July 23rd marks the debut of the feature-length documentary Stuntman, that recreates a famous failed Evil Knievel rocket-powered stunt.
We’re living in a moment where it feels like finally, the talented and hard-working members of the stunt industry are starting to get their due. With the Emmys recently adding in an award for stunt performers, and the World Taurus Awards – essentially the ‘stunt Oscars’ – getting more coverage than ever before, this long-overlooked area of the film industry is starting to get some of the recognition it’s owed.
That’s being reflected in a wave of documentaries about the profession too. We’ve recently seen Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story and the UK stunt documentary Hollywood Bulldogs arrive in the last few months. And now, courtesy of Disney+, we’re getting a wide release of Stuntman, a film that focuses on a retiring stuntman, Eddie Braun, who decides to recreate one of Evil Knievel’s most famous (and failed) stunts, before leaving the profession.
The film will arrive on July 23rd. And here’s the trailer for it…
We’ll leave you with the official synopsis:
The documentary film follows legendary stuntman Eddie Braun as he attempts one of the most dangerous stunts in history. Contemplating retirement and having survived over three decades of hellacious car crashes, explosions, high falls and death-defying leaps, Eddie decides to complete what his childhood hero never finished – the infamous Snake River Canyon rocket jump – an audacious televised event that almost killed famed daredevil, Evel Knievel.
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