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The Hunter (1980)

The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "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)
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Winston Blue (as Theodore Wilson)
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Le chasseur  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even though he was in poor health, Steve McQueen did most of his own stunts. See more »

Goofs

The train chase was filmed using "6000" series CTA train cars (now out of commission). The train is labeled "Ravenswood B" - but Ravenswood trains would NOT have gone into a subway. They run only on ground level or on elevated tracks. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.65 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Una voce poco fà
from opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Pamela Hicks
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11 March 2004 | by (Reno, Nevada) – See all my reviews

Let me start out by saying I loved this movie! At first I was biased towards this movie, but that quickly changed. I think the director's intention was to make this movie for everbody. For those of you who like action movies it has a grueling scene involving a subway, a parking garage and a child being held at gun point. For those of you who like romance it has a sub-plot involving a woman who is facing pregnancy issues with her husband. For those who like horror movies there is a wonderful end scene that scares the daylights out of anybody breathing! For those who likes comedy there are a few punchlines mixed in plus a scene involving a cornfield a car and a tractor.

Steve McQueen gives off a great performance as a "Dirty Harry" type Bounty Hunter. I have never in fact seen a S. McQueen movie however, upon seeing it, I thought this guy was great. I was a little disappointed to find out that was Steve McQueen's final movie, he could have done a lot more.

The rest of the cast gave out great performances as well, The actress playing Dotty was very beautiful and had so much presense, she did wonderful.

10/10 (And I am not always this nice)


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