W: Lawrence B. Marcus & Richard Rush [based on the
novel by Paul Brodeur]
DP: Mario Tosi
Ed: Caroline Biggerstaff & Jack
Mus: Dominic Frontiere
Peter O'Toole (Eli Cross), Steve
Railsback (Cameron), Barbara Hershey (Nina Franklin), Allen Goorwitz (Sam), Alex Rocco (Jake), Sharon Farrell (Denise)
The title alone may leave you expecting an action
movie rather than a black comedy about filmmaking, and that's what this...
The story sees an unscrupulous director (played with
relish by Peter O'Toole) who exploits a runaway fugitive by hiring him as a stuntman in his movie following the death of the original one during a tumultuous
The film, which is aimed at those who work or even
have an interest in the biz, enigmatically treads a line between make-believe and reality without having too much story to drive it. A small cult following grew around the film and it was
very well received by Oscar voters, who nominated it for Best Director, Screenplay and a well-deserved nod for Peter O'Toole.