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The story of frontiersman Tom Horn, and his career as a cavalry scout, a tracker, a Pinkerton agent and a range detective, and the final events in his life that led to his tragic death.


Jack Starrett


William Goldman




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Tom Horn
Richard Widmark ... Al Sieber
Karen Black ... Ernestina Crawford
Richard Masur ... Sheriff Ed Smalley
Clay Tanner Clay Tanner ... Lt. Henry Lawton
Pat McCormick ... John Noble
Jack Starrett ... Gen. George Crook
John Durren ... Marshal Joe LeFlors
Jeremy Slate ... Capt. Emmet Crawford
Enrique Lucero ... Geronimo
Stafford Morgan ... Gen. Nelson Miles
Don Collier ... Mr. Nickell
James Oliver James Oliver ... Mickey Free
George Reynolds George Reynolds ... 1st Rustler
William Smith Jr. William Smith Jr. ... 2nd Rustler


The story of frontiersman Tom Horn, and his career as a cavalry scout, a tracker, a Pinkerton agent and a range detective, and the final events in his life that led to his tragic death.

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Release Date:

1 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister Horn See more »

Filming Locations:

Duquesne, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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William Goldman wrote a full-length feature film script, intended to be a cinema release starring Steve McQueen and directed by Don Siegel. McQueen fell out with both men and made his film with others - "Tom Horn" was finally released, after many delays and changes of personnel, in 1980. Goldman's script was converted into this two-part TV movie, with many alterations of which Goldman disapproved. See more »


Al Sieber: You like that girl? Too skinny. You listen to me now and save your grief later. The best thing a woman can be is fat. Once they're fat, they don't expect nothing. Should be sad too. Woman that ain't sad, ain't worth spit.
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Not very historical...
1 August 2001 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

Sorry, but this film is not the most historical film made concerning Tom Horn. Not one authoritative source on Geronimo--neither Davis's autobiography nor Angie Debo's definitive biography nor any other--state that Horn had anything to do with capturing Geronimo; he wasn't even on the massive U.S. campaign, let alone serve as the one to bring the Apache in (the 1993 movie GERONIMO with Jason Patric probably portrays the capture most accurately). So this movie's whole first half is all largely fiction, based probably on the lies and tall tales the real Tom Horn liked to claim for himself (on a side note to this, John Dehner plays an unsympathetic Horn-like character in the Burt Lancaster movie APACHE, with John McIntyre as Al Sieber). The second half is little better; General Crook, for instance, shows up in a time period when historically he was long already dead.

That said, I must say I enjoy this TV movie a good deal and wish that it would get released. It deserves a viewing...but don't confuse it with history.

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