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The Hunter (1980)

The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Ted Leighton (screenplay), Peter Hyams (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Papa Thorson
Eli Wallach ... Ritchie Blumenthal
Kathryn Harrold ... Dotty
LeVar Burton ... Tommy Price
Ben Johnson ... Sheriff Strong
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Spota
Tracey Walter ... Rocco Mason
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Bernardo (as Tom Rosales)
Teddy Wilson ... Winston Blue (as Theodore Wilson)
Ray Bickel Ray Bickel ... Luke Branch
Bobby Bass ... Matthew Branch
Karl Schueneman Karl Schueneman ... Billie Joe
Margaret Mary O'Hara Margaret Mary O'Hara ... Child on Subway (as Margaret O'Hara)
James Spinks ... Angry Car Owner
Frank Delfino Frank Delfino ... Poker Player
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Storyline

In order to track down bail jumpers, Ralph 'Papa' Thorson goes on a series of routine and not-so-routine searches. Sometimes he takes down his quarry easily. At other times, he's forced to extreme measures which result in the injury or death of a lawbreaker. And then again, there are other moments when his own life is on the line. It's all enough to make Thorson question what he has done with his life. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

He's not as fast as he used to be... That's what makes him human. He's a bounty hunter... And that's what makes him dangerous. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le chasseur See more »

Filming Locations:

Joliet, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,274,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,274,150
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three 1979 Pontiac Grand Prixs were used during the chase up the Marina City West Tower parking garage - one of the cars which was used in the stunt where the car dives out of the West Tower on the 17th floor was fitted with an accelerator lock fixed to the trunk; the car was later salvaged from the Chicago River. Six camera crews filmed the car dive including one from a hovering helicopter. In the original script - the fugitive Bernardo was supposed to survive the crash but the producers changed the script where the impact of the Grand Prix was too severe. See more »

Goofs

When Papa runs and jumps to avoid a thrown stick of dynamite, his bomber jacket is unzipped as he starts to jump, is zipped up mid jump, and then unzipped as he lands again. See more »

Quotes

Ralph 'Papa' Thorson: I'm getting too old for this shit.
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Alternate Versions

The US release features a score by French composer Michel Legrand, one sequence is scored by 'Charles Bernstein'. The European dubbed versions (in French, Spanish, Italian, and German) feature only the music of 'Charles Bernstein'. Omitted in these versions are also the passages of source music from McQueen's/Papa's radio (Opera). The region 1 DVD made by Paramount for the US market features only the American version. The region 2 DVD also made by Paramount, this time for the European market, features both scores: Legrand's score on the English language track, Bernstein's score on the tracks in Spanish, French, Italian, and German. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Della sua pace
from opera "Don Giovanni"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Robin Reed
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McQueen's last
10 May 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

"Tom Horn," Steve McQueen's second to last feature, would have been a more appropriate swan song for the legendary star than this rather ramshackle production, but this action picture is much better than it is usually given credit for. There is an almost TV look about it (the director, Buzz Kulik, has amassed more credits for the small screen than he has in theatrical films), but McQueen, looking for all the world like the picture of health (a year after the film was shot, he'd be dead), is terrific and he makes it all worthwhile. The supporting cast isn't too shabby either, especially Kathryn Harrold as McQueen's woman, and, of course, the always welcome Eli Wallach.


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