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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 ...
Corbett's Bodyguard


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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Post-production was fraught - the producers attempting both a linear version of the film and then another telling the story in flashback, before settling on the former approach. The film was still being reedited ahead of its March 1980 release date, but to no avail - it received poor reviews and was another box office failure. 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 »


U.S. Marshal Joe Belle: Do you know who I am?
Tom Horn: No.
U.S. Marshal Joe Belle: What you were in the Southwest, I was in the Northwest.
Tom Horn: I was mostly out of work.
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Actually a better film than advertised
14 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I often wonder how pre video audiences were able to take in the full effect and minor nuances of films as we can today. Watching a film again and again allows one to really study the work and pick up the director's deep intent for character and plot.

Watching Tom Horn a few times allows one to see that it really is a good movie. And after more than 20 years in motion pictures, McQueen finally just fits into his role, and does not "act" or play Steve McQueen.

The first scenes are excellent. McQueen establishes his character as a man who knows, and has seen most of, what the west is about. He knows who he is, and what he's accomplished, so he doesn't need to brag. The way he virtually walks into a fight in the bar with the pompous British fighter and his manager is superb. "Well, if he ain't won the fight yet, then he ain't the champ yet" is delivered with believable aplomb. When he says the guy's mother would have to stand on his shoulders just to kiss Geronimo's ass it is priceless. Especially good is his question "OK, if I win this fight, then does that make ME champion of the world?" He knows he is going to get his butt kicked but does all this for principle's sake. His running out the door and yelling oh s***, then throwing the plate of food at the fighter is one of the better acting sequences done anywhere.

His work as the stock detective is classic McQueen without his earlier years of mugging and panning. Good stuff.

The open spaces of this film, and Horn's subsequent incarceration gave me a feeling of freedom and claustrophobia. It worked well

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