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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field, Brian Keith, John Marley
  • Directors: Hal Needham
  • Writers: James Best, Bill Kerby, Thomas Rickman, Walt Green, Walter S. Herndon
  • Producers: Burt Reynolds, Hank Moonjean
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630516200X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hooper" on IMDb

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When it comes to life-threatening exploits, they don't get any better than those of professional stuntman Sonny Hooper - until now. Although Sonny's body is feeling the effects of his very long and successful career, the appearance of a charismatic rival on the scene causes him to attempt the most spectacular and dangerous stunt of his career.

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The clarity of hindsight has turned Burt Reynolds's heyday in the 1970s into a time capsule of good ol' boy lunacy, and his movies remain as vital to that decade as disco and Watergate. Hooper represents the tail end of Reynolds's popularity, the last gasp before Reynolds moved on to forgettable romantic comedies and the sheer desperation of Smokey and the Bandit II and The Cannonball Run. Like those films it's harmless fun, and Hooper--conceived as a tribute to veteran stuntman Buddy Joe Hooker--benefits from the fact that both Reynolds and director Hal Needham were former stuntmen. The movie features three generations of stuntmen played by Brian Keith, Reynolds, and Jan-Michael Vincent, the last as a cocky young stunt-star who urges Reynolds to perform his greatest stunt ever: leaping a rocket-powered car over a wide gorge (a stunt inspired by the real-life exploits of daredevil Evel Knievel). What's fun about no-brainers like Hooper is that Reynolds's brand of macho mischief never really goes out of style. It's dated, but it's always going to find an appreciative audience. --Jeff Shannon

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Hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you enjoy the movie as much.
Scooter
Hooper was a great movie I have watched it several times with my husband and with him knowing every seine was not helpful but he loved it.
kimberley
A great cast of characters,some really great one liners and lots of action.
Judy H.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Anderson on April 30, 2001
Format: DVD
Where does one start. This film was essential viewing to my brother and I when growing up, for several reasons. Firstly it had a great plot, in that all little boys want to be astonauts or stuntmen. We would reguarly throw ourselves over banisters into generally dangerous situations to try and emmulate the stars of this film. Which brings me to the next point. Secondly it contained Burt Reynolds, who was still in possession of his considerable powers- witt, charm, little boy behaviour. He was supported well by Jan Michael Vincent (Airwolf legend) who managed to scowl in that way that was unique to him. They were backed up by the very beautiful Sally Field. Add in the excitement and the love-plot that is a neccessity then all is set for slightly exagerated insight into the glamorous world of the stuntman. So with all these tools on hand, it is easy to see why this is a film adored by people to-day. I think what makes it so watchable, is that we are all enthralled with the stunts that they carry out, believing that our heroes are safe, but yet all the same knowing that danger exists. This is all capped off with a fabulous clamatic scene. All I can say is that matresses were never the same in our household again after first viewing this, despite the possibility of hurting ones back. You'll understand what I mean when you see it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bill Wunderlich on June 29, 2000
Format: DVD
If you are looking for deep meaning in a film, look somewhere else. This movie is all about stuntmen having fun, hanging out, making movies, and drinking beer while driving backwards down the Pacific Coast Highway.
The plot centers around Sonny Hooper(Reynolds), the greatest stuntman alive, who is virtually identical to Reynold's hero from Smokey & the Bandit(not surprising since the two movies came out within 6 months of each other). Hooper is coming to the end of his career, and he knows it, which gives the character far more depth than expected.
The plot, while not too intricate, portrays three generations of stunt men. The late Brian Keith plays the older stuntman who was once the "top dog" around the studios before Hooper came along, and watches with barely contained amusement as Hooper realizes he's about to be de-throned by a new young hotshot stuntman played by Jan-Michael Vincent.
Along the way there's alot of stunts, alot of beer drinking, a really long car jump, and some insight passed along by the older generation("You aughta drink more. Nothing hurts when your numb").
All in all, a very enjoyable romp that will leave you with a smile. Look for a wonderful cameo by Terry Bradshaw, complete with a full head of hair.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ghenghis TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 6, 2004
Format: DVD
Oh my, let's see. First 15 minutes....Burt has a shot of Jack Daniels, pulls on leathers, crashes a bike, woofs down a Percodan. morphs into Gene Kelly, feeds beer to horse, saves one for himself, argues with Sally Field in a room full of cowboy hats while her butt is hanging out of a pair of shorts a 5 year old would have trouble squeezing into, hauls Sally off to bed, stunt doubles for Bruce Wayne in a mustache, slides down a rope into one of them big airbags, gets shot full of Zylocaine in his be-hind, and talks like Gabby Hayes while buddy Roscoe P. Coltrane imitates Jimmy Stewart. Phew, I'm exhausted.
I guess by now ya'll all know this movie is pretty much about stuntmen...3 generations of em. Bryan Keith plays the patriarch to Burt's Hooper with a boyish Jan Michael Vincent as the ambitious kid waiting in the wings to take over the top spot as King Stuntguy. You see, Burt is feeling his age so he has another drink and straps on his shiny silver Firebird jacket and goes to watch the Kid rappel the Nakatomi building. Then after Terry Bradshaw and Connie Shockner beat the crap out of them, our two heroes think it might be a good idea to sponsor the Kososovo Demolition Derby and Jet Car Jump.
Classic Reynold's monkeyshine. Funny funny funny! No extras on the DVD though. Nice transfer but it's full screen only and the Dolby Mono soundtrack is pretty sad, but it's crisp and clear. 4 cans of Coors or 4 Percocets...take your pick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crow on April 25, 2000
Format: DVD
This is typical Burt Reynolds fun stuff with a typically goofy plot and some pretty cool stunts. Terry Bradshaw is good in it, and fans of Sally Field will enjoy her in the various mini T-shirts she wears, lot's of good beer-chugging type stuff. Not quite as awesome as I thought it was at 12 years old though, when everthing Burt said or did seemed so much more entertaining. The DVD is thin on extras but it's only 10 bucks, so what do you want?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By billymac72 on August 30, 2005
Format: DVD
Great flick! I don't have much to say that hasn't been already (I loved the "one man Rat Pack" line!). This film is like a party; everyone seems to be in on some kind of joke (they're all obviously friends, part of the Reynolds/Needham gang). On top of that, they appear to be mildly drunk much of the time!

