The Stunt Man (1980)
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Adapted from Paul Brodeur's novel, Richard Rush's story of a Machiavellian movie director and his accidental employee takes a darkly comic look at movie reality vs. "real" reality. Running from the law, Vietnam vet Cameron (Steve Railsback) stumbles on a movie shoot just in time to interfere with a staged accident, causing (perhaps) the stunt man's death. Rather than turn Cameron in, director Eli Cross (Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole) makes him an offer he can't refuse: replace the dead stunt man
Jun 27, 1980 Wide
Aug 6, 2002
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
George D. Wallace
Eli's Crane Cameraman
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.
The Stunt Man is a brilliant and provocative film about the mad mad world of moviemaking.
A wild, bizarre "B" movie gone mainstream.
The best film ever made about the movies. O'Toole is brilliant
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