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The Hunted (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  14 March 2003 (USA)
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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)
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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In This Game Of Hide And Seek, If You're It... You're Dead. See more »

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)


$190,769 (Brazil) (12 September 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tommy Lee Jones had a good working relationship with William Friedkin and agreed to sign on to the film after the reading the script. Reportedly, he also received almost $20 million for the role - his biggest payday at the time. See more »


When L.T is on top of the MAX train chasing Aaron, there is the "click-clack-click-clack" sound of a train, but when the camera shows the deck of the bridge behind and in front of the "train" you can see that there are no tracks (the Hawthorne Bridge carries cars, not trains). Tracks are only shown when the "train" makes an emergency stop before Aaron climbs up the bridge. Even then, the tracks are merely shiny strips of metal unevenly laid upon the bridge's metal grating, with no grooves for the wheels at all in the surface. 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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Featured in The Sopranos: Johnny Cakes (2006) See more »


Highway 61 Revisited
by Bob Dylan
Performed by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash performs courtesy of American Recordings
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Short, Intense, Fun To Watch
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three facts about this film help to make it highly-rated in my book: it's very entertaining, moves fast and lasts only 90 minutes. So, if in the mood for a combination Fugitive/Rambo story with two very intense lead actors, this is a convenient diversion to play numerous times.

Tommy Lee Jones was the mentor who trained Benico Del Toro on the art of killing and now the ex-student has gone out of control and Jones must hunt him down, something the police can't seem to do. That's the story, simple as that. The only thing was a little implausible is that old man chasing down a kid for miles. Tommy Lee might be in shape, but he isn't young enough to do what he does here. However, both men are fun to watch and the action scenes are well done. You don't get bored watching this movie.

No, the film isn't high-grade mentality but it isn't totally stupid, either. It doesn't get carried and is pretty believable until the final chase scene. Along the way, we are treated the Portland cityscape and Northwest woods, both of which are nicely filmed.

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