Best Stunt Work – 1969

My Nominations: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. The Wild Bunch. The Battle Of Britain. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Marlowe. The Italian Job. Downhill Racer.

BCATSK is of course known for for the cliff jump scene – impressive at the time but it has of course been surpassed many times in the decades since. There are plenty of other great stunts and action in the movie, from the gripping train introduction to the various shoot outs, fights, and even Paul Newman’s whimsical bike antics. Similarly, The Wild Bunch is filled with shoot outs, more train action, and horse falls aplenty. Battle Of Britain has all the explosions and action you would expect from a war film – a Guy Hamilton war film no less, but where it raises the game is with the exceptional aerial set pieces – some of the best you’ll ever see in terms of scale, pace, and realism. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service I have always felt to be one of the more action-lite Bond movies, but it has its fair share of stunt too – the Piz Gloria ski slope scenes are memorable. Speaking of ski stunts, Downhill Racer also has excellent snow action, though the focus is much more on realism than Bond’s fun and games. Marlowe’s nomination goes almost single-handedly to Bruce lee, whose demolition of James Garner’s office is both humourous and a sign of things to come for the Chinese star – though there is also standard gun action towards the end of the film. Finally, The Italian Job has car chases galore which have become iconic, at least in Britain.

My Winner: Battle of Britain

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Let us know in the comments which film of 1969 you think deserves the Best Stunt Work award!

 

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One thought on “Best Stunt Work – 1969

  1. John Charet March 2, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Great post 🙂 All of these films have really great stunt work. My personal pick for this category though would either be On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or The Wild Bunch.

    P.S. I did not watch the Sunday’s night Oscars, but my number one favorite film of 2016 was not even nominated for Best Picture let alone every other category. To put it in other words, The Best Picture of 2016 in my opinion is a British film entitled High-Rise by English filmmaker Ben Wheatley. Though you probably knew that already since you read my site regularly 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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