Movies about Hollywood artifice are nothing new but director Richard Rush takes things to another level as his waylaid protagonist begins to rebel against the Cross he bears and grandiose biblical allusions mock our notions of predetermination and divine (or otherwise) intervention—Cross’ first name actually translates as “God” <wink wink>. Deliberately pretentious and overplayed throughout (O’Toole received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the blustery, bellowing Deus ex Machina), this intriguing allegory unfortunately suffers from sloppy editing which sees it’s breakneck speed too often skid to a grinding halt. Certainly not your usual mainstream fare, but this worthy adaptation of Paul Brodeur’s novel certainly deserves its solid cult status.
This is a 1980 American drama directed by Richard Rush, based on the novel by Paul Brodeur.
It tells the story of a young fugitive who hides as a stunt double on the set of an anti-war movie whose charismatic director will do seemingly anything for the sake of his art.
Although stunt scenes are great, the story is perfunctory and ill-contrived.
After all, the script is in a bad shape.
There is NOT much worthwhile for such a long movie.
No great director makes a good movie out of a bad script.
An uneven and strange film within a film that's worthwhile for Peter O'Toole's performance as a tyrannical director. A fugitive (No, not that fugitive!) wanders onto a film set and soon finds himself employed as a stunt man, hiding from the cops, clashing with the director, and falling for the leading lady (Barbara Hershey). O'Toole is great and apparently based his performance on "Lawrence of Arabia" director David Lean. But the movie, despite some slick cinematography is a lumpy, overlong, poorly edited mess with no real point. There's a making of it DVD out there as well. Director Richard Rush wouldn't make another movie until the sexy (and crappy) "Color of Night" with Bruce Willis.
One of the most Disappointing -Unwatchable films I’ve ever seen this year. No substance, No script, No storyline, No acting abilities, A Really Dumb Movie. "I fast forwarded all the way." It would be a waste of money to buy.
Complicated, wickedly funny, a brilliant performance by Peter O'Toole. One of his best.
I have been waiting for a long time.
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