Hooper (1978)

Genres - Action, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy  |   Release Date - Jul 28, 1978 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Following the blockbuster success of Smokey and the Bandit, Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and director Hal Needham reunited to make the very similar Hooper, an action-laced comedy about a Hollywood stunt man who enters a dangerous rivalry with a younger stunt man. Hooper (Reynolds) and the younger stunt man (Jan-Michael Vincent) compete in a series of increasingly complex stunts in order to earn the title of "the greatest stunt man alive." Hooper is lightweight, mindless fun that doesn't have much story, but it is a stronger film than Smokey and the Bandit, largely because the characters are somewhat stronger. Everyone involved looks like they're having fun; the good-humor translates on screen.

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stuntperson, rival, Hollywood, aging, behind-the-scenes, filmmaker, mentor, retirement