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We all love stunts. What would STEAMBOAT BILL JR. be without a house falling on Buster Keaton? Or Jackie Chan's amazing stunt work in DRUNKEN MASTER?
It’s because of this and ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD’s affectionate salute to the films and television of the late 1960s that influenced and informed Tarantino’s one-of-a-kind style, that we’re going deep with a nationwide retrospective of classic stunt-driven films and a drive to get stunt performers a category in the Academy Awards.
Yeah, you heard that right.
First up, our “Don’t Try This At Home” Stunt Programming.
We salute stunt performers as we kick off a month-long celebration called “Don’t Try This at Home" in August. This retrospective revisits a century’s worth of ground-breaking stunt performances, from Buster Keaton’s 1928 silent film STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. to director Richard Rush's acclaimed but rarely seen 1980 film THE STUNT MAN, to recent films like Lonely Island’s cult vehicle HOT ROD and George Miller’s awe-inspiring MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.
Title selection may vary by location, but most cities can expect to see the following films this August:
Witness our most shiny and chrome movie party ever as we celebrate George Miller’s modern action classic.
Throwback a few cold ones as Jake and Elwood tear through Chicago on a mission from God.
The honorable Judge Dredd is now presiding, and he’s up against a ruthless drug lord (Lena Headey) in a high-rise full of killers. In 3D at select locations.
Watch Wesley Snipes slice and dice every vampire in sight.
Strap in for the death-defying-est movie party of the year with this hilarious cult classic from The Lonely Island.
Kung-fu and comedy come together in the film that propelled Jackie Chan to stardom.
See one of the purest blends of stunt work and comedy in this gut-busting, jaw-dropping Buster Keaton masterpiece. Free for Alamo Victory members.
An eccentric action-comedy about a fugitive from the law who inadvertently becomes a stunt man on a Hollywood movie set.
Burt Reynolds shines as an aging stunt man who has to prove he’s still the best in the biz when a reckless young hotshot arrives on the scene.
And of course, where would these movies even be without the people that pull off each and every amazing daredevil maneuver to make our high octane movies so gosh darn awesome?
As a nod to Brad Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth, we’re also endorsing a decades-long campaign to recognize the usually-anonymous stunt performers who risk their lives to entertain audiences with their own Academy Awards category.
“Whether it’s jumping cars, scaling a skyscraper, or selling a punch – so much of what’s great about cinema is thanks to the hardworking stunt professionals operating behind-the-scenes,” says Tim League. “I know that the Academy is sincerely considering the addition of a ‘Best Stunt Coordinator’ category to the Oscars. I whole-heartedly support that notion, but I’m going one step further. With Quentin’s amazing stuntman tribute in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, how about we make it happen for this year’s show and have Quentin Tarantino announce the first recipient?”
The “Stand Up For Stunts” campaign is one of several in recent years to encourage the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to add the artform to upcoming ballots. Their online petition, which has so far gathered 110,000 signatures, will be promoted on-screen at every single showing of OUATIH at our theaters. Give it a sign won’t you?
And don’t miss seeing ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. Tickets are available now for regular screenings along with our special 35mm and 70mm screenings.