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An unusual and difficult physical feat or an act requiring a special skill, performed for artistic purposes.

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In National Velvet why didn't they use a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor?

In National Velvet [1944] Elizabeth Taylor, as a young actress, fell from a horse and broke her back; this caused her a lot of pain for many years. Surely a stunt double could have been found. There ...
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Who did the stunts in The Greatest American Hero?

Did William Katt do his own stunts in The Greatest American Hero? Or was it a stuntman?
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Animals died during the film shooting?

Is it true, that a lot of animals died during the shooting of Gilliam's "Adventures of Baron Munchausen"? Quote from IMDB's trivia: A lot of the animals for the film died and had to be replaced. ...
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Do actors get paid more to do their own stunts?

There are several actors who are known for doing their own stunts. Generally speaking, is it an industry convention to pay actors "bonuses" for performing their own stunts?
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Saving General Yang Animals Harmed?

Were animals harmed during the making of Saving General Yang (2013)? There are scenes where horses stumble and fall on their necks, are shot with arrows, slashed with swords, jump through fire, and ...
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How did they make cars fall apart in old movies?

A staple of old Buster Keaton/Laurel and Hardy films is the car that falls completely apart, either when closing one of the doors or even when driving, like so: How exactly did they pull these ...
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Do stunt doubles go to movies where the actor lookalikes go? [closed]

Since stunt doubles look somewhat similar to the actors they're replacing for the dangerous stunts, does this mean they tend to gravitate to films where they know their lookalikes are going, since ...
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How are scenes shot in burning buildings?

Actors, Crew and equipment are all valuable -- shooting scenes in a burning building seems particularly impossible to do safely, but at the same time when watching these scenes, it's doesn't appear to ...
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How was this glass shattering scene shot without getting any injury to the head?

This is one of the scenes from Scrubs. JD (or whoever he was) bumps his head into the glass and breaks it. The scene looks pretty realistic. How was it done without ...
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Who performed the stunts for the fight scenes of The Alchemist in Vidocq?

I recently watched Vidocq and I found fascinating the Capoeira-like fighting style of The Alchemist. Did a single person perform his fight choreography? Who did that part of the stunts? Was that a ...
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How did Victor Banerjee do the train scene in A Passage to India?

There wasn't any cgi that time. Did he really do this stunt because it seems like a very dangerous one.
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Did John Woo invent the flying-double-pistol-jump?

As an example of this stunt, see the image of Chow Yun-fat performing the stunt in Hard-Boiled. Did John Woo invent the action movie stunt of a person doing a flying leap through the air while firing ...
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Did the car stunt go wrong in “Silent Night Deadly Night 2”?

In a scene in Silent Night Deadly Night 2, Ricky shoots an oncoming car, which swerves up onto a mound of dirt, only barely missing Ricky by inches due to a slight sidestep before flipping over and ...
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What is this kind of stunt called and what is the highest record for it [closed]

As seen in this clip from Lethal Weapon: Stunt men (or women) can fall from great heights and land on an air filled....mattress of some kind. Is there a name for ...
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How are car drag scenes filmed without hurting anyone?

Many movies have scenes where a man is tied to a rope which is tied from a vehicle and he is dragged for a while. The road usually has a rough surface and may contain obstructions like stones. If a ...
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How do they shoot a scene in which a character falls downstair?

How do they shoot the scenes in which a character falls downstair, like in this Revolver clip, for example:
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How was this scene shot without hurting Charlie Chaplin?

In a scene from City Lights (1931), a man tries to commit suicide before Charlie Chaplin comes and saves him. But the man accidentally ties a rope to Chaplin's neck and throws the rock into the water ...
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How was this scene from “The Lady Vanishes” shot?

This scene from "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), which has a character hanging out of a train window while another train approaches from the other direction, was so realistic. This movie was made in the ...
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How do they shoot flaming human scenes?

This scene was found in Billy Madison (1995). How do they shoot dangerous stunt scenes?
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What is this dog really biting in The Thing?

In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), when the infected dog is transforming and scaring the crap out of the other dogs, one of them jumps up and bites the chain link fence. It happens a couple of ...
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How was this scene in Jurassic World shot?

In Jurassic World, how did they shoot the scene in which Claire's assistant: Even for well trained stunt-men, being pushed in and out of a pool three four times looks very hard and dangerous.
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How did they film the motorcycle jump in Point Break (2015)?

The 2015 Point Break remake features a large number of spectacular stunts. Most of these stunts are claimed to be genuine and performed by highly skilled stuntmen. In one of the opening scenes a jump ...
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Do actors performing stunts have to take substance test?

We all know that some actors are known to abuse alcohol or drugs in their free time. Considering some of them choose to perform certain stunts without a sub, I would imagine they could impose a great ...
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How was the Burj Khalifa scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol?

How was the "Ethan Hunt dangling over the side of Burj Khalifa" scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol? Especially the final part of that scene, wherein Hunt jumps towards an open window in ...
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Do they really crash super cars in action movies?

Many action movies show super cars (i.e. $200k+) being completely totaled during action. I can imagine that some scenes are not CGI because they look overly natural. I also understand that with a ...
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How was the bear attack scene shot in the movie 'The Revenant'?

The picture below shows a scene in which a bear is attacking Leonardo DiCaprio, who is playing Hugh Glass in the movie ' The Revenant'. How was the scene shot? Was the bear real?
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How many KITTs were destroyed during production of the '80s Knight Rider series?

I'm re-watching the original '80s Knight Rider series. I've noticed that numerous times, after taking a big jump, KITT comes down at a pretty severe angle--but the shot always cuts away before you see ...
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Jumping onto a horse in movie stunts

I've seen a number of movies where the hero escapes by jumping from up high onto a horseback and riding away. My question is how practical is this in real life? To me it seems that such a stunt ...
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Are there union rules requiring stunt performers, and what does this mean for action stars who “do their own stunts”?

In an answer to this question, it is mentioned offhand: There are almost no "live shots" of this as it is technically a stunt and according to union rules ( at least in Hollywood) that requires a ...
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Do actors actually carry actresses?

I've seen a lot of movies where the actor (and sometimes actress) will carry another person bridal-style. Are they actually lifting the other person or are they carrying a dummy that looks like the ...
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How did Tom Cruise do that plane stunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation?

I wonder how the plane stunt from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is even possible, because planes travel at the speed of more than 750 miles per hour. He is just hanging with his hand in the holes....
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In Swordfish, did they really fly a bus underneath a helicopter in downtown LA?

I just saw Swordfish (again) on late night TV, and got to wondering about that last major scene. John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and a bunch of hostages are riding in a bus on a downtown LA street, when ...
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How were the scenes with Gazelle shot?

In Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle is disabled. I was surprised to discover that the actress playing the role (Sofia Boutella) is not. How were the scenes with her shot? Did she actually wear ...
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How are water scenes (with flooding) achieved without injuring actors?

Sometimes you see scenes in movies where characters are in a boat below deck, or in some other circumstance where water comes rushing in and knocks them over and they go sliding off camera. How do ...
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Are the stunts staged or spontaneous?

Through the years of watching Jack-Ass, I've always wondered about some of the stunts they do. A few come to mind When one of the guys goes into a hardware store to...use one of their display toilets....
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Coming to America sparring scene; stunt men, or self-performed?

In the beginning of Coming to America, there is a scene where Eddie Murphy's and Arsenio Hall's characters engage in a sparring session with I think they would be bo staffs. Did they perform the ...
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Injuries to stuntmen during filming

If an injury occurs to a stuntman during filming (in Hollywood), who typically covers the bill? Do stuntmen (stuntpersons) perhaps have special contracts or insurance policies?
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Breaking a whiskey glass with your bare hands: how would this have been done?

In Broken City, there's a scene where the character, Jack Valliant, breaks his whiskey glass by squeezing it with his bare hands. I'd first like to know if this is actually physically possible. Second,...
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Rooftop contraption used to simulate realistic driving scenes

I recall seeing a behind-the-scenes feature wherein it is explained that realistic action sequences involving moving cars are now possible with the use of a device which allows the car to be ...
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What happened to Frou-Frou in the 1967 Soviet film Anna Karenina?

In the 1967 Soviet film Анна Каренина directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi, there is a race sequence during which Count Vronsky's horse, Frou-Frou, is seriously injured. What happened to the horse which ...
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Is the street fight in “They Live” the longest clocked street fight in a film?

Now discounting satires or films that are specifically about fighting... Is the brawl between Nada and Frank in "They Live" the longest non-stop fight in a film? It's clocked at around 5 minutes of (...
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How is it decided whether to use a stuntman?

Stuntmen are widely used in many action films to shoot difficult and dangerous scenes. How is it decided whether to use a stuntman in a scene? Are there official rules for that?
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How are injections given without injuring actors?

In the movie Contagion, Jennifer Ehle's character is shown giving herself an injection. This got me wondering - are the injections they perform on-screen real? Do needles actually penetrate the skin ...