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

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Bernardo (as Tom Rosales)
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Winston Blue (as Theodore Wilson)
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Child on Subway (as Margaret O'Hara)
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Angry Car Owner
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Poker Player
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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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The incredible true story of Ralph 'Papa' Thorson. He's a modern day bounty hunter and that's what makes him dangerous. See more »


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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

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A vadász  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Reportedly, Steve McQueen's salary for this picture was US $3 million plus a percentage of the profits. See more »

Goofs

In the elevated train sequence, the villain "Bernardo" is shown outside the train car as "papa" is first shown on the roof of the train. In the next cut, he is still inside the train, about to exit. 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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Referenced in Shameless: Strangers on a Train (2014) See more »

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Una voce poco fà
from opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini (as Rossini)
Performed by Pamela Hicks
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McQueen's Last Stand
4 July 2001 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

McQueen's last film before his tragic and untimely death from cancer was this minor but enjoyable action comedy based on the exploits of real life bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson. The small scale, episodic structure and a few plot contrivances sometimes make it feel like a glorified made-for-TV movie (TV veteran Buzz Kulik directed), but Steve is terrific in the role and he's aided by a large and colorful supporting cast. Plenty of action, along with nice touches of warmth and humor make this more than passable entertainment, especially for fans of McQueen. ** 1/2 stars


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