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The Hunter (1980)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Papa Thorson
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Dotty
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Sheriff Strong
Richard Venture ...
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Rocco Mason
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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
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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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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

The real Ralph Thorson, portrayed by Steve McQueen in this movie, was killed by a car bomb in 1994. See more »

Goofs

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'm getting too old for this shit.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) 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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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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