The Stunt Man(1980)
"If God could do the things that we can do, he'd be a happy man . . ."
Writers: Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay), Richard Rush (adaptation), Paul Brodeur (novel)
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady.
Plot: While on the run from the police, Steve Railsback hides in a group of moviemakers where he pretends to be a stunt man. Both aided and endangered by the director (Peter O'Toole) he avoids both the police and sudden death as a stuntman. The mixture of real danger and fantasy of the movie is an interesting twist for the viewer as the two blend in individual scenes.
Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations.
Did you know: François Truffaut was an early contender to direct the film version of Paul Brodeur's novel. Truffaut borrowed elements from the story for La nuit américaine and Arthur Penn did the same for Night Moves.
Studios: Simon Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation