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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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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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When Hallam tells Bonham the men he killed weren't hunters, "they were sweepers", he means he thinks they were sent to kill ("sweep") him. William Friedkin says on the DVD audio commentary that it's left ambiguous whether that is true. See more »


When the Department of Defense comes to take custody of Hallam, the letter used to give them jurisdiction, addressed to the FBI agent in charge, is dated "March 5th 2001." The events of the movie take place in 2003. See more »


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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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No Middle Ground
1 July 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that people will either love or hate. It has it's flaws for sure, but this movie speaks to primitive, macho mano-a-mano movie lovers.

How realistic the knife fights are in this movie remains to be seen, although kali, the martial art used as the base for the fight scenes, is a powerful fighting style. But they are exciting to watch, and both Jones and del Toro inhabit their characters with enough gusto and panache that the movie can be very enjoyable to watch.

It definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the Hunted will make lots of action movie and martial arts movie fans pleased and satisfied.

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