Hollywood Bulldogs on BritBox: The true story behind the great British stuntmen who took over Hollywood in the 70s and 80s

BritBox is exclusively streaming Hollywood Bulldogs, a film about the rise and fall of Britain’s stuntmen in 1970s and 80s Hollywood.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 23 June 2021 - 3.42pm

From classic 007 action sequences to iconic stunts in Indiana Jones and Star Wars, some of the greatest moments in Hollywood history were created by a small community of British performers.

BritBox film Hollywood Bulldogs shines a light on the little known group of British men who dominated the stunt scene in the 1970s and 80s, standing in for the biggest names and filming scenes from the most popular films of the era.

With the unmistakable tones of Ray Winstone as narrator, this film lifts the lid on a group of people who lived outside the limelight and on the periphery of pop culture.

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The film is directed by Jon Spira, who previously made music documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar and Elstree 1976, a movie about the making of Star Wars and the legacy it left in the UK.

Here is everything you need to know about Hollywood Bulldogs...

Who are the Hollywood Bulldogs?

The Hollywood Bulldogs were the “tough old geezers” who took the falls, filmed the stunts and crashed the cars in the biggest movie franchises of the 70s and 80s.

Dolph Lundgren with his stuntman BritBox

If you’ve ever watched Indiana Jones, a classic James Bond film, the original Superman movies or Flash Gordon, you’ll have seen them in action.

Some of the most legendary stuntmen of all-time, including Vic Armstrong, Rocky Taylor and Greg Powell are interviewed for this new documentary.

The film reveals how big tax breaks lured Hollywood movies to shoot in the UK and hire British crews and stuntmen.

This meant it was a small community of British performers who took on all the dangerous sequences for iconic films such as Rambo, Conan and the Alien.

How to watch Hollywood Bulldogs

Hollywood Bulldogs is streaming from Thursday, June 24 on BritBox.

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