El Paso, TX

July 18 - July 28, 2024 • El Paso, TX


Cult Classic
Wednesday, July 26
Philanthropy Theatre

Burt Reynolds (Smokey and The Bandit, The Longest Yard) plays Sonny Hooper, the greatest movie stuntman in the world whose long-held honorary title is challenged by newcomer Delmore “Ski” Shidski (Jan-Michael Vincent). Ski is willing to do very dangerous stunts with minimal care or knowledge of possible repercussions. When a doctor warns Hooper about becoming a paraplegic after a major fall, he considers retirement. But a large $100,000 payout for death-defying stunt in a new movie leads him to team with Ski — even after his girlfriend Gwen (Sally Field) threatens to leave him. Stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham (Smokey and The Bandit, Cannonball Run) pays homage to the stuntmen and women of the film industry in this Top 10 box-office hit, one of his eight films with Reynolds. Trivia: Hooper was the first film to include blooper clips during the closing credits, now a staple. — Jaime Mendez

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Rated: PG