Stunt Man

Stunt Man

Director: Richard Rush

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

     
 

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Richard Rush's cult favorite The Stunt Man gets a very good home video release with this DVD. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Surround and DTS 6.1. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials…  See more details below

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Richard Rush's cult favorite The Stunt Man gets a very good home video release with this DVD. The film is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Surround and DTS 6.1. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track featuring Rush and actors Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Alex Rocco, and Sharon Farrell. Also available are theatrical trailers, deleted scenes, a photo gallery, and original advertising art. This is a welcome DVD release of a very underrated film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Vibrating with energy, the incessantly entertaining The Stunt Man is puzzle-master's delight. The clever script and ambiguous direction toy with the audience, almost in the same way that Peter O'Toole's directorial maestro (who anticipates The Truman Show's Christof by nearly two decades) plays with Steve Railsback's baffled fugitive. Not exactly subtle in its confrontation of the captivating nature of movie machinations versus the questionable quality of real life, The Stunt Man is nonetheless a wonder of sound, light and magic. Movie-making as a metaphor for life is a bit of a stretch (though many may identify with the paranoid and confounded Cameron), but O'Toole as a capricious and slightly malevolent God is a constant delight. Railsback's trademark intensity serves his Vietnam veteran character's confusion well, while Barbara Hershey is brimming with sensuality as the love interest. A crackerjack combination of action, comedy and romance, it is interesting that Twentieth-Century Fox Studios, sensing that the film wouldn't be able to find an audience, held the film back from release for two years before slipping it out with little fanfare. While not a great box office success, it certainly was a critical one, and it has quietly built a cult status among movie fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
UPC:
0013131165593
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with director/producer/co-writer Richard Bush and stars Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell, and Chuck Bail; Theatrical trailers; Deleted scenes; Original production and advertising art; Complete screenplay and director's notes in DVD-ROM; Still galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole Eli Cross
Steve Railsback Cameron
Barbara Hershey Nina Franklin
Allen Garfield Sam
Alex Rocco Jake
Sharon Farrell Denise
Adam Roarke Raymond Bailey
Philip Bruns Ace
Chuck Bail Chuck Barton
James Avery Actor
Gregg Berger Actor
John Garwood Gabe
John Pearce Garage Guard
Michael Railsback Burt
George D. Wallace Father
Dee Carroll Mother
Don Kennedy Lineman
Whitey Hughes Eli's A.D.
Stafford Morgan Thompson F.B.I.
John Alderman Carlbinarri
Nelson Tyler Eli's Crane Cameraman
Walter Robles Eli's A.D.
Allen Goorwitz Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Rush Director,Producer,Screenwriter
C. Frank Beetson Production Designer
Frank Beetson Asst. Director
Caroline Biggerstaff Editor
Caroline Ferriol Editor
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer,Songwriter
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Jack Hofstra Editor
Gray Johnson Stunts
Joel King Cinematographer
Paul Lewis Associate Producer
Lawrence B. Marcus Screenwriter
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Milt Rice Special Effects
James L. Schoppe Art Director
Melvin Simon Executive Producer
Richard Spero Set Decoration/Design
Jim Tanenbaum Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Tosi Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Director's Introduction [:00]
2. Main Titles [3:11]
3. The Fugitive [3:00]
4. Death On The Bridge [3:06]
5. World of Illusion [5:11]
6. Eli Cross [5:42]
7. The Police Chief [3:16]
8. Through The Looking Glass [6:11]
9. The Stunt Man [4:35]
10. Story Conference [6:07]
11. Living The Fantasy [4:37]
12. Eli's Killer Crane [:55]
13. Rooftop Chase [2:10]
14. Dailies [8:09]
15. Daredevil In The Sky [3:55]
16. Lucky And Nina [5:11]
17. "Welcome to the same picture,Sam" [4:59]
18. Cover-Up [4:42]
19. Mutual Sensitivity [5:16]
20. Directorial Technique [5:55]
21. Pillow Talk [5:00]
22. Lucky's Story [5:09]
23. Trapped [10:14]
24. The Word of God [4:28]
25. Final Stunt [5:25]
26. Job Well Done [4:35]
27. Double Cross [4:08]
28. End Credits [4:12]

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