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The Hunted (2003)

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An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Chenoweth
Bobby Moret (as Jose Zuniga)
Harry Van Zandt
Dale Hewitt
Aaron DeCone ...
Stokes (as Aaron Brounstein)
Carrick O'Quinn ...
Lonny Chapman ...


In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After Hallam brutally slew four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T. Bonham-- the one man who may be able to stop him. At first L.T. resists the mission. Snug in retirement, he's closed off to his past, the years he spent in the Special Forces training soldiers to become skilled killers. But when he realizes that these recent slaying is the work of a man he trained, he feels obligated to stop him. Accepting the assignment under the condition that he works alone, L.T. enters the woods, unarmed--plagued by memories of his best student and riddled with guilt for not responding to Aaron's tortured letters to him as he began to slip over the edge of sanity. Furious as he is with his former mentor for ignoring his pleas for help, Aaron knows that he and L.T. share a tragic bond that is unbreakable. And, even as ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Stunde des Jägers  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,482,638 (USA) (14 March 2003)


$34,238,611 (USA) (23 May 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tommy Lee Jones' character is based on a the real life tracker/survival expert Tom Brown Jr., who was also a technical advisor on the movie. See more »


When Aaron is first standing in Irene's kitchen, she walks over to him and puts her hand on his back. In the next shot her hand is on his shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [voiceover] God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son." Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on." God say, "no"; Abe say, "what?" God say, "You can do what you want, Abe, but the next time you see me comin', you better run." Abe says, "Where do you want this killin' done?" God says, "Out on Highway 61."
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Hey, this is a good movie.
27 March 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Hey, out there. You guys who slammed this in your reviews, did you see the same film I did? Not real? Improbable? Impossible? Huh. If those of you who found this thought-provoking film about two men on the edge of the social plane, one who is over the edge and the other given the task of hunting the first one down-- both men, socially disaffected and on their own, unbelievable and impossible, give some attention to Alston Chase's article in the June, 200, pp.41-65 of the Atlantic Monthly on Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber and the effects of his experiences being part of the ill-conceived and unethical study on human subjects during his undergraduate years there. The formula is simple: Take a bright, talented person who is teetering on the edge of emotional stability, fill them with lots of head stuff about social and environmental corruption, train in the technology of killing people and then, turn them loose. While no one wanted to turn Kaczynski into the unabomber, the circumstances, however well-intended, did. The film story of Aaron Hallum played by the competent Benicio Del Toro and his counterpart, L.T. Bonham, played by Tommy Lee Jones, bring this theme into clear focus. OK, if you are a shoot'em up thriller fan (as I self-confessedly admit to being), you might have missed the car chase, the sex and all that, but gang, it is a gripping and thought-provoking story. Not real? I submit, read the data on Columbine, The Minn Indian Res and the Unabomber and guess again. It's real. Damn real.

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