|Directed by||Mark L. Lester|
|Written by||Dennis Johnson|
Michael Harpster (scenario)
Robert Shaye (scenario)
|Based on||Story by Raymond Lofaro |
original idea and treatment by Shaye
|Produced by|| Raymond Lofario |
William N. Panzer
Peter S. Davis
|Edited by||Corky Ehlers|
|Music by||Michael Kamen|
|Distributed by|| New Line Cinema |
Reel Media International
EMI Films (Worldwide)
|Box office||$2 million|
Stunts, also released as The Deadly Game, is a 1977 American film drama thriller adventure directed by Mark L. Lester and starring Robert Forster.it was the first film produced by New Line Cinema.
The film opens on an unseen figure tampering with a helicopter harness. The next morning, stuntman Greg Wilson wakes up in bed next to a blonde woman. He rides his motorcycle to the set, late for a shoot. In the stunt, he is the passenger in a skiing car. He climbs out the window and grabs onto the skid of a helicopter, which climbs to a great height. During the ascent, Greg tries to attach his harness, but finds that the hook will not close. He loses his grip and falls to his death.
His brother Glen arrives on the set with reporter B.J. Parswell in tow. She is there to write about the dangers of stunt work. The producer of the film, Alvin Blake, introduces Glen to his wife Judy and asks him to join the production. He reluctantly agrees. Judy later comes onto Glen, revealing that she was sleeping with Greg and wants to see if his brother is as much fun in bed. Glen turns her down.
Meanwhile Glen joins the film's stunt team. They are a close-knit group that promise each other they would pull the plug on each other if they are ever left in a vegetative state.
Patti & Chuck Johnson are married members of the team, and they are beginning to think about having a baby. After Patti tells Chuck that she has stopped taking birth control, he loses his nerve on a 6-story fall he is supposed to take off a roof. Chuck asks Glen to switch places with him, and he takes Greg's place on the stunt team that is climbing up the building during the scene. As Glen is on the roof, shooting at the climbers during the scene, Chuck's harness fails, and he plummets to the ground. Hospitalized in a vegetative state, a tearful Glen pulls the plug on Chuck.
Realizing the tampered harness was meant for him, Glen promises B.J. that he will get revenge. In a stunt where he is supposed to emerge from a burning building while completely on fire, stuntman Paul is inside the building lighting it on fire for the shot. As he tries to exit, an unseen figure traps him inside, leading to his death.
On the day that Glen is to recreate the helicopter stunt that killed Greg, B.J. discovers that Blake is responsible for the murders. He is jealous of his wife's infidelity. She rushes to the set to stop the stunt, but it is already in progress. Blake flees in his convertible. He has loosened the skid on the helicopter, and it is starting to fall off as Greg hangs from it. B.J. tells him over the radio that Blake is the murderer. Glen directs the helicopter to hover over Blake's car. He jumps into it, just as the helicopter skid finally breaks free. Glen wrestles with Blake and jumps free of the car, just before it crashes and bursts into flames, killing Blake.
Stunts was Bob Shaye's first movie for New Line Cinema and was also the company's first full-length feature film production; for the previous 10 years they had existed solely as a distribution company."They were distributing Truck Stop Women to college campuses and they already had a script, so I was hired to direct it," said the director Mark Lester. "We hired Robert Forster because he had done Medium Cool . Don Stroud was supposed to star in it but he got into a motorcycle accident the night before shooting."
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