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Stunt Man

By | 2018-03-21T18:30:30+01:00 January 21st, 2004|Reviews|


Date: 1980

Director: Richard Rush

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey, Steve Railsback

What a wizardly weird piece of work. Vietnam vet and fugitive (Cameron; Steve Railsback) stumbles onto a set of a World War I epic and passes himself off as a stunt man to escape capture. Problem one: the movie director Eli Cross (Peter O’Toole) is mad, or nearly. Problem two: Cameron falls for Nina Franklin (Barbara Hershey), the leading lady. Director Richard Rush has stacked the deck. He’s made a movie about poseurs by inserting a poseur. He’s made a movie about justice by making director Cross — who learns Cameron’s secret — into an avenging angel. Old questions: what’s fake, what not? Where do fictional and “actual” penalties intersect? A massively flawed, massively ambitious movie that snacks on O’Toole’s outrageous hamming.

About the Author:

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.

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