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The Hunter (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Biography, Comedy  |  1 August 1980 (USA)
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The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.



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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

A vadász  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Allmovie' notes that this film "features stunt work that anticipates the 'Lethal Weapon' series". See more »


(at around 11 mins) The rear log on Thorson's car (Chevrolet Styleline De Luxe 1951) disappears and reappears between scenes. See more »


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 La balance (1982) See more »


Una voce poco fà
from opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini (as Rossini)
Performed by Pamela Hicks
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Simple but good.
18 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This, of course, was McQueen's last role. It is nothing grand, and for the most part there really is no plot, but it is still a rather good movie. This movie revolves around McQueen's character who is a bounty hunter. This movie shows him go after various people and also shows his home life...which is a bit unique too. He goes after super big rednecks, small time crooks, crazy guys who blow things up, and one rather dangerous individual. Someone who he captured in the past also stalks him. All in all it isn't the greatest movie, but it mixes action and humor well. Even though McQueen was feeling the effects of his illness during the shooting of this one, he still does a great job.

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