I too would love to see a special edition of this flick. There used to be a TV version that had a ton of extra footage, so I know it's out there someplace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Kuhlman on July 9, 2012
Format: DVD
...of a Hollywood stunt man, stunt man.

This little country diddy pretty much sums it up. Hot on the wheels of the 1977 Smokey and the Bandit, Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham team up to give us Hooper in 1978, an expose into the life of the Hollywood stunt man. At age 13, in 1978, when this movie came out, I was just crazy, macho and stupid enough to want to BE a stunt man. Of course, I completely overlooked the "battle scars" we see on Burt Reynolds' various body parts in the opening title montage (to which he perfectly, hilariously, performs his putting on his padding and costume to a Matador song, "enhanced" by composer Bill Justis) and his addiction to pain pills, shots, Coors and Jack Daniel's. At that age, as all young boys do, I simply thought "that would never happen to me".

This is the best time you're likely to have at the movies! It delivers its "issues" (mostly Burt's character's pre-osteoperotic aching back, from all the stunt falls he's done) without being too heavy-handed, so as not to disrupt the flow of the action sequences and comedy hijinx. Every time the gang goes to the Palomino club for a few drinks, there always ends up being a knock-down drag-out bar brawl, to which the staff isn't even surprised "Oh, well; another night, no profits", and Burt driving down the Pacific coast highway, 55mph, drunk and BACKWARDS, is sheer delight. What a wonderfully crazy bunch of people! This movie brought my brother and I plenty of laughs in his final years on this planet. It was a staple of our movie-watching diet during many of our 3-hour "executive lunches", and we quoted many of the film's lines for our own amusement.

In addition to legendary Burt Reynolds "How's my cockus erectus?
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