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Director:
Writers:
Thomas McGuane (screenplay) and
Bud Shrake (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 March 1980 (USA) See more »
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See him before he sees you See more »
Plot:
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Cast

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Steve McQueen ... Tom Horn

Linda Evans ... Glendolene Kimmel

Richard Farnsworth ... John C. Coble

Billy Green Bush ... U.S. Marshal Joe Belle

Slim Pickens ... Sheriff Sam Creedmore
Peter Canon ... Assistant Prosecutor

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Stablehand (as Elisha Cook)

Roy Jenson ... Lee Mendenhour
James Kline ... Arlo Chance

Geoffrey Lewis ... Walter Stoll

Harry Northup ... Thomas Burke
Steve Oliver ... 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett
Bill Thurman ... Ora Haley
Bert Williams ... Judge
Bobby Bass ... Corbett's Bodyguard

Mickey Jones ... Brown's Hole Rustler
B.J. Ward ... Cattle Baron
Richard Brewer ... Corbett's Bodyguard

Mel Novak ... Corbett's Bodyguard
Tom Tarpey ... Corbett's Bodyguard
Bob West ... Corbett's Bodyguard
Richard Kennedy ... John Cleveland
Larry Strawbridge ... Ian MacGregor
Pat E. Johnson ... Ora Haley's Bodyguard (as Pat Johnson)
Jim 'Two Dogs' Burgdorf ... Dart
Jerry Wills ... Rash
Walter Wyatt ... Isam
Bob Orrison ... Matt
Fargo Graham ... Auctioneer
Leo Hohler ... Auction Deputy
Erik Owens ... Boy at Auction
Tom Ferguson ... Brown's Hole Rustler
Jos Massangale ... Brown's Hole Rustler
Dave Moordigian ... Brown's Hole Rustler
Michael E. Perry ... Brown's Hole Rustler
Jim Burk ... Slaughter House Man (as Jimmy H. Burk)

Bill Hart ... Slaughter House Man
Dan Corry ... Windmill Man
Jeffrey Meyer ... Gunfighter (as Jeffrey M. Meyer)

Clarke Coleman ... Jimmy Nolt (as Clark Coleman)
Mike Chambers ... Man in Feed Store
Bob Kern ... Man in Feed Store
W.H. Manooch ... Man in Feed Store
Fred O'Dell ... Man in Feed Store
Drummond Barclay ... Charlie Ohnhouse
Chuck Hayward ... Deputy Earl Proctor
Tom Runyon ... Bartender
John L. Hallett ... Reporter
Jerry Jackson ... Reporter
Larry Hollister ... Bailiff
Victor Spelta ... Man in Bar
Jack Wester ... Kid Deputy
Alan L. Brown ... Guard
Robert Elliot ... Guard

Gilbert B. Combs ... Horn's Capturer (as Gilbert Combs)
Mike H. McGaughy ... Horn's Capturer (as Mike McGaughy)

Walter Scott ... Horn's Capturer
Rock A. Walker ... Horn's Capturer
J.P.S. Brown ... Father J.P. Rank
Guido Lollobrigida ... Cowboy (as Lee Barton)
Roe Henson ... Cowboy
Paul Pinnt ... Cowboy
Jimmy Medearis ... Trick Rider (as Jim Medearis)
Chuck Henson ... Steer Roping Sequence
Claude Henson ... Steer Roping Sequence
H.P. Evetts ... Horse Breaking Sequence

Jeff Ramsey ... Horse Breaking Sequence
Bud Stout ... Horse Breaking Sequence
Gary Combs ... Horse Breaking Sequence
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sonny Skyhawk ... (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wiard 
 
Writing credits
Thomas McGuane (screenplay) and
Bud Shrake (screenplay)

Produced by
Steve McQueen .... executive producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... associate producer (as Michael Rachmil)
Fred Weintraub .... producer
Sandra Weintraub .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography) (as John Alonzo)
 
Film Editing by
George Grenville 
 
Casting by
Sally Dennison 
 
Art Direction by
Ron Hobbs 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
 
Costume Design by
Luster Bayless 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Lon Bentley .... assistant makeup artist
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Michael I. Rachmil .... unit production manager (as Michael Rachmil)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clifford C. Coleman .... assistant director (as Cliff Coleman)
Ed Milkovich .... second assistant director
Robert Rooy .... dga trainee (as Bob Rooy)
 
Art Department
Marty Wunderlich .... property master
 
Sound Department
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert J. Glass)
Jerry Jost .... sound
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... sound editor (as William Manger)
Richard Oswald .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects (as Phil Corey)
 
Stunts
Gary Combs .... stunt coordinator
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael A. Chavez .... second assistant camera (as Michael Chavez)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Bud Heller .... key grip
Horace Jordan .... first assistant camera
James Plannette .... gaffer (as Jim Plannette)
John Toll .... camera operator
R. Michael De Chellis .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Castellano .... wardrobe assistant (as Mike Castellano)
Betsy Heimann .... costumer: women
Charles E. James .... costumer: men
 
Editorial Department
Larry Grenville .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Mick .... music editor
Aaron Rochin .... score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Ed Arter .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Dixie J. Capp .... production coordinator (as Dixie Capp)
Susan Elkins .... assistant to producer (as Susie Ekins)
Trixie Flynn .... secretary to producer (as Trixie Flynn Calfa)
Gordon K. Kee .... production auditor (as Gordon Kee)
Chad McQueen .... assistant to producer
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Rudy Ugland .... head wrangler
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Jim McCarthy .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | UK:AA (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Average Shot Length = ~6.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.4 seconds.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The rifle Steve McQueen uses in the film is a Winchester Model 1876, stated to be chambered in .45-60 Winchester, however, the rifle was actually chambered in .45-75 Winchester. The real life Tom Horn carried a Winchester Model 1894 chambered in .30-30 Winchester.See more »
Quotes:
Glendolene Kimmel:Someday, you're going to have to pay for your way of life, Tom. You're a bad man and I know it. And if I let you talk me out of it, I'll be lost forever. So my adventures in this life won't mean anything because you will have seduced my soul...and drawn me into your world. Goodbye, Tom.See more »
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Featured in I Am Steve McQueen (2014)See more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A fitting epitaph to McQueen's career, 18 January 2009
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Soldier, Indian tracker, lawman, outlaw, hired killer - there are about a half dozen movies that could be made about Tom Horn, so it's surprising that it wasn't until the Western was on its last legs that, aside from the odd fleeting appearance in B-movies, he finally made it to the big screen. In some ways it's amazing he made it at all. 1980's Tom Horn was a troubled picture, and that's putting it mildly. Sam Peckinpah was at one time tapped to direct, but he fell out with star and producer Steve McQueen before shooting started – possibly literally, since McQueen's alleged response to a furious argument they had in the car one evening led to McQueen insisting he get out without bothering to stop first. Neither Don Siegel nor Elliot Silverstein made it past pre-production. Electra Glide in Blue director James Guercio only lasted for the first three days of the shoot, and cinematographer John Alonzo and McQueen himself also had a hand in the finished film at one point or another, with credited director William Wiard apparently hired only to placate the Directors Guild when they wouldn't allow the star to direct himself. The screenplay went through many changes along the route as well, with Thomas McGuane's 450-page epic being constantly chipped away, Abraham Polonsky's rewrite being rejected and Bud Shrake's final script eventually alternating with McGuane's depending on which version the star felt like filming that day. And just to add to the good news, the picture suffered from major budget cuts due to studio politics and the threat of a William Goldman-scripted Robert Redford rival project (eventually made for TV with David Carradine as Mr Horn), shrinking from a three-hour $10m epic about the Indian tracker and interpreter's life to a $3m small-scale Western about its ignominious end.

Under such circumstances it would be wildly optimistic to expect the film to be even watchable, let alone great, but somehow it bucked the odds to come out as a bona fide forgotten classic. While there's no shortage of action in the first half of the movie – certainly enough for the studio to somewhat misleadingly sell it as an action movie – this is really a much more elegiac Western about the end of an era seen through the fate of a man out of his time and trapped by a reputation he cannot really live up to anymore. "If you really knew how dirty and raggedy-assed the Old West was, you wouldn't want any part of it," he tells Linda Evans schoolteacher, and the ailing McQueen makes no attempt to disguise just how raggedy he looks himself. When we first meet Horn it's not long before he's on the losing end of a fight with champion boxer" Gentleman Jim" Corbett, and after a brief and all-too successful career disposing of rustlers for the local Cattlemen's Association, soon finds himself set up for an even bigger fall when his ruthless efficiency becomes something of a public relations disaster for them.

Taking its lead from Horn's own autobiography, dictated while on trial for murder, there is an element of print the legend to it: whereas the real Horn was undone by his own egotism (his claim to have captured Geronimo seems largely fantasy, though he was one of the trackers involved in the campaign), McQueen's Horn is a simple man, modest, inarticulate, awkward in social situations and only really good at killing, which he regards simply as his job. But there's a striking lack of vanity to the performance, with McQueen not afraid to look a shrunken figure long past his prime - even his futile escape attempt feels almost half-hearted, something he feels he's expected to do, and there's a sense of acceptance of his impending death as he makes his inevitable way to the water-triggered gallows that he springs himself because nobody else wants to pull the lever on him.

(Curiously lawman Joe LeFors, whose dubious testimony sealed Horn's fate, is renamed LaSalle in the film, possibly because McQueen didn't want the audience to make any connections with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which was a one-time McQueen project that helped his rival Robert Redford become a superstar: McQueen certainly knew how to hold a grudge.) The scars of the troubled production do sometimes show, not least in a flashback so abrupt everyone in the theatres thought they'd got the reels in the wrong order, but the strengths more than compensate, not least among them an effortlessly superb supporting performance from Richard Farnsworth, who manages to create a convincing on screen bond with McQueen despite their off screen history (the young McQueen had got Farnsworth fired from Wanted: Dead or Alive when the veteran was still a stuntman). The cold, stark look of the film, it's town either muddy or snowbound, its ranges barren and desolate, and Ernest Gold's brooding score also catch the mood of impending death all too well. The Hunter may have been McQueen's last film, but in many ways this is the more fitting epitaph.

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