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Hollywood Bulldogs

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Stunt person docu has peril, movie violence, some language.

Movie NR 2021 105 minutes
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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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