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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.


Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy

Aug 6, 2002

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (2) | DVD (21)

A puzzle-master's delight.

July 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

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.

July 20, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The film twists and turns from scene to scene, carrying the audience on the some whirlwind mind-game...

June 11, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

June 4, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Overall a funny, compelling and curious film that was sabotaged by the Hollywood suits.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.'

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source:

Strange, challenging and quite great.

April 17, 2005

O'Toole at his tyranical best. Another great performance by the little seen Railsback.

November 11, 2004 | Comments (5)
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Metaphors and surprises galore!

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Quirky thriller

August 24, 2004
Film Journal International

The Stunt Man is a brilliant and provocative film about the mad mad world of moviemaking.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A wild, bizarre "B" movie gone mainstream.

January 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

An overlong study in pretension.

November 1, 2002 | Comment (1)

The best film ever made about the movies. O'Toole is brilliant

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It has been cited numerously as one of the best films of the 80s. Less speculative is the claim that it is one of the decade's most mysteriously obscure.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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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.
September 20, 2011

Super Reviewer

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.
January 21, 2009

Super Reviewer

A movie of intrigue but lacking in the craft needed to make it a classic.There are enough twists to keep it entertaining but it is not terribly memorable.
April 15, 2014
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  • Der lange Tod des Stuntman Cameron (DE)
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