The Stunt Man


(out of 5)

One of the best movies about movie making ever made. 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 () as a replacement. In getting to know the movie business, our hapless hero also befriends the film’s leading actress (an excellent ) 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.

USA, 1980

Directed by

Screenplay by , adaptation by Richard Rush, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Richard Rush

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Peter O’Toole as “Eli Cross”)
Best Directing (Richard Rush)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Screenplay by Lawrence B. Marcus; adaptation by Richard Rush)

Golden Globe Award
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Dominic Frontiere)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Peter O’Toole)
Best Director (Richard Rush)
Best Screenplay (Lawrence B. Marcus)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Peter O’Toole)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Peter O’Toole)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Richard Rush)



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