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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was not the first time that Steve McQueen played a bounty hunter. McQueen had played a bounty hunter about twenty years earlier in the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958), and in Tom Horn (1980). See more »

Goofs

In the Chicago train sequence, when the train they are on leaves the station it has four cars. In the tunnel scene when they get off of the train and the train pulls away, there are more than four cars. See more »

Quotes

Ralph 'Papa' Thorson: I don't know what you've been using, Mason, but it's not good for you!
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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

Referenced in La balance (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Sempre Libera
from opera "La Traviata"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Performed by Pamela Hicks
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The King Of Cool's Final Film
12 December 2002 | by modano1973See all my reviews

When i decided to watch all of Steve McQueen's films, i went the opposite direction and watched this film first, rather than starting with his early films. There seems to be a curse with great actors doing terrible films right before they pass away. Robert Shaw, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers, Henry Fonda (Fonda seemed to have appeared in just about every disaster film before his death in 1981), to name a few. I beg to differ in Steve McQueen's case. Sure this film isn't an earth shattering, Oscar winning experience. Sure this film seems like it was made for TV. Sure this film isn't McQueen's best work. But the great acting alone from McQueen, good supporting work from LeVar Burton and Eli Wallach, and the great subway chase at the end of the film, certainly raises this film above made for TV fare. So, to you Leonard Maltin, this film is NOT McQueen's worst film. It's a fine end to a great career for the King Of Cool.


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