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The Stunt Man

1980, Mystery & thriller/Comedy, 2h 9m

41 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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The Stunt Man is a preposterously entertaining thriller with a clever narrative and Oscar-worthy (nomination, at least!) Peter O'Toole performance. Read critic reviews

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On the run from the police, Cameron (Steve Railsback) crashes the set of a Hollywood war movie. When he inadvertently causes a stunt man's death, the film's manipulative director, Eli Cross (Peter O'Toole), decides to shelter Cameron from the cops if he steps in as the daredevil's replacement. Though the arrangement seems like a good deal, it soon becomes a perilous position, with the situation only complicated when Cameron falls for the movie's lead actress, Nina Franklin (Barbara Hershey).

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  • Apr 15, 2014
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2011
    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.
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  • Jun 22, 2011
    One of the strangest commentaries on filmmaking every made. I don't know if I'm merely baffled by this thing or if I genuinely found it exhilarating but I can't deny the originality.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer

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