The Stunt Man script
The Stunt Man (1980)
Synopsis: On the run from the police, Cameron (Steve Railsback) crashes the set of a Hollywood war movie. When he inadvertently causes a stunt man's death, the film's manipulative director, Eli Cross (Peter O'Toole), decides to shelter Cameron from the cops if he steps in as the daredevil's replacement. Though the arrangement seems like a good deal, it soon becomes a perilous position, with the situation only complicated when Cameron falls for the movie's lead actress, Nina Franklin (Barbara Hershey).

MAN:

That's really a beaut...really a

beaut!

The MAN is staring at the TATOO which shows below the rolled-up

sleeve of Cameron's shirt, a large American Eagle with elaborate

scrollwork and a patriotic slogan. The man pulls up his own sleeve

to show a small tatoo of an anchor.

MAN (CONT'D)

My wife still yells about this...but

yours -- that's some eagle...like a

billboard.

CAMERON:

(eyes on police)

Yeah, that's the grand old bird.

(a half-smile)

Right now I just wish the son-of-a

bitch could fly.

Cameron rises and moves across the diner to the pinball machine.

12

ANGLE ON PINBALL

The PLAYER wiggles and contorts, using body English to influence the

balls.

- 4

HECKLER:

Hey Morton, you think your ass is

connected to the machine? You

wiggle, it's gonna make the ball go

where you want?

12A

Cameron's eyes scan the room, passing the TV above the counter. On

it, the commercial shows a beautiful girl (who we'll later know as

NINA FRANKLIN) bending over a bowl of dog food. Her ass, too,

12B

wiggles engagingly. The pinball player leaves the machine.

Cameron, stalling for time, works the plunger while a cop stalks

closer; like the cat to the mouse hole.

POLICEMAN:

Hey, you're lucky. Somebody left a

free ball.

CAMERON:

Uh huh.

Cameron shoots. The ball bounces crazily inside the machine, lights

and buzzers flashing. Another policeman approaches.

SECOND POLICEMAN

You got 20,000! You're gonna win...

CAMERON:

Win what?

SECOND POLICEMAN

A free game!

CAMERON:

Terrific...

He rests his hands on the machine, glancing about. Escape seems

hopeless.

CAMERON (CONT'D)

...that's just what I needed...one

more chance to lose.

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Richard Rush

Richard Rush (born April 15, 1929 in New York, New York) is an American movie director, scriptwriter, and producer. He is best known for the Oscar-nominated The Stunt Man. His other works, however, have been less celebrated. The next best-known of his movies is Color of Night — also nominated, but in this case for the Golden Raspberry Award. Rush also directed Freebie and the Bean, an over-the-top police buddy comedy/drama starring Alan Arkin and James Caan. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1990 movie Air America. more…

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