When I worked in small-market television, there were occasions where the entire crew had to be present, but not actually doing anything, in preparation for severe weather or large-scale productions.  During one such instance, we would share cautionary tales of TV idiocy past, including a story that my friend Denny told about having to edit a movie to fit a given time slot and cutting out some silly car chase.  That movie was ‘Bullitt’, and the car chase in question is considered one of the great moments of modern cinema… And now you know… The REST of the blah blah blah fishcakes.  Traditional stunt work is less common in these days of CGI (and justifiably so, given the expense and danger involved), but you can still occasionally find a gem like the Ships Mast scene from ‘Death-Proof’ or fall back on any given Burt Reynolds flick.  (If you time it right, you can watch one every day, although I don’t recommend it.  Especially ‘Stick.’)  In fact, the appreciation of the unknown stuntman (Hey Hey!) leads us to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still loves Hal Needham movies because of the mostly needless car jumps, chases and random explosions, like a proto-Michael Bay, only with talent, asking: What’s your favorite movie stunt-work moment?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. DamienR
    May 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    I’ve always been torn between the aerial twist of the AMC Hornet in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, and the parachute ‘fall’ at the start of ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. Brilliant for their times!!

  2. May 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Wow… good question today… if we’re talking iconic – old school would be the Ben Hur Chariot Race… if your talking new school Golden Eye Bungee Jump… if we’re just talking bad @$$ then anything Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee

  3. May 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    This scene from Family Guy’s “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story”

    Actually, I can’t give a single moment, but I like Jackie Chan doing his own stuntwork. They might not be as exciting as epic car chases or anything, but I gotta admire someone who does such things as getting hurt and continuing to do his own stunts as much as he has.

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