Like De Palma's Blow Out, a vaguely schlocky premise becomes a game where reality (or the perception of it) is constantly in doubt. But where Blow Out would raise such provocative questions about what goes into a film, The Stunt Man is less focused with its themes, coming off like a loose jam session between Mel Brooks, Fellini, and Roger Corman. Less than meets the eye? Maybe. But what meets the eye is wondrous.
Writer-Director Richard Rush has crafted an eccentric work that manages to deftly blend action and comedy with energy and charm. As great as Peter O’Toole is in one of his most flamboyant roles, Steve Railsback also gives a great intense performance. An excellent film.
A tasty little movie that isn't quite as clever as it wishes it was. Worth watching now mainly to watch Peter O'Toole conquer the screen in a great dazzling display of fun and meanness. Poor old Steve Railsback just can't keep up.
A cynical and enjoyable dark satire of filmmaking and it features a cunningly charismatic performance by Peter O'Toole as a sociopathic director. I must say the tonal changes sometimes feel off and I think Railsback's performance was missing something, I also thought his character's 'Ice Cream' speech was ludicrous. A fine film nonetheless.
My desert island pick. A total pleasure from start to finish featuring a perfect script by Richard Rush and Lawrence Marcus and impeccable casting especially the three leads Railsback, Hershey (her best) and O'Toole. An exceptional score by Dominic Frontiere is featured. The mini-genre of films about filmmaking is best represented by this tale of a maniacal director willing to sacrifice all. "How tall is King Kong?'