Combustible Celluloid
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With: Peter O'Toole, Barbara Hershey, Alex Rocco, Steve Railsback, Allen Garfield (Goorwitz), Sharon Farrell, Adam Roarke, Philip Bruns, Charles Bail, John Garwood, Jim Hess
Written by: Richard Rush, Lawrence B. Marcus, based on a novel by Paul Brodeur
Directed by: Richard Rush
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 131
Date: 06/27/1980

The Stunt Man (1980)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Peter O'Toole is one of the great scenery-chompers of all time. He's been nominated for seven Oscars but has never won. Richard Rush's The Stunt Man (1980) places O'Toole in the director's seat, playing a mad filmmaker who hides a runaway convict as a stunt man on his movie set. The Stunt Man plays astonishing mind games with perception and paranoia; it's a truly original piece of work.

The Stunt Man comes in a limited edition 2-disc set ($34.98) that includes a full-length making-of video, or a regular one-disc set ($19.98). In 2011, a Blu-Ray edition was released.