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People who added this item 1224 Average listal rating (832 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Abyss (1989)
Ed Harris almost drowned after he ran out of air. James Cameron kept rolling. As soon Harris came out, he punched Cameron in the face.
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People who added this item 1713 Average listal rating (1191 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Ron Perlman hit his head and almost drowned while filming a water scene. Winona Ryder almost drowned as well.
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People who added this item 4320 Average listal rating (3049 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
While filming the shot of Griff's gang crashing into the courthouse, a stuntwoman was accidentally propelled into a hard stone pillar, rather than the breakable glass they were supposed to hit and nearly died. This was the take that was used, and you can see her hit it in the final cut.
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People who added this item 3776 Average listal rating (2636 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
During the hanging scene, the catch that would prevent Michael J. Fox from hanging failed, and the crew didn't notice until filming stopped. They immidiately cut him down and he passed out.
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People who added this item 325 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
For a scene that took place at an amusement park, they filmed a scene on a roller coaster, but one of the actors thought the camera mounted on the coaster looked unstable so they did a test run. It flew forward and would've killed all the actors had they been on the coaster at the time.
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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Brainstorm (1983)
While filming a scene that required her character to have a heart attack Natalie Wood had a real heart attack, and the crew didn't notice until after the take was finished.
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People who added this item 1803 Average listal rating (1217 ratings) 8.9 IMDB Rating 9.5
Breaking Bad (2008)
A sudden gust of wind blew a top off the top of an RV that was being held down by a boulder, and it landed where Aaron Paul had been standing only a few seconds ago.
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People who added this item 441 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
The child-catchers vehicle got in a bad wreck that could've been fatal had the actor not jumped out of the vehicle as quickly as he did.
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People who added this item 5441 Average listal rating (3591 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
During the scene where Alex is being drowned, the breathing machine malfunctioned, so Malcolm McDowell was really being drowned in that scene. Nobody noticed until after the take was over.
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People who added this item 760 Average listal rating (429 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
The woman that was being pulled onto the train by Yuri, and almost had her legs mangled by the train when she tripped.
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People who added this item 667 Average listal rating (635 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Emily Blunt almost killed Tom Cruise when she was filming a car chase by driving into a tree.
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People who added this item 2178 Average listal rating (1274 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
The make-up John Hurt had to wear was extremely heavy. As a result, one day when he decided to take a nap, he almost suffocated to death.
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (238 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
While filming a car chase sequence, the brakes on Jason Statham's car failed, and he drove directly into the sea. He managed to escape from the sinking car, and swam up to the surface.
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People who added this item 960 Average listal rating (655 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Sean Connery saved Daniela Bianchi's life when a helicopter was coming in too steep and was headed straight for her, but he tackled her out of the way.
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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
During the filming of the episode with a lion, Bob Denver (Gilligan) was almost mauled to the death by the lion after it took a swipe at him while filming a scene.
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People who added this item 2714 Average listal rating (1794 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.9
Had Eli Wallach lifted his head even an inch during the train scene, he would've been decapitated.
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People who added this item 298 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Good Wife (2009)
While on set, Kristen Chenoweth was hit in the face with a light fixture that had fallen. The hit resulted in a concussion, skull fracture, and broken nose.
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People who added this item 4752 Average listal rating (3251 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
The fire at the movie theater was real, and it got so out of control that Eli Roth (who passed out from the intense heat) and Omar Doom almost burned to death.
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People who added this item 3393 Average listal rating (2299 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7
While filming the first battle in the woods, the animatronic horse Tom Cruise was riding on malfunctioned, and he was nearly decapitated by a sword swing from Hiroyuki Sanada, but he was able to stop the blade from cutting off the head inches from his neck.
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People who added this item 717 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Johnny Depp fell off his horse while filming a scene and was nearly trampled.
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A stuntman accidentally threw a knife straight at Viggo Mortensen while filming the battle Uruk-Hai, but he was able to deflect it with his sword.
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Viggo Mortensen was pulled by a river current and almost drowned during the filming of the river scene.
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People who added this item 4539 Average listal rating (2895 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.4
Lost (2004)
While filming the series finale, Matthew Fox was stabbed in the chest with a knife when it wasn't swapped with a collapsable knife. Fortunately he was wearing a Kevlar suit that saved his life, which he almost didn't put on.
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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Lucy Show (1962)
Lucille Ball almost drowned in a shower that was completely filled with water. Vivian Vance saved her by literally pulling her up by her hair.
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People who added this item 3558 Average listal rating (2324 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Hilary Swank got a really bad staff infection on her foot during her boxing training, but ignored it. Finally it ruptured, forcing her to go to the hospital. The infection was so bad by the time it was treated that it nearly reached her heart.
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People who added this item 4550 Average listal rating (3172 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
The Mummy (1999)
Brandan Frasier was almost hanged to death when the catch failed (much like BTTF 3 example).
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People who added this item 2175 Average listal rating (1430 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
The kid who played Atreyu almost drowned in the mud during the filming of the Swamp of Sadness when his foot got stuck in the elevator that was supposed to lower him.
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An empty van started to roll down a hill that would've killed Uma Thurman and someone else. Pierce Brosnan happened to see it, and unable to get either of them to hear him, raced and jumped into the van and was able to stop it before it reached them.
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People who added this item 1696 Average listal rating (1122 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Poltergeist (1982)
Oliver Robins was really being strangled by the toy clown and at first the crew didn't notice, but Spielberg finally realized it and rushed to his aid.
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People who added this item 504 Average listal rating (368 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
Red Dwarf (1988)
During the filming of one episode that required Craig Charles to walk backwards underwater, he nearly drowned.
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People who added this item 401 Average listal rating (286 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Meryl Streep fell off the raft during the last take of the raft scene, and nearly drowned.
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People who added this item 2647 Average listal rating (1740 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
Rush Hour (1998)
Jackie Chan's skull was almost crushed by two metal boxes slamming together that missed him by mere inches.
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People who added this item 1022 Average listal rating (689 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.9
The 6th Day (2000)
Arnold Schwarzenegger almost drowned on the set.
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Shortly after filming a scene in a water tank, an electrical light fell and landed in the tank, which would've killed Mark Hamil had he been in it.
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People who added this item 1554 Average listal rating (994 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
While filming the final climactic chase, Gunnar Hanson slipped and the chainsaw flew out of his hands and landed just inches from his face.

His mask also slipped during another take of the same chase, which blinded him temporarily, and he almost sawed Marilyn Burns in half.

During the filming of the dinner scene, the experience was so torturous, that Gunnar Hanson admitted that his mind had started to slip and he nearly murdered Marilyn Burns to get the scene over with.
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People who added this item 261 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Fred Haise (one of the Astronauts from Apollo 13) who was a stunt pilot in this film, got in a really bad BT 13 crash which burned two-thirds of his body and hospitalized him for 3 months.
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People who added this item 3340 Average listal rating (2203 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Buddy Ebsen (the original choice to play the Tin-Man) had a bad allergic reaction to the make-up that ending up leaving him hospitalized.

Also, Margaret Hamilton suffered severe burns during one of the scenes that involved the pillar of smoke the witch would disappear and reappear in.
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Sometimes, actors or stuntpeople are almost killed during the production of a movie or television show. Here are a list of such occurances.

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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jul 7 19:27
Interesting list.

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