MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16,312 this week

The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  9 May 1999 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 543 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 2 critic

An account of early 1970s social activist Ira Einhorn, who murdered his girlfriend and then fled the country.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDbTV Pick: Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"

The subtle trick Showtime's "Penny Dreadful is that it is far less about the blood, gore and the specter of gruesome death than the sharp pain and exhilarating pleasure of living, and the terror of feeling alone even in close company. Read our review in the May Picks section.

Related News

R.I.P. Director William A. Graham
| Deadline TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 509 titles
created 13 Mar 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1471 titles
created 07 May 2012
 
list image
a list of 4741 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 713 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (TV Movie 1999)

The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (TV Movie 1999) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

Director: Marshall Herskovitz
Stars: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt
Ellie Parker (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A hilarious comic portrait of a young woman's struggle for integrity, happiness and a Hollywood acting career.

Director: Scott Coffey
Stars: Naomi Watts, Jennifer Syme, Greg Freitas
Le divorce (2003)
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Stockard Channing
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their names for those of kids killed long ago, and then start killing ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Spence
Stars: Naomi Watts, Jamie Renée Smith, Karen Black
Sunlight Jr. (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A Florida couple deals with an unexpected pregnancy while holding minimum wage jobs.

Director: Laurie Collyer
Stars: Norman Reedus, Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Rachel Ward
Sleepwalkers (TV Series 1997)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Short-lived series about a group of dream researchers who use special sleep-beds to electronically send operatives into people's dreams, where they can witness first-hand their subjects' ... See full summary »

Stars: Naomi Watts, Bruce Greenwood, Abraham Benrubi
Bermuda Triangle (TV Movie 1996)
Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After a strange storm in the Carribean causes a boat to sink, a family finds itself stranded on an island in the "27th dimension".

Director: Ian Toynton
Stars: Sam Behrens, Susanna Thompson, Lisa Jakub
History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A poor young woman in 1930's Australia falls in love with a dashing but arrogant teacher who preaches free love and watered down socialist precepts. She follows him to England, meeting a ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Wallace
Stars: Helen Buday, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving
Ellie Parker (2001)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A comic portrait of a young woman's struggle with contemporary life in Los Angeles, as she juggles an acting career, friends and lovers.

Director: Scott Coffey
Stars: Naomi Watts, Rebecca Rigg, Scott Coffey
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A caring guy learns that dating his actress girlfriend is definitely NOT the wisest decision.

Director: David Baer
Stars: Naomi Watts, Scott Coffey, David Baer
Mulholland Dr. (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After a car wreck, an amnesiac woman sets out to learn what happened to her with the help of a wannabee actress.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ira Einhorn
...
Fred Maddux
...
...
Meg Maddux
...
Det. Newhouse (as Ruben Santiago Hudson)
...
Saul Lapidus
...
Corporate Man
William G. Schilling ...
Robert Stevens
Albert Schultz ...
Lucas Rothman
...
Barbra Bronfman
...
...
Bea Einhorn
Bill MacDonald ...
Police Lieutenant
...
Richard DiBenedetto
...
Liz Maddux
Edit

Storyline

Fact-based story about Ira Einhorn, a 70's peace-nik who is generally credited as one of the founders of Earth Day. In the late 60's and early 70's, Ira lived with Holly Maddux. But when she tries to leave him in 1977, she suddenly disappears. Later her body is discovered in a trunk in Einhorn's apartment. Let out on bail, Einhorn flees from the country and manages to elude authorities for years. Meanwhile he is convicted in absentia and sentenced to prison. Holly's father is determined to see his daughter's murderer brought to justice and has him tracked and is eventually caught in France in 1997. Martin Donovan appears as the assistant D.A. who put the case together. Today, Einhorn is now appealing his conviction. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caça ao Unicórnio  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kim Poirier played a girl who had an affair with Ira Einhorn however her scenes were deleted. See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Me
(uncredited)
Performed by Steppenwolf
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What happens when good girl falls for bad boy
23 February 2002 | by (atlanta, georgia) – See all my reviews

If you're looking to dissuade your daughters from the fella she adores but you think little of, have her sit through this. Ira Einhorn was a celebrity of the peace / earth movements of the 60s and 70s. Extremely well respected, his peacenik persona cloaked a darker side that hated women and thought very little of anything other than himself and his personal causes. When his long-time girlfriend Holly Maddux decides to leave him, she disappears and eighteen months later her decomposed body is found in a locked trunk in his apartment. Through it all, Ira maintains his innocence, doing his best to convince the world that the American Government set him up, that Holly's murder was done to 'embarrass' him. Out on bail, he flees the country and lives at large in the UK until being caught in the late 90s in France. The French, however, knowing he has been convicted in absentia of Holly's murder and faces life in prison without parole once returned to the US, refuses to extradict him. Apparently, a higher court overturned this decision and he is currently appealing a later order to be sent back. Kevin Anderson and Naomi Watts are superb as the leads; he gives you the shivers as he unveils the layers of a clearly narcissistic sociopath and she, simply, breaks your heart. How many promising young women have you known who fall victim to their own lack of identity and the whims of an abusive lover? Filmed as a tv miniseries, this is a three and a half hour vehicle for victim's rights. While the first half of this is used to set up Ira and Holly's dysfunctional relationship, the perspective of Holly's family, and the anguish they go through in trying to bring their daughter's murderer to justice, takes precedence in the second half. If the evidence weren't so damning against Ira Einhorn, this would be just another manipulative movie of the week (however well acted). As it is, it leaves the viewer haunted by the possibilities of a life brutally extinguished and infuriated by the fact that justice is continually skirted by the one person responsible for the crime.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Research Paper macy4prez
Ha ha, Ira AlabamaWorley1971
Take 'alleged' out of the description punishyourma
Discuss The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?