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The Hunter -- Steve McQueen's last movie shows the dynamic talent of the late, great actor in one of his most memorable roles: the true story of Ralph "Papa" Thorson, a modern day bounty hunter. Thorson's exploits are detailed as he pursues a number of fugitives who have skipped bail.


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Ted Leighton (screenplay) and
Peter Hyams (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 August 1980 (USA) See more »
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 »
The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Papa Thorson

Eli Wallach ... Ritchie Blumenthal

Kathryn Harrold ... Dotty

LeVar Burton ... Tommy Price

Ben Johnson ... Sheriff Strong
Richard Venture ... Spota

Tracey Walter ... Rocco Mason

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... 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
Zora Margolis ... La Maze Leader
Poppy Lagos ... Mrs. Bernardo
Dea St. La Mount ... Woman Bartender
Lillian Adams ... Blumenthal's Secretary
Thor Nielsen ... Man in Blumenthal's Office
Stan Wojno ... Intern (as Stan Wojno Jr.)
Jodi Moon ... Billie Joe's Girlfriend
Kathy Cunningham ... Mother on Subway

Kelly K. Learman ... Student (as Kelly Learman)

Michael D. Roberts ... Poker Player

Kevin Hagen ... Poker Player

Luis Avalos ... Poker Player
Wynn Irwin ... Informer
Frank Arno ... Poker Player
Rick DiAngelo ... Poker Player
Ralph Thorson ... Bartender
Mathilda Calnan ... Hospital Volunteer (as Matilda Calnan)

F. William Parker ... Watch Commander
Nathaniel Taylor ... Trotter

Tony Burton ... Garbageman #2
Morgan Roberts ... Garbageman #1
Frederick Sistaine ... Pimp

Taurean Blacque ... Hustler
Alex Ross ... Chief McCurdy
Patti Clifton ... Sexy Woman
Jay Scorpio ... Man on Balcony
Jeff Viola ... Young Patrolman
Christopher Keane ... Mike
Dolores Robinson ... Principal
Anthony Mannino ... Policeman at School
Joella Deffenbaugh ... Cashier
Marilyn Jones ... Barmaid
William B. Snider ... Policeman

Chris Richmond ... Bystander
Willie Lee Gaffney ... Card Player on Street
Debbie Miller ... Car Rental Girl
Robert A. Janz ... Motorman
Dan Frick ... Man in Car
Ramiro Medina ... Low Rider

Bill Hart ... Security Guard
Bill Willens ... Suspect in Jail
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jophery C. Brown ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Nicolas Coster ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Corin Rogers ... Passenger on 'L' (uncredited)

Al Ruscio ... Mr. Bernardo (uncredited)

Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
Writing credits
Ted Leighton (screenplay) and
Peter Hyams (screenplay)

Christopher Keane  book (uncredited)
Ralph Thorson  book (uncredited)
John Rester Zodrow  uncredited

Produced by
Mort Engelberg .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Wolfe  (as Robert Wolfe)
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Ron Hobbs 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
Rick Simpson 
Costume Design by
Denita Del Signore (costumes: women)
Thomas Welsh (costumes: men)
Makeup Department
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (as John Elliott)
Bren Plaistowe .... hair stylist
Production Management
William O'Sullivan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Bueno .... additional second assistant director
Bob Dahlin .... second assistant director (as Robert Dahlin)
Richard Learman .... assistant director
Art Department
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator (as Cal Di Valerio)
Mike Higelmire .... lead man
Chet Laudermilk .... assistant property master
Al Legget .... property master
James E. Tocci .... set designer (as Jim Tocci)
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Jeff Bushelman .... supervising sound editor
Ronald Long .... boom operator (as Ron Long)
Andy MacDonald .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Overton Jr. .... sound mixer
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Rochin .... cable person
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Ray Bickel .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Gary Combs .... stunt coordinator
Loren Janes .... stunts
Pat E. Johnson .... stunts (as Pat Johnson)
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tommy Rosales)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Barth .... first assistant camera (as Dick Barth)
Roger Blauvelt .... best boy (as Roger E. Blauvelt)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (as David Friedman)
Frank M. Holgate .... aerial camera operator (as Frank Holgate)
Bo Miller .... second grip
Edward Morey III .... camera operator (as Ed Morey)
John Murray .... key grip
Lawrence E. Peets .... best boy
Chris Squires .... second assistant camera (as Chris Squire)
Gene Stout .... gaffer
Bill Young .... dolly grip
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
Ann Lukacs .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dean Williams .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denita Del Signore .... costumer: women
Bob E. Horn .... set costumer
Thomas Welsh .... costumer: men (as Tommy Welsh)
Editorial Department
Clayton Collins .... apprentice editor
Carol Ann Jackson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Terry Collis .... transportation captain
Ken Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Robert Wallace .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Susie Elkins .... production assistant
Doris Grau .... script supervisor
Bob Heinlein .... technical advisor: Chicago Transit Authority
Robert A. Janz .... technical advisor: Chicago Transit Authority (as Bob Janz)
Art 'Klondike' Jones .... craft service
Janice Lisalda .... production secretary
Patt McCurdy .... assistant: Mr. Kulik
Chad McQueen .... production assistant
Forrest Painter .... first aid
Paul Pav .... location manager
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Matt Robinson .... production assistant
Eric Rochin .... technician
Art Sarno .... unit publicist
Stewart Satterfield .... car carrier
Jette Sorensen .... auditor
Lolly Stevenson .... assistant: Mr. Engelberg
Ralph Thorson .... technical advisor
Forrest Painter .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Margaret Booth .... thanks
Jane Byrne .... thanks: City of Chicago (as Mayor Jane Byrne)
Dominick Frigo .... thanks (as Lt. Dominick Frigo)
Maury Lazarus .... thanks (as Dr. Maury Lazarus)
Marvin Mandel .... thanks (as Officer Marvin Mandel)
Bill Marks .... thanks (as Sgt. Bill Marks)
Lucy Salenger .... thanks
James R. Thompson .... thanks (as Governor James R. Thompson)
Crew verified as complete

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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [Ralph Thorson]The Real "Papa" Thorson plays the bartender at the bar where Steve McQueen drinks after a character commits suicide.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Ralph 'Papa' Thorson:I don't know what you've been using, Mason, but it's not good for you!See more »
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
McQueen's Last Stand, 4 July 2001
Author: G-Man-25 from Iowa City, IA

McQueen's last film before his tragic and untimely death from cancer was this minor but enjoyable action comedy based on the exploits of real life bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson. The small scale, episodic structure and a few plot contrivances sometimes make it feel like a glorified made-for-TV movie (TV veteran Buzz Kulik directed), but Steve is terrific in the role and he's aided by a large and colorful supporting cast. Plenty of action, along with nice touches of warmth and humor make this more than passable entertainment, especially for fans of McQueen. ** 1/2 stars

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