I don't know his name, but I just saw his picture last night. It's called The Stunt Man.'
Strange, challenging and quite great.
O'Toole at his tyranical best. Another great performance by the little seen Railsback.
Metaphors and surprises galore!
The Stunt Man is a brilliant and provocative film about the mad mad world of moviemaking.
A wild, bizarre "B" movie gone mainstream.
An overlong study in pretension.
The best film ever made about the movies. O'Toole is brilliant
Audience Reviews for The Stunt Man
Time after time the camera shows us people in precarious situations here only to pull back to reveal that everything just witnessed was an elaborate gag designed to please the director of a film ... even the ins and outs of personal relationships. Are our own lives so controlled? A paranoid drug-fueled delusion, mindlessly rambling at points, still interesting at points.More
An effing masterpiece from beginning to end. There is just no two ways about it. Peter O'Toole was right. "This film wasn't released, it escaped." An amazing piece of cinema and fantastic performances across the board.More
O'Toole always makes me feel uncomfortable. Again he is strange and creepy in this role. I thought I'd be more interested in the behind-the-scenes setting of this movie, but this type of film where you don't know what is real or if the main character is imagining some of it isn't my thing.More
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