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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema - The Stuntman, 1979 - A man on the run sees a stuntman's death during an impromptu shoot that had no safety gear. The director covers it up, but what will be the new stuntman's fate?   (youtube.com) divider line 18
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2013-12-21 09:11:45 AM  
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Peter O'Toole died this week.


O'Toole was in any number of classics and stinkers. But his presence was enough to add star power to any scene he was in. Why? His height. His sing-song voice and punctuated, clipped diction. His good looks. His ability turn all that off or crank up to excess and play a parody version of himself. I never met the man and am not sure that I'd like him as drinkers are a difficult bunch but his acting was riveting.

If you don't know the Stuntman, stop reading this and locate a copy.

If anyone could also tell me why Richard Rush never directed after this, I'd also be very grateful.

Steve Railsback is a man on the run who stumbles onto a film scene being shot on a bridge. The result is an accident where the stunt driver dies. The director decides to cover up the accident and continue shooting his World War 1 love story using the escaped felon as a replacement stuntman.

I'll come out and say it, I never liked Lawrence of Arabia. It's well-shot, edited and would great to watch with the sound off if I didn't like Jarre's score so much. It's just that Lawrence of Arabia is so full of people doing not-obvious things for cloudy reasons. Perhaps because of this, O'Toole was perfect casting because his charisma would wallpaper over the what is in my opinion, script weaknesses. In Stuntman, O'Toole's demonic motivations are open to question by the man on the run. Does the director need the new stunt man to survive the film shoot? This too is unclear but we're given a definitive answer by the end.

Anyway, this film is part thriller, funny, romance and has the best jump cut in the world after 2001's bone throw/space ship.  This film made a heck of an impression on my adolescent mind and I remember being blown away by it. Every few minutes, the film seemed to change into a completely different kind of story.

This film took a long time to come out on DVD and it included a documentary called the Sinister Saga of the Making of the Stuntman where the director details studio interference when shooting and then trying to distribute the film. However, Rush fails to name names so the documentary is kind of a frustrating watch. Rush must have pissed off people with money because he never was near a camera again. Bonus: here is a first and second completely terrible movie posters that I am so glad were not used.

Link to last week's Saturday Cinema.
 
2013-12-21 10:02:00 AM  
loved that movie.

"tell me, lucky, did it taste like any tit, or did it taste like german tit?"
 
2013-12-21 10:05:04 AM  
CSB

I watched them shoot the scene with the car going off the bridge. It was shot in Fair Oaks, CA

/CSB
 
2013-12-21 10:25:43 AM  
I loved this movie.  I always liked Peter O'Toole and thought Steve Railsback was grossly underrated and the two of the together?  FUN.   Was it great?  No, but it was very entertaining.
 
2013-12-21 10:31:31 AM  
I adore this movie.  "Come here to me,"
 
2013-12-21 10:55:42 AM  
Who the hell is Peter O'Toole? Sounds like a poofter.
 
2013-12-21 11:20:26 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Who the hell is Peter O'Toole? Sounds like a poofter.


Nope.

[Alan Swann (O'Toole) has blundered into the wrong restroom]

Lil: This is for ladies only!
Alan Swann: [unzipping fly] So is *this*, ma'am, but every now and then I have to run a little water through it.
 
2013-12-21 11:36:56 AM  
Love, love, love this movie.

Lawrence of Arabia was okay, but I never got the appeal.

Plus the soundtrack by Dominic Frontiere makes it even more appealing.

Steven Railsback is a seriously underrated actor who is well-suited for his role in The Stunt Man and Peter O'Toole is deliciously evil.
 
2013-12-21 11:58:40 AM  

MorrisBird: [Alan Swann (O'Toole) has blundered into the wrong restroom]

Lil: This is for ladies only!
Alan Swann: [unzipping fly] So is *this*, ma'am, but every now and then I have to run a little water through it.


Brilliant!
 
2013-12-21 12:13:35 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Love, love, love this movie.

Lawrence of Arabia was okay, but I never got the appeal.


