The Stunt Man

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Lights, Camera, Action! In The Stunt Man, a Vietnam Vet on the run from the law becomes entangled in a movie shoot when he disrupts a staged accident and causes the death of the stunt man. Instead of turning him in, megalomaniac director Eli Cross (portrayed by Peter O'Toole in an Oscar®-nominated performance) offers Cameron an irresistible proposition: replace the deceased stunt man in exchange for sanctuary. This subversive 1980s cult classic blends elements of black comedy and action adventure into a meta-commentary on the film industry. It was hailed by critics like Pauline Kael as "a virtuoso piece of kinetic moviemaking,” and remains one of the most overlooked films of the era.