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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.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence B. Marcus, Richard Rush
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
20th Century Fox Film Corp.


Peter O'Toole
as Eli Cross
Barbara Hershey
as Nina Franklin
Adam Roarke
as Raymond Bailey
Chuck Bail
as Chuck Barton
Jim Hess
as Henry
John Pearce
as Garage Guard
Don Kennedy
as Lineman
Whitey Hughes
as Assistant Director
Walter Robles
as Assistant Directors
Gregg Berger
as (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds
as Helicopter Pilot
Stafford Morgan
as FBI Agent Thompson
John Alderman
as Carlbinarri
James Avery
as (uncredited)
Leigh A. Webb
as (uncredited)
Jack Palinkas
as Technician
Nelson Tyler
as Elk's Crane Camerama...
Larry Dunn
as Stunt Crew
Louis Gartner
as Brothel Man #1
Gordon Ross
as (uncredited)
Marion Wayne
as (uncredited)
William Joseph Arno
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Stunt Man

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

Pretentious, overenergized, muddled, intellectually bogus, and very entertaining for it.

Full Review… | March 13, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The fun lies in the journey. It is a trip of constantly shifting perceptions and sharply etched satirical sketches of movie types. It is also a carnival of bang-up stunt scenes.

Full Review… | March 13, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Sensationally original.

Full Review… | June 11, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

O'Toole is excellent in his best, cleanest performance in years.

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
Top Critic

The result is a movie filled with gags and excellent stunts which remains curiously humourless at heart. Stunted, not stunning.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A film that depends on deceiving us has got to play by its own rules. If we are going to be deceived in general, fine, but then we can't be cheated on particulars.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Tim Salmons

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.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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