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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glendolene Kimmel
U.S. Marshal Joe Belle
Sheriff Sam Creedmore
Peter Canon ...
Assistant Prosecutor
Stablehand (as Elisha Cook)
Lee Mendenhour
James Kline ...
Arlo Chance
Walter Stoll
Thomas Burke
Steve Oliver ...
Bill Thurman ...
Bert Williams ...
Bobby Bass ...
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A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the simple skills he knows are of no help in dealing with the ambitions of ranchers and corrupt officials as progress marches over him and the old west. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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28 March 1980 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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This was William Wiard's only feature film directing credit. See more »


In the opening sequence, the wording says, "In 1901 he drifted into Wyoming 'Territory'". Wyoming had been a state since 1890. See more »


Tom Horn: Listen, why are you hangin' around with me?
Glendolene Kimmel: Because you are a link to the Old West.
Tom Horn: If you really knew how dirty and raggedy-assed the Old West was, you wouldn't want any part of it.
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Give Credit Where It's Due!
26 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a McQueen fan I was somewhat disappointed in the film, but at the same time McQueen was ill, but proved that he could stick with a project to the finish. At least this version was more realistic than the David Carradine version "Mr. Horn", which was released in 1979. McQueen's version had a little more historical integrity than the latter version, and was more committed to telling the truth.

McQueen was always a physical actor, and especially in private as one of Bruce Lee's favorite Jeet Kune Do students, the others being James Coburn and Kareem Abdul Jabar. During the scene when Tom Horn escapes and is running from the deputies, I felt that McQueen was giving it his all, and that he knew his time was short, "so why not show the fans I've still got it?" The way he was gasping for air, and just gave up running made me think he wasn't acting, and however he felt after that take hurt me just the same watching it.

So let's not totally ignore what McQueen was trying to do. Even in "The Hunter", which was to go out in a blaze of glory. At that time in 1980, and his condition maybe that was the best he could give us. Still he gave of himself as an actor, an artist, and a professional right when the average guy couldn't, but we all know he wasn't the average guy. So let's give credit to "Tom Horn" where it's due, to it's star, who didn't want to let us down; by simply showing us he could still get in front of the camera and grace us simply with his presence.

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