The Stunt Man (1980)



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Movie Info

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.

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.



as Eli Cross

as Nina Franklin

as Raymond Bailey

as Chuck Barton

as Henry

as Garage Guard

as Lineman

as Assistant Director

as Assistant Directors

as (uncredited)

as Helicopter Pilot

as FBI Agent Thompson

as Carlbinarri

as (uncredited)

as (uncredited)

as Technician

as Elk's Crane Camerama...

as Stunt Crew

as Brothel Man #1

as (uncredited)

as (uncredited)

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

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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