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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
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According to director Arthur Penn, the real-life Tom Horn was the inspiration for the villainous Marlon Brando character in his "The Missouri Breaks" (1976). In interviews, Penn described his screenwriter, Thomas McGuane, as an expert on the life of Tom Horn, which may be why McGuane is also one of the screenwriters on this rather different version of Horn's adventures. 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 »
"I am afraid of losing my ability to be able to come and go as I please."
Directed by William Wiard and based on a true story, "Tom Horn" opens in 1901, in Wyoming, where McQueen meets John C. Coble (Richard Farnsworth) who offered him to ease up at his place for a while Tom accepted, but he said I'd to earn my keep
Seeing Horn with great ability with a rifle, and after speaking with the Association, John asks him to eliminate the rustlers who have completely wiped out their herd profits not to mention what the buzzards and the predators have done to their cash crops
But after one incident has disturbed the Association in town, and the rustling has stopped, they determined to get rid of Horn forgetting he was only doing what they hired him to do Mc Queen plays well the Indian tracker "scared to death of lobster, the man of the West "afraid to lose his freedom and not be able to get back up in those hills again."
Linda Evans is appealing as the school teacher from Hawaii who saw a man of the Old West trying to live in the New
Richard Farnsworth is the loyal friend John C. Coble who was quite sure that Tom never killed that kid John advices him not to try to break out of the jail He knows he can do it, but it's just admitting his guilt if he tries
Billy Green Bush is the U.S. Marshal Joe Belle who asks the newspaperman to sit behind the door and write lying down what he hears real good
Slims Pickens is the old Sheriff Sam Creed who arrested Tom
With a legendary hero, great photography and good direction "Tom Horn" is very good Western to watch
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