I rate Richard Rush's wildly imaginative "The Stunt Man" as one of the best movies ever made about making movies. The performances are terrific -- Peter O'Toole as the control-freak director, Steve Railsback as the righteously paranoid Stunt Man and Barbara Hershey as the actress who sees no evil. Director Rush is one of the good guys -- one night at a party he was kind enough to listen to me babble on about the film and what a shame it is that it isn't better known, despite the three Oscar nominations. This review refers to the limited edition of five years back, still the DVD of record:
Richard Rush promises his video audience more than they'll ever want to know about "The Stunt Man," the director's marvelous 1980 movie about the making of a movie. The Anchor Bay DVD set offers a graduate-level breakdown of the film, but it's a lesson in guerrilla filmmaking and marketing that savvy film fans will savor.
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