The Stunt Man

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 38


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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.


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 Cameraman
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

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Audience Reviews for The Stunt Man

  • 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2011
    The satire about auteurism isn't always hitting its mark, but the narrative is inventive and the performances are engaging. What I really respect is Richard Rush's ability to keep the audience on their toes through the whole movie. You feel as though anything could happen and almost every scene ends different than I could have predicted.
    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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