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).

In a lightning-swift motion, the cop clamps his hands down over

Cameron's wrists, snapping the HANDCUFFS on. The trap has sprung.


Cameron nods his head in resignation. A big uncontrollable grin

breaks and spreads over the cop's face.




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Then suddenly, Cameron bolts, desperately springing full speed for

the back door. He flings it open. The cops are moving toward him.

One has almost got his gun out.


Cameron! Halt! I'll shoot!

Cameron lunges through the doorway, not realizing in his frenzy the

screen door still blocks his path. He tears through it, but gets

stuck halfway.



No!...God, don't shoot!

Swinging his manacled arms like a club against the tangled mesh, he

breaks free and runs.


As Cameron flies down the back steps, a COP stationed at the rear

door, caught off-guard, tries to stop him but is shoved flat on his

back. Cameron weaves and scrambles across the yard, over fences,

between the shed and the barn, rolling beneath a building, out the

other side. Behind him, distant shouts and a gunshot.


As Cameron runs, he moves with a skill that suggests forests are not

alien to him. He crouches low, following tiny avenues in the maze

of tree trunks, scrambling on all fours over needles and fallen

cones. Sweat pours down his face. His breath rasps in his throat.

He breaks into a clearing and FREEZES...suddenly face to face with a

MAN who crouches, blocking his path. It is one of the telephone

linemen we saw earlier.


The lineman, kneeling at his tool chest, is surprised by Cameron.

The other lineman is halfway up the power pole. They both stare at

Cameron's handcuffs. Cameron edges back, his escape route blocked.

The man on the ground grabs a WRENCH and moves forward with the same

gleam in his eye we saw when he scared that bird from the tree.

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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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