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Stunts (1977)

After a stunt man dies while he is involved in the making of a motion picture, his brother takes his place in order to find out what really happened.

Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writers:

Raymond Lofaro (story), Dennis Johnson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forster ... Glen Wilson
Fiona Lewis ... B.J. Parswell
Ray Sharkey ... Paul Salerno
Joanna Cassidy ... Patti Johnson
Bruce Glover ... Chuck Johnson
Richard Lynch ... Pete Lustig
Darrell Fetty ... Dave Allison
James Luisi ... Alvin Blake
Candice Rialson ... Judy Blake
Malachi Throne ... Earl O'Brien
Janet Hadland Janet Hadland ... Doctor
H.B. Haggerty ... Redneck
Dave Shelley Dave Shelley ... Jack
Gary Davis ... Greg Wilson (as Gary Charles Davis)
Alex Kubik Alex Kubik ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

Expert stuntman Glen Wilson is called in to finish stunts for a movie plagued by production problems. It turns out that his younger brother Greg, also a stuntman, was killed in an accident during filming or so it seemed. En route to the shooting location, he picks up B.J. Parswell, an ambitious journalist who's doing a story on stuntmen. Things get hairy when his stuntmen pals are getting killed one by one during the stunts. Written by Jmac1988

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Dying is one hell of a way to make a living. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Who is Killing the Stuntmen? See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the motorcycle funeral, the group is drinking from a bottle of Dewar's White Label Scotch whiskey. See more »

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Quotes

B.J. Parswell: [to Glen, after going on a thrill ride with him] You stupid son of a bitch!
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It's a hard knock Stuntman life!
31 August 2018 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

It may perhaps be a very morbid statement, but it's also an undeniable truth that action movies are far more likely to gain a cult reputation when a stuntman actually dies on set. This is somewhat the hidden premise of "Stunts", an extremely low-budgeted but nevertheless compelling and entertaining late 70s popcorn flick directed by Mark L. Lester ("Class of 1984", "Commando"). The premise is processed into a "whodunit" scenario and a film-within-film narrative structure, complete with intrigues between the different cast and crew members and various red herrings regarding the possible identity of the saboteur/stuntman killer. Robert Forster tries hard to come across as the stoic and experienced stuntman, Glen Wilson, who joins the production of a low-keyed action vehicle to investigate the circumstances of the helicopter accident in which his younger brother (also a reckless stuntman) died. Glen is convinced that his brother's gear got sabotaged and that his death wasn't accidental, and he's obviously right, since more bizarre accidents occur on the set. Much more than Brian Trenchard-Smith's contemporary "Stunt Rock", Lester's "Stunts" gives us a handful of interesting insights in the world of movie stunt work and special effects. The film also wants us to believe that stuntmen form a sort of sacred community that performs specific funeral rituals and make pacts to "pull the plug" when one of them ends up living as a vegetable when a stunt goes wrong. I don't know if there's any truth in all this, but admittedly it ensures a couple of memorable scenes. Robert Forster's acting is rather wooden, but I enjoyed the roles of familiar faces in the supportive cast, such as Ricard Lynch as the arrogant special effects wizard and Bruce Glover as stuntman Chuck who makes a really nasty fall from a six-stores tower.


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