The Stunt Man | Chicago Reader

The Stunt Man

Pretentious, overenergized, muddled, intellectually bogus, and very entertaining for it. Richard Rush's film concerns a cryptic fugitive (Steve Railsback) who finds refuge, of a sort, with a movie company led by a flamboyant, engagingly sadistic director (Peter O'Toole). Experienced as pure motion, the picture is a rush, barreling through highly charged action montages and baroque flights of rack focus, though dramatically it becomes disappointingly conventional in the last few reels. The theme is illusion and reality, but you're better off if you try to forget it. With Barbara Hershey, Allen Goorwitz, and Alex Rocco.

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