(out of 5)
One of the best movies about movie making ever made. Peter O’Toole is a riot as a filmmaker who believes himself to be a deity while everyone else think he’s Satan; his obsessive mania with getting a scene just right results in the death of a stunt man, leading him to hire a totally inexperienced passerby (Steve Railsback) as a replacement. In getting to know the movie business, our hapless hero also befriends the film’s leading actress (an excellent Barbara Hershey) and learns to enjoy his work until he realizes that O’Toole is so determined to get the film done right that he’ll risk his safety as easily as he did his predecessor’s. Now, Railsback has to stay alive while also keeping away from the law, whose search for him had him end up on the film set in the first place. Mixing reality and fiction with incredible finesse, Richard Rush’s masterpiece is an excellent combination of studio-style commercial film making and artistic perfection, one of the highlights of the early eighties and one of the best films of its year.
Directed by Richard Rush
Cinematography by Mario Tosi
Produced by Richard Rush
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Production Design by James L. Schoppe
Costume Design by Rosanna Norton