The Stunt Man

1980

Richard Rush
Director
Melvin Simon Productions
Production Company

On a run from the law, a man blunders into a movie set, just as a stuntman is killed. The director takes the fugitive in hand and uses him as a replacement stuntman.

From the oddball opening sequence, you know this is going to be a strange ride. Railsback is perhaps a little too unhinged for audience sympathy as the stuntman But it is as Eli Cross, the omnipotent iconoclast director, that Peter O'Toole grabs and steals the movie.

Film enjoyed a lengthy gestation period, director Rush says 7 years to get it financed and then three to get it released.

I've failed to find many people that like this one, goodness knows I've tried, as it is a favourite of this author.



27th June 1980
Cinema





V roli kaskadéra
28th December 1984
Cinema





Special Edition
20th November 2001
DVD



130 mins
1.85:1


7th June 2011
Blu-Ray



131 mins
1.85:1




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Peter O'Toole
Eli Cross
Steve Railsback
Cameron
Barbara Hershey
Nina Franklin
Allen Garfield
Sam (as Allen Goorwitz)
Alex Rocco
Jake
Sharon Farrell
Denise
Adam Roarke
Raymond Bailey
Philip Bruns
Ace
Chuck Bail
Chuck Barton
John Garwood
Gabe Eli's Cameraman
Jim Hess
Henry Eli's Camera Asst.
John Pearce
Garage Guard
Michael Railsback
Burt
George Wallace
Nina's Father
Dee Carroll
Nina's Mother
Leslie Winograde
Nina's Sister
Don Kennedy
Lineman
Whitey Hughes
Eli's Assistant Director / Stunts
Walter Robles
Eli's Assistant Director / Stunts
A.J. Bakunas
German soldier
A.J. Bakunas
Eli's Script Clerk
Roberto Caruso
Cop #1
Frank Avila
Cop #2
Stafford Morgan
FBI Agent Thompson
John Alderman
Carlbinarri
Jack Palinkas
Technician
James Garrett
Technician #2 (as Cecil Brittain)
Garrett McPherson
Tourist
Nelson Tyler
Eli's Crane Cameraman
Louis Gartner
Brothel Man #1
James Avery
Diner patron (?)
Chance Boyer
Kid in Cemetery
Patricia McPherson
Pretty Woman
Ross Reynolds
Helicopter Pilot
Gray Johnson
Stunt Coordinator
Gregory Barnett
Stuntman
Gary Baxley
Stuntman
Norm Blankenship
Stuntman
Hank Calia
Stuntman
Deanna Dae Coleman
Stuntman
Eric Cord
Stuntman
Ted Duncan
Stuntman
Larry Dunn
Stuntman
Kenny Endoso
Stuntman
John Michael Johnson
Stuntman
Alton Leo Jones
Stuntman
Tom Morga
Stuntman
Reggie Parten
Stuntman
Don Pulford
Stuntman
Dick Warlock
Stuntman
Jim Winburn
Stuntman
William Joseph Arno
Frank Beetson
Gregg Berger
Don Hayden
German Soldier
Gordon Ross
Marion Wayne
Leigh Webb