The Stunt Man
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Cameron is a young veteran who is running from the police when he comes upon a movie set and accidentally causes the death of a stunt man. When Cameron explains his situation to the director Eli Cross, the eccentric man agrees to conceal him from the police on the condition that he take the stuntman's place. Before long, Cameron realizes that the autocratic Cross is taking advantage of him by putting him in unnecessary danger.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A puzzle-master's delight."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Middle fingers aimed directly at the Establishment - both in tainted Tinseltown and the rest of a pre-Reagan America - are rarely as masterful as this brazen bird flip."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Strange, challenging and quite great."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Quirky thriller"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"An overlong study in pretension."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Richard Rush's inventive narrative about the blurred lines between movie reality and factual reality is vastly entertaining, boasting Peter O'Toole in a diabolical, delicious Oscar-nominated performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Overall a funny, compelling and curious film that was sabotaged by the Hollywood suits."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"O'Toole at his tyranical best. Another great performance by the little seen Railsback."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"The Stunt Man is a brilliant and provocative film about the mad mad world of moviemaking."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The best film ever made about the movies. O'Toole is brilliant"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The film twists and turns from scene to scene, carrying the audience on the some whirlwind mind-game..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"At the 1980 San Francisco Film Festival, François Truffaut was asked to name his favorite director. He replied, 'I don't know his name, but I just saw his picture last night. It's called The Stunt Man.'"
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Metaphors and surprises galore!"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A wild, bizarre "B" movie gone mainstream."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"It has been cited numerously as one of the best films of the 80s. Less speculative is the claim that it is one of the decade's most mysteriously obscure."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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