Let's try this again. Lost an internet connection and need to retype it. LoA pussyfoots around his psychology and probably has to because of when was made. Also, the British/American world view of the war and Empire is kind of tacitly assumed so the 'squabbling arabs' the film depicts seems sort of motiveless. There's no way this would get depicted this way today. Patton seemed to me too worshipful and about the Greatest Generation telling themselves how Great they were. Both films are nicely made, however.

Plus the soundtrack by Dominic Frontiere makes it even more appealing.
This LP traded for outrageous prices for years on E-Bay. I remember when much of the score appeared on Rush's web site embedded in a Flash video how people were passing instructions on how to pull the audio. You've not lived until you've heard the caravan march on a decent system.

Steven Railsback is a seriously underrated actor who is well-suited for his role in The Stunt Man and Peter O'Toole is deliciously evil.
I wonder why Railsback's career never took off? Apparently he was very good in an X-Files episode.
 
2013-12-21 12:50:09 PM  

gaslight: Bathia_Mapes: Love, love, love this movie.

Lawrence of Arabia was okay, but I never got the appeal.

Let's try this again. Lost an internet connection and need to retype it. LoA pussyfoots around his psychology and probably has to because of when was made. Also, the British/American world view of the war and Empire is kind of tacitly assumed so the 'squabbling arabs' the film depicts seems sort of motiveless. There's no way this would get depicted this way today. Patton seemed to me too worshipful and about the Greatest Generation telling themselves how Great they were. Both films are nicely made, however.

Plus the soundtrack by Dominic Frontiere makes it even more appealing.
This LP traded for outrageous prices for years on E-Bay. I remember when much of the score appeared on Rush's web site embedded in a Flash video how people were passing instructions on how to pull the audio. You've not lived until you've heard the caravan march on a decent system.

Steven Railsback is a seriously underrated actor who is well-suited for his role in The Stunt Man and Peter O'Toole is deliciously evil.
I wonder why Railsback's career never took off? Apparently he was very good in an X-Files episode.


He first caught my attention when he portrayed Charlie Manson in the made-for-TV version of Helter Skelter. Didn't see him in much of anything after that until The Stunt Man was released. I've always wondered if he got typecast after playing Manson.
 
2013-12-21 12:56:26 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: He first caught my attention when he portrayed Charlie Manson in the made-for-TV version of Helter Skelter. Didn't see him in much of anything after that until The Stunt Man was released. I've always wondered if he got typecast after playing Manson.


Maybe carving the swastika into his forehead was getting a bit too much into the role?
 
2013-12-21 01:09:21 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: He first caught my attention when he portrayed Charlie Manson in the made-for-TV version of Helter Skelter. Didn't see him in much of anything after that until The Stunt Man was released. I've always wondered if he got typecast after playing Manson.


Could be - I've always thought the same thing myself.
crazy, crazy eyes.
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2013-12-21 01:52:51 PM  

elvisaintdead: Bathia_Mapes: He first caught my attention when he portrayed Charlie Manson in the made-for-TV version of Helter Skelter. Didn't see him in much of anything after that until The Stunt Man was released. I've always wondered if he got typecast after playing Manson.

Could be - I've always thought the same thing myself.
crazy, crazy eyes.
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I don't know if he studied footage of Manson or what techniques he used, but IMHO he was the closest to portraying Manson & his intensity without Manson playing the role himself.

I own the theatrical version on VHS of Helter Skelter that was shown overseas. It's pretty much the same as the made-for-TV version show in the US except for some curse words that weren't allowed on TV back then.
 
2013-12-21 04:14:36 PM  
Steve Railsback. Best known for his role supporting a naked space vampire chick's hoo-ha in the divine "Lifeforce"
 
2013-12-21 05:37:44 PM  

zerkalo: Steve Railsback. Best known for his role supporting a naked space vampire chick's hoo-ha in the divine "Lifeforce"


many kittens were killed to that movie.
 
2013-12-22 02:22:35 PM  
Great film
 
2013-12-22 02:27:55 PM  
CSB
My dad got the book for me when I was 13. I wanted to be a stunt man and looked like a young Jan-Michael Vincent but didn't know he did all his own stunts.
The sex scene in the laundry made up for all that.
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