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Tom Horn (1980)

An ex-army scout is hired by ranchers to kill cattle rustlers but he gets into trouble with the corrupt local officials when he kills a boy.

Director:

William Wiard

Writers:

Thomas McGuane (screenplay), Bud Shrake (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Tom Horn
Linda Evans ... Glendolene Kimmel
Richard Farnsworth ... John C. Coble
Billy Green Bush ... U.S. Marshal Joe Belle
Slim Pickens ... Sheriff Sam Creedmore
Peter Canon Peter Canon ... Assistant Prosecutor
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Stablehand (as Elisha Cook)
Roy Jenson ... Lee Mendenhour
James Kline James Kline ... Arlo Chance
Geoffrey Lewis ... Walter Stoll
Harry Northup ... Thomas Burke
Steve Oliver ... 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett
Bill Thurman ... Ora Haley
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... Judge
Bobby Bass ... Corbett's Bodyguard
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Storyline

A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the simple skills he knows are of no help in dealing with the ambitions of ranchers and corrupt officials as progress marches over him and the old west. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The day they came to get Tom Horn, they couