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

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Sheriff Strong
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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
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
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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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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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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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LeVar Burton's role was not in the original script. Steve McQueen liked his work and figured there should be more roles for him, so the role of Tommy Price was written in. See more »

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When Papa goes to pick up the Branch Brothers, he gets surprised by a tossed lit bundle of dynamite at his feet. As he runs away in slow motion the dynamite explodes behind him, throwing him into the air and his feet out in front of him as he lands on his back. A second later, grass lands in his face from the explosion behind him, but it comes clearly from the front, thrown by crew. 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 Jackie Brown (1997) See more »

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from opera "Don Giovanni"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Robin Reed
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McQueen's last

"Tom Horn," Steve McQueen's second to last feature, would have been a more appropriate swan song for the legendary star than this rather ramshackle production, but this action picture is much better than it is usually given credit for. There is an almost TV look about it (the director, Buzz Kulik, has amassed more credits for the small screen than he has in theatrical films), but McQueen, looking for all the world like the picture of health (a year after the film was shot, he'd be dead), is terrific and he makes it all worthwhile. The supporting cast isn't too shabby either, especially Kathryn Harrold as McQueen's woman, and, of course, the always welcome Eli Wallach.


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