A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Hard work brings rewards. The importance of teamwork. Facing your fears and overcoming them. Taking responsibility for your actions. Speaking out against those who bully and neglect others.
Positive Role Models
The real-life stunt performers who are interviewed all stress the importance of working hard and show great courage, although some acknowledge that people occasionally put themselves in danger without realizing it. Brief references to some of the interviewees being involved in minor criminal activity.
The cast is predominantly White and male. Brief discussions about female stunt performers.
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Violence & Scariness
Discussions about firearms, references to shooting guns, punching, and fighting with other weapons. Some peril as stunt people perform real-life jumps, falls, and other dangerous acts. Archive footage of gunfire and movie deaths. No gore. Staged punches and kicks. Discussion of people being seriously injured, but not graphic. A stunt person discusses being set on fire, with footage. Several conversations about serious and permanent injuries, including fatalities.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One brief, obscure reference to a romantic liaison.
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Language used includes "arse," "bastard," "s--t," "bollocked," "f---ing," "sod," and "balls."
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Products & Purchases
Interviewees discuss the benefits of wealth but also the uncertainty of their work.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief reference to drinking to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hollywood Bulldogs is an excellent documentary about British stunt people in the entertainment industry with archive footage and reference to injuries, including fatalities. Narrated by Ray Winstone, the film focuses largely on the 1970s and '80s when the stunt person profession became legitimized. The interviewees talk with candor and good humor about their first-hand experiences. But they are also thoughtful and articulate about what it took for them to succeed. The group of British stunt performers interviewed are predominantly White and male. But some do acknowledge the work of female stunt performers. Violence is discussed and portrayed as a matter of course. Archive movie footage shows punches, kicks, falls, and other perilous situations. Outside of their work, the participants discuss some real-world violence when referencing their backgrounds as soldiers, bouncers, and others' criminal behavior. There are some instances of swearing -- including "f---ing" and "s--t" -- mainly when other people are being quoted. The documentary sometimes goes by the longer title Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntman. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A bright and bold exploration of an under-appreciated art form, this insightful documentary is an enjoyable sit-down with a group of unlikely heroes. Hollywood Bulldogs focuses on the community of British stunt performers who established themselves against the odds during the 1970s and '80s. Having helped drive change and improve standards across the industry, the filmmakers wisely give the interviewees room to tell their remarkable stories.
There's much to savor for movie lovers here, from archive footage of classic flicks from different eras to the way in which the participants speak largely without a filter. Icons such as John Wayne and Steven Spielberg are praised and remembered with funny anecdotes, while Michael Winner is frankly dismissed as "pathetic" and likened to a bully on set. Perhaps a wider story could be told about a more diverse group of stunt performers' work, but the scope of Hollywood Bulldogs is to capture and commemorate a particular set of friends and colleagues. In that respect, it's a smash hit.
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