The Stunt Man
The Stunt Man (1980)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 27, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Pretentious, overenergized, muddled, intellectually bogus, and very entertaining for it.

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Variety Staff

O'Toole is excellent in his best, cleanest performance in years.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

It's one of the great movies about the movies and a devious exploration of trust in the line between art and life.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The fun lies in the journey. It is a trip of constantly shifting perceptions and sharply etched satirical sketches of movie types. It is also a carnival of bang-up stunt scenes.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The result is a movie filled with gags and excellent stunts which remains curiously humourless at heart. Stunted, not stunning.

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator

The narrative doesn't come to life until Peter O'Toole wraps it around himself like a Renaissance cloak, and stares pensively into the distance.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Sensationally original.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A film that depends on deceiving us has got to play by its own rules. If we are going to be deceived in general, fine, but then we can't be cheated on particulars.

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TV Guide

Lawrence B. Marcus's script, which pits real life against reel life, offers plenty of wit, with most of the bons mots handed to O'Toole.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Time after time the camera shows us people in precarious situations here only to pull back to reveal that everything just witnessed was an elaborate gag… More
John Ballantine
A movie of intrigue but lacking in the craft needed to make it a classic.There are enough twists to keep it entertaining but it is not terribly memorable.
Tim Salmons
An effing masterpiece from beginning to end. There is just no two ways about it. Peter O'Toole was right. "This film wasn't released, it… More
Danny Rovira
A breathtaking, innovative and dazzlingly drama about a young fugitive named Cameron played by Steve Railsback in a brilliant performance who stumbles upon a… More
Byron Brubaker
O'Toole always makes me feel uncomfortable. Again he is strange and creepy in this role. I thought I'd be more interested in the behind-the-scenes… More
Alec Barniskis
The satire about auteurism isn't always hitting its mark, but the narrative is inventive and the performances are engaging. What I really respect is… More