Cinema: Throwaway

HOOPER

Directed by Hal Needham

Screenplay by Thomas Rickman and Bill Kerby

Hooper is Burt Reynolds' annual Kleenex of a movie—something to use and throw away without much thought beyond a certain gratitude for the convenience of the thing. This time the nation's favorite good ole boy is cast as an aging movie stunt man being challenged for his ascendancy in the profession by a kid (Jan-Michael Vincent). The rough edges of the latter's ambitions, however, are smoothed down by the camaraderie of the stunt-man community, so after some brawling and boozing, he and...

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