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The Stunt Man (Limited Edition) (1980)

Peter O'Toole , Steve Railsback  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Sharon Farrell, Allen Garfield
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS ES 6.1), English (THX Surround EX)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCK7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Stunt Man (Limited Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Only 100,000 sets issued
  • Disc 1:
  • Feature Film
  • Two Deleted Scenes
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Complete Screenplay & Director's Notes on DVD-ROM
  • Disc 2:
  • The Sinister Saga of Making "The Stunt Man", a 2001 114-minute film by Richard Rush

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Richard Rush leads a joyous ensemble of cast members recollecting the making of the prized and maligned production on the DVD's commentary track. Two deleted scenes are included along with production photos. Production and ad art is also shown from initial sketches to the final poster. In addition, Rush shares his struggles in detailed notes on the DVD-ROM script. The print and sound have never been better than on this DVD, which has been digitally remastered with THX certification. The double-disc set also contains a full-length documentary.

The Sinister Saga of Making The Stunt Man
Peter O'Toole puts it succinctly, "The Stunt Man wasn't released, it escaped." Director Richard Rush returns 20 years later to his highly praised film The Stunt Man (1980) in this two-hour documentary chronicling the decade-long struggle from creation to distribution. Rush calls Sinister Saga a home movie, and it essentially is, with Rush talking to the camera; there is no footage from the film's actual shoot. If you can get by the lack of gloss, you're left with an extremely personal view of the filmmaking, and a behind-the-scenes look that is refreshingly void of studio hype. Included are interviews 20 years later with cast members who fondly remember the film's shoot. It's interesting to note that if The Stunt Man had been made 20 years later, it would never have struggled. The film would simply have been regulated to cable or released on video. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Richard Rush leads a joyous ensemble of cast members recollecting the making of the prized and maligned production on the DVD's commentary track. Two deleted scenes are included along with production photos. Production and ad art is also shown from initia

Customer Reviews

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If God could do the things we do ... November 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
... he'd be a happy man!
I just finished watching the DVD of "The Stunt Man." It's still a smart, amazing, funny, scary, exhilirating experience. This is what great movie making (and great acting) is all about. Richard Rush's direction, the acting from Peter O'Toole and the rest, the terrific screenplay, the great music ... it's just ... perfect. As fresh now as the day it rolled out of the camera.
It's a shame Rush hasn't been able to make more films, but with this classic to his credit he can rest assured that his place in cinema history is complete. Thanks, Mr. Rush!
And Peter O'Toole ... nothing will top his work in "Lawrence of Arabia," but this comes darned close. Eli Cross is the classic "film director as god." O'Toole makes him more than just a petty movie-set tyrant. Cross is sly, witty, mysterious and all-knowing. He's frightening but fascinating. You wouldn't want to introduce him to your mother but you would want to take him out to dinner just to listen to him spin his stories. When he descends from above in his camera crane you'll begin to think he's god incarnate ... just as the stunt man does.
And the plot? That's what made "The Stunt Man" such a hard sell to the movie studios and what makes it a classic. What is reality and what isn't? Are we in control of our lives or aren't we? How do we know what's really going on and what it all means? Is Eli trying to kill the stunt man or just trying to finish his movie on time?
Anchor Bay's DVD transfer is superb. The "Limited Edition" includes Rush's documentary on the making the film. Don't miss it!
If you've never seen this film, get it FAST and enjoy! If you haven't seen it in a while, rediscover why it's so great.
Amen!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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There are just some movies in your life that really speak to you--that connect to you on some emotional or intellectual level in a very special way. "The Stunt Man" from director Richard Rush is such a film for me. Released in 1980, this ode to movie making is a challenging, intelligent, incisive and fun film that very few people saw upon its initial release. After a 10 year preproduction struggle by Rush, a tumultuous shoot, and no support from a studio that didn't care about the film--it was essentially dumped with no fanfare. Even star Peter O'Toole has commented, "The Stunt Man wasn't released, it escaped." But with amazing clarity and foresight, the film was surprisingly awarded with three major Academy Award nominations--Best Actor for Peter O'Toole, Best Director for Rush, and Best Screenplay for Rush and Lawrence Marcus. In the years that have followed, the film has attained a cult status and a legion of faithful fans (myself among them). In fact, I have seen this film probably 15 times and it was the first (really!) VHS tape I ever bought--now that's dating me!

To relate the plot of "The Stunt Man" in a concise way is to deny the subtleties and intricacies that really distinguish this as a bold and unusual work of art. But here's a brief synopsis. The film begins as a convict, played by Steve Railsback (Charles Manson in "Helter Skelter"), makes a break from the cops who are transporting him. Fleeing into the neighboring seaside village, he stumbles onto a film set where a tragedy that will likely be investigated has just struck. To avoid police intervention, the film's director (Peter O'Toole) embraces Railsback and identifies him as the company's stunt man who was just involved in an accident.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunt Man (Limited Edition) December 12, 2001
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The Stunt Man has always been one of my favorite movies. It contains some of the best work of Peter O'Toole's, one of England's great actors. A young Barbara Hershey is, like the candy bar, good enough to eat and Steve Railsback delivers a great performance as the paranoid fugitive/stunt man. When this movie first was released, it was one of the most unique films I had ever seen. A rare blend of action/adventure, comedy, satire, and love story, it defied simple categorization. Although today we are much more knowledgeable about movie making techniques and thus can shoot a few more holes in the story, "The Stunt Man" holds up pretty well to the test of time. After watching it countless times, I still marvel at the witty dialogue and clever plot twists. It is not your typical Hollywood formula movie.
Perhaps the most enjoyable parts of this new DVD are the special features. The director's audio track and the companion disk "The Sinister Saga of the Making of the Stunt Man" finally shed some light on the trials and tribulations that Richard Rush encountered while making and releasing this film. If you loved the movie like I did, you must see this recent (2000) look back by the director on his greatest movie accomplishment. It includes recent interviews with many of the stars. It is interesting to hear how this project affected them and their careers. If you have never seen "The Stunt Man", you owe it to yourself to do so. You won't be disappointed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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There are just some movies in your life that really speak to you--that connect to you on some emotional or intellectual level in a very special way. "The Stunt Man" from director Richard Rush is such a film for me. Released in 1980, this ode to movie making is a challenging, intelligent, incisive and fun film that very few people saw upon its initial release. After a 10 year preproduction struggle by Rush, a tumultuous shoot, and no support from a studio that didn't care about the film--it was essentially dumped with no fanfare. Even star Peter O'Toole has commented, "The Stunt Man wasn't released, it escaped." But with amazing clarity and foresight, the film was surprisingly awarded with three major Academy Award nomination--Best Actor for Peter O'Toole, Best Director for Rush, and Best Screenplay for Rush and Lawrence Marcus. In the years that have followed, the film has attained a cult status and a legion of faithful fans (myself among them). In fact, I have seen this film probably 15 times and it was the first (really!) VHS tape I ever bought--now that's dating me!

To relate the plot of "The Stunt Man" in a concise way is to deny the subtleties and intricacies that really distinguish this as a bold and unusual work of art. But here's a brief synopsis. The film begins as a convict, played by Steve Railsback (Charles Manson in "Helter Skelter"), makes a break from the cops who are transporting him. Fleeing into the neighboring seaside village, he stumbles onto a film set where a tragedy that will likely be investigated has just struck. To avoid police intervention, the film's director (Peter O'Toole) embraces Railsback and identifies him as the company's stunt man who was just involved in an accident.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for another edition
This is a really fun movie, but unfortunately, it is barely watchable. Best advice. Do not buy this edition. They did not remaster or clean up the picture. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Gary C. Huested
4.0 out of 5 stars Among the great films
Hollywood loves to make films about making films and this is the real gem. Peter O'Toole is at the top of his abilities and its just a great look at what makes films real and what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuntman
Good as remembered. It had been years since we had seen it. Good acting and great story line. Thanks for still having it.
Published 1 month ago by Marianne Hudack
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stuntman
I bought the Stuntman from Amazon recently. It's a wonderful film with a bit of delightful deviltry that will keep you interested throughout. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Captain Sa-Vage
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
From the very opening scene, the movie just grabs you and takes you on a great ride. O'Toole is awesome in it, but it is hard to describe how much fun the movie is, even on a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael L. Kazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
One of my all-time favorite moves. Peter O'Toole's best role, Romance, action, adventure, comedy, suspense. Is it a drama? A comedy? It's just great! Don't miss it!
Published 4 months ago by Vickie S. Chapman
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Video Transfer, Muddy Dialogue, and No Subtitles
Having seen this film in a theater some years ago, I wanted to visit it again, and (hopefully) to unravel the convoluted plot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BluegrassPicker
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
One of the best anti-war movies ever-made. Read the script first before watching it - it would make even more sense.
Published 6 months ago by Peter Gershkovich
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a true master piece and the ultimate movie about making movies.
As a former film industry professional "The Stuntman" has to be one of my all-time favorite movies, obviously. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gisela Hausmann
5.0 out of 5 stars The Director as God!
Although the clothing and hair styles are dated... O'Toole is not. He looks great and plays the role perfectly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Adele P. Douglass
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