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Story

The "lost" sleeper hit of 1980 has since become one of the most revered cult movies of all time, largely due to its bawdy, irreverent story about the art and artifice of filmmaking and an outrageously clever performance by Peter O'Toole. As megalomaniacal film director Eli Cross, O'Toole plays a larger-than-life figure whose ability to manipulate reality is like a power-trip narcotic. The focus of his latest mind game is a fugitive (Steve Railsback) recruited to replace a stuntman killed during a recent on-set accident. In return for protective sanctuary, the fugitive takes a crash course in stunt work but soon discovers that he's the paranoid player in a game he can't control, with the dictatorial director making up the rules. Or is he? The Stunt Man is a game of its own, played through the fantasy of filmmaking, and half the fun of watching the movie comes from sharing the stuntman's paranoid confusion. Barbara Hershey has a smart, sexy supporting role as a lead actress who won't submit to her director's seemingly devious behavior; but it's clearly O'Toole who steals the show. Director Richard Rush adds to the movie's maverick appeal--in a career plagued by struggles against the mainstream studio system, Rush hasn't made a better movie before or since. The Stunt Man clearly represents the potential of his neglected talent. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (THX Surround EX), English (DTS 6.1 ES)
  • Commentary by director Richard Rush and stars Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell and Chuck Bail
  • Only 100,000 sets issued
  • Feature Film
  • Two Deleted Scenes
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Complete Screenplay & Director's Notes on DVD-ROM
  • The Sinister Saga of Making "The Stunt Man", a 2001 114-minute film by Richard Rush
  • Number of discs: 2

Cast

Peter O'TooleEli Cross
Steve RailsbackCameron
Barbara HersheyNina Franklin
Allen GarfieldSam
Alex RoccoPolice Chief Jake
Sharon FarrellDenise
Adam RoarkeRaymond Bailey
John GarwoodGabe

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