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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?


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 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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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Highway 61 Revisited
by Bob Dylan
Performed by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash performs courtesy of American Recordings
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Not bad, but not great
9 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Some movies are made just for action, some just for story.

Unfortunately, the Hunted doesn't seem to fit either category.

There is not much depth to the story here, although they try hard to make it seem that way.

Simply: A killing machine is on the loose, so they send the guy who trained him to get him. No side story needed to forward the plot.

Tommy Lee Jones gives a decent performance as L.T. Bonham, the "hunter". Nothing spectacular, but not bad either.

Benicio del Toro gives a good performance as Aarom Hallam, the killing machine who does not give much purpose as to why he IS a killing machine.

Connie Nielsen and Jose Zuniga are OK as FBI agents Durrell and Moret.

There were some great action scenes, and a few interesting moments. I wouldn't call them extraordinary though.

Over all: OK movie. Watch if you have nothing better to do.


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