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Hooper
     

Hooper

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Director: Hal Needham, Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field

Cast: Hal Needham, Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field

 

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Following the blockbuster success of Smokey and the Bandit, Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and director Hal Needham reunited to make the very similar Hooper, an action-laced comedy about a Hollywood stunt man who enters a dangerous rivalry with a younger stunt man. Hooper (Reynolds) and the younger stunt man (Jan-Michael Vincent) compete in a series of

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Following the blockbuster success of Smokey and the Bandit, Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and director Hal Needham reunited to make the very similar Hooper, an action-laced comedy about a Hollywood stunt man who enters a dangerous rivalry with a younger stunt man. Hooper (Reynolds) and the younger stunt man (Jan-Michael Vincent) compete in a series of increasingly complex stunts in order to earn the title of "the greatest stunt man alive." Hooper is lightweight, mindless fun that doesn't have much story, but it is a stronger film than Smokey and the Bandit, largely because the characters are somewhat stronger. Everyone involved looks like they're having fun; the good-humor translates on screen.

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All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
The comedian Robert Wuhl once did a very funny stand-up bit where he lauded Burt Reynolds as a talented guy who happened to have made a lot of bad movies, then proceeded to count the "good" movies on one hand and then list the "bad" ones on both hands and feet. Maybe that's a little unfair, especially considering the mini-renaissance Reynolds has enjoyed over the last few years, but Hooper is a film that falls into the stereotypical Burt Reynolds mold, namely that it features a lot of cars, explosions, stunts, and general juvenile buffoonery. A re-teaming of Reynolds with his Smokey and the Bandit team of Sally Field and director Hal Needham, it's the story of an aging stunt man who must cope with both a younger rival and his own body's limitations. It's interesting for its look inside the world of the Hollywood stuntman, but overall it lacks any kind of cohesiveness. Field is completely wasted, although she had yet to become a top-tier Academy-recognized actress at this point, and the excellent Brian Keith also seems to just be filling space here. Jan-Michael Vincent is very good as the younger stuntman and the film does manage to involve some drama along with it's good ol' boy antics, but unfortunately it appeals only to those who would be impressed with a film on that level, namely kids and die-hard Burt Reynolds fans. The only truly memorable performance is turned in by Robert Klein as the movie-within-the-movie's dictatorial director.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2015
UPC:
0883929445370
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
2,421

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Reynolds Sonny Hooper
Jan-Michael Vincent Ski
Sally Field Gwen
Brian Keith Jocko
John Marley Max Berns
James Best Cully
Adam West Adam
Robert Klein Roger Deal
Don "Red" Barry Sheriff
Terry Bradshaw Sherman
Tara Buckman Debbie
Jim Burk Jimbo
George Furth Bidwell
Norman Grabowski Hammerhead
Robert Tessier Amtrac
Richard Tyler Doctor
Alfie Wise Tony

Technical Credits
Hal Needham Director
Bobby Bass Stunts
Ira Bates Set Decoration/Design
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
Donn Cambern Editor
Lawrence Gordon Executive Producer
Walter Scott Herndon Original Story
Bill Justis Score Composer
Bill Kerby Screenwriter
Hank Moonjean Producer
Bent Myggen Songwriter
Burt Reynolds Producer
Tom Rickman Screenwriter
Norman Salling Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
William Turner Makeup
Cliff Wegner Special Effects

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Hooper 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must have film for anyone.