The Stunt Man

The Stunt Man

DVD - 2011
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MPAA Rating: R.
A mysterious fugitive stumbles onto a movie set where a flamboyant director turns him into a stunt man.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif] : Severin Films, ©2011
ISBN: 9780788613562
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Stuntman


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this is not an easy dvd to understand, yet it shows brilliance, here and there. the second disc offers more than the film itself: there is a retrospective of the director's career; he explains the process for deciding which cut of his last film, to use: two cuts were shown in two theatres. audiences were tabulated, and the winner became the cut that was released. for those fans of bruce willis, it was COLOR OF NIGHT, and was disrespected by many critics. In contrast, THE STUNT MAN, was nominated for three Oscars, film, director, screenplay, and achieved nearly cult status, at first. The second disc has an interview with Steve Railsback, and Alex Rocco, who were supporting cast members. They seem quite chummy. Richard Rush fleshes out the history of the Haight Ashbury, whilst telling of the making of a couple of films he did there in the 60s. He seems to have had more clout with the studios than just about any director I have seen/heard talking about their career. P.S.: to those Christianly inclined, there is some devil imagery, and the Hells Angels are in those two films from the 60s previously mentioned.

Jul 19, 2016

An uneven and strange film within a film that's worthwhile for Peter O'Toole's performance as a tyrannical director. A fugitive (No, not that fugitive!) wanders onto a film set and soon finds himself employed as a stunt man, hiding from the cops, clashing with the director, and falling for the leading lady (Barbara Hershey). O'Toole is great and apparently based his performance on "Lawrence of Arabia" director David Lean. But the movie, despite some slick cinematography is a lumpy, overlong, poorly edited mess with no real point. There's a making of it DVD out there as well. Director Richard Rush wouldn't make another movie until the sexy (and crappy) "Color of Night" with Bruce Willis.

kevfarley Apr 03, 2013

Good fun in this older, but enduring, self-spoofing Movie Making farce.


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