Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Stuntman

The Stuntman
directed by Richard Rush
starring Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, and Barbara Hershey
5 stars - one of my favorite movies
ALR Green - cameo by a grumpy dog during the opening credits

Steve Railsback as Cameron is on the lam. He escapes the clutches of local law enforcement only to stumble upon a movie in process. Eli Cross (Peter O-Toole), the movie's director, takes him on as a stuntman. Why? That's part of the story. No spoilers, right?

I loved this movie when it first came out and am no longer sure how many times I've watched it, but I watched it again last night, so here are my remarks.

First and foremost, Peter O'Toole. Wow. He dominates the film with his larger than life on screen presence. His character of Eli Cross is full of ego, artistry, and deceit. Poor Cameron doesn't stand a chance. 

Combine that with wonderful stunts, great music, and plenty of surprises, and it's a delightful package. Nominated for three academy awards, but winner of none, due to some stiff competition that year (Raging Bull and Ordinary People took best actor and best director respectively).

Sure, some of the acting is a bit forced (Barbara Hershey), but who cares?

A nod to Charles Bail (professional stuntman) for his supporting actor performance as the stunt coordinator.

Note - Despite being a great movie, it hasn't had a Hollywood do-over. Subsequently, there are no subtitles and the soundtrack is a bit muddy. That didn't bother me, but for my husband, who hadn't seen the movie before, I had to interpret some of the dialog. 

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