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The Hunter (1980)

The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ritchie Blumenthal
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Dotty
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Sheriff Strong
Richard Venture ...
Spota
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Rocco Mason
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Bernardo (as Tom Rosales)
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Winston Blue (as Theodore Wilson)
Ray Bickel ...
Luke Branch
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Karl Schueneman ...
Billie Joe
Margaret Mary O'Hara ...
Child on Subway (as Margaret O'Hara)
James Spinks ...
Angry Car Owner
Frank Delfino ...
Poker Player
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Storyline

In order to track down bail jumpers, Ralph 'Papa' Thorson goes on a series of routine and not-so-routine searches. Sometimes he takes down his quarry easily. At other times, he's forced to extreme measures which result in the injury or death of a lawbreaker. And then again, there are other moments when his own life is on the line. It's all enough to make Thorson question what he has done with his life. Written by Alfred Jingle

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He's not as fast as he used to be... That's what makes him human. He's a bounty hunter... And that's what makes him dangerous. See more »


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Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chasseur  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,274,150, 31 December 1980
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is based on the life of real bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson aka Ralph Thorson. Thorson performed three roles on this movie. He acted as a technical consultant, had written the novel on which it was based, and played a small cameo. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Thorson goes to pick up Bernardo, he fires 9 rounds from a Colt M1911 pistol, a pistol which can hold at most 8 rounds. Since he flipped the slide on the pistol, any round in the chamber would have been ejected, so he should have been able to fire but 7 rounds. See more »

Quotes

Ralph 'Papa' Thorson: I don't know what you've been using, Mason, but it's not good for you!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.65 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Una voce poco fà
from opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Pamela Hicks
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User Reviews

 
Want to be a screenwriter? See The Hunter.

Christopher Keane has written one hell of a Novel and a screenplay. Want proof of this? Steve McQueen not only made the movie he demanded that he make THIS movie.

Ralph "Poppa" Thorsen is a professional bounty hunter with bad driving skills, a house full of cons, cops, and hanger-ons. He has a passion for the past, a love for his mate, and a sincerity that is classic.

There are fantastic moments of comic relief, great drama, and perfect chracter development. McQueen is totally loveable in this film.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to write a screenplay you should see this film and read Chris Keane's book "How to write a selling screenplay". You will know all you need to know after that.


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