The Stunt Man (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Stunt Man (1980)



Critic Consensus: The Stunt Man is a preposterously entertaining thriller with a clever narrative and Oscar-worthy (nomination, at least!) Peter O'Toole performance.

Movie Info

Cameron is a young veteran who is running from the police when he comes upon a movie set and accidentally causes the death of a stunt man. When Cameron explains his situation to the director Eli Cross, the eccentric man agrees to conceal him from the police on the condition that he take the stuntman's place. Before long, Cameron realizes that the autocratic Cross is taking advantage of him by putting him in unnecessary danger.

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Peter O'Toole
as Eli Cross
Barbara Hershey
as Nina Franklin
Adam Roarke
as Raymond Bailey
Chuck Bail
as Chuck Barton
Jim Hess
as Henry
John Pearce
as Garage Guard
Don Kennedy
as Lineman
Whitey Hughes
as Assistant Director
Walter Robles
as Assistant Directors
Gregg Berger
as (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds
as Helicopter Pilot
Stafford Morgan
as FBI Agent Thompson
John Alderman
as Carlbinarri
James Avery
as (uncredited)
Leigh A. Webb
as (uncredited)
Jack Palinkas
as Technician
Nelson Tyler
as Elk's Crane Cameraman
Larry Dunn
as Stunt Crew
Louis Gartner
as Brothel Man #1
Gordon Ross
as (uncredited)
Marion Wayne
as (uncredited)
William Joseph Arno
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Stunt Man

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (9)

The Stunt Man is a brilliant feat of cinematic legerdemain, creating an illusory world in which nothing is what it seems.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Pretentious, overenergized, muddled, intellectually bogus, and very entertaining for it.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The fun lies in the journey. It is a trip of constantly shifting perceptions and sharply etched satirical sketches of movie types. It is also a carnival of bang-up stunt scenes.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Sensationally original.

June 11, 2011

O'Toole is excellent in his best, cleanest performance in years.

December 1, 2008 | Full Review…

The result is a movie filled with gags and excellent stunts which remains curiously humourless at heart. Stunted, not stunning.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Stunt Man

A movie of intrigue but lacking in the craft needed to make it a classic.There are enough twists to keep it entertaining but it is not terribly memorable.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Time after time the camera shows us people in precarious situations here only to pull back to reveal that everything just witnessed was an elaborate gag designed to please the director of a film ... even the ins and outs of personal relationships. Are our own lives so controlled? A paranoid drug-fueled delusion, mindlessly rambling at points, still interesting at points.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An effing masterpiece from beginning to end. There is just no two ways about it. Peter O'Toole was right. "This film wasn't released, it escaped." An amazing piece of cinema and fantastic performances across the board.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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