In 1986 Dar Robinson, the premier Hollywood stuntman whose cocky demeanor never won him any popularity contests, overshot a turn during a motorcycle chase scene in Arizona and was killed. I tell you this because The Ultimate Stuntman doesn’t.
Host-narrator Chuck Norris, whose high-falutin’ tone suggests he’ll be the next movie star to take on Hamlet, reverentially recaps Robinson’s career, from taking a jump for Steve McQueen in Papillon in 1973 to serving as stunt coordinator on Lethal Weapon just before he died. Some stars (Mel Gibson and Timothy Hutton among them) reminisce about working with Robinson, and there’s some thrilling footage of the man in action, including a spectacular car jump off a 2,000-foot cliff.
But the producers seem to be hiding something by never mentioning his wives (he was married twice) and being so vague about the way he died. The interview with his father might have explored why Robinson chose this line of work, but that question never comes up. C-