This film (which, it is noted, can no longer be purchased new in its country of origin, *sigh*), is one of the most incredible, enjoyable and revolutionary films ever made.
From building brand new equipment never before seen or used, to ground breaking camera technique and a script that is beguiling, bewildering and mind bending in the best sense, The Stunt Man is one of the most solidly entertaining films ever made. It is funny and outrageous, tender and horrifying, sometimes from one second to the next, certainly from one minute to the next.
Always surprising, the script is deeply fortunate in its incredible cast. Peter O'Toole grabs you by the collar and drags you through the story screaming for mercy and begging for more. Barbra Hershey and Steve Railsback are extraordinary, their characters sharply and deeply realized, maintaining a thread of sanity and insanity, respectively, with clarity and commitment.
Cult hit? Huh. If God could do the tricks that Richard Rush can do ... he's be a happy man.