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
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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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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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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ralph 'Papa' Thorson: I'm getting too old for this shit.
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Connections

References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Della sua pace
from opera "Don Giovanni"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Robin Reed
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Weak and unconvincing finale.
25 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I did not see The Hunter until after McQueen died in November of 1980. It seemed weak - with sluggish pacing. Then it became known that he was ill during the filming and the lack of energy was understandable. Only some of the scenes where he wrecks the rental car in Nebraska even remotely rise to the excitement of some of his other action roles, and the feigned confusion with modern technology really falls flat. His constant appearance in the green Air Force jacket is overdone - or was it used to hide something?

Given all the great performances in the 60's and 70's - I often thought what kind of roles he might have had in the 80's and 90's. Were he alive today - he would be 72 and probably defining intelligent, cool action for older actors.


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