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Lee H. Katzin
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
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At he beginning of the horse-breaking scene the horse's hair is a mess and covered in mud. Once the horse is lassoed, the horse is suddenly clean and brushed. At the conclusion of the scene, as it runs away, the horse is muddy again. See more »
Listen, why are you hangin' around with me?
Because you are a link to the Old West.
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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Steve McQueen's second to last feature (followed by "The Hunter") was undeservedly neglected upon its release in 1980. Westerns still had not made a comeback, and McQueen himself had not been seen in a major commercial vehicle since "The Towering Inferno" in 1974. As Tom Horn, McQueen, then suffering from a deadly form of lung cancer that would take his life only six months after the film's release, had a fittingly poignant role as the famed scout who faces his execution (on trumped-up charges) with a quiet dignity and weary resignation. Some of the story seems muddled (did he or did he not accidentally kill a child, having mistaken it for an animal?), but McQueen's performance is strong and well worth seeing, as is the film as a whole.
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