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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)
Stan Rodarte ... Man at crime scene (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 J. O'Sullivan .... production manager (as William O'Sullivan)
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 .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Jeff Bushelman .... supervising sound editor
Ronald Long .... boom operator (as Ron Long)
Andy MacDonald .... re-recording mixer
Al Overton Jr. .... sound mixer
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Eric Rochin .... cable person
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Pat Somerset .... sound editor (uncredited)
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)
Peter Kuttner .... assistant camera
Bo Miller .... second grip
Edward Morey III .... camera operator (as Ed Morey)
John Murray .... key grip
Lawrence E. Peets .... best boy
James Pergola .... camera operator
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
Location Management
Paul Pav .... location manager
Music Department
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Erma E. Levin .... music editor (as Erma Levin)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... 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
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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Additional Details

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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: In the elevated train sequence, the villain "Bernardo" is shown outside the train car as "papa" is first shown on the roof of the train. In the next cut, he is still inside the train, about to exit.See more »
Ralph 'Papa' Thorson:I don't know what you've been using, Mason, but it's not good for you!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) (TV)See more »
Una voce poco fàSee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Want to be a screenwriter? See The Hunter., 12 July 2002
Author: ( from Maine USA

Christopher Keane has written one hell of a Novel and a screenplay. Want proof of this? Steve McQueen not only made the movie he demanded that he make THIS movie.

Ralph "Poppa" Thorsen is a professional bounty hunter with bad driving skills, a house full of cons, cops, and hanger-ons. He has a passion for the past, a love for his mate, and a sincerity that is classic.

There are fantastic moments of comic relief, great drama, and perfect chracter development. McQueen is totally loveable in this film.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to write a screenplay you should see this film and read Chris Keane's book "How to write a selling screenplay". You will know all you need to know after that.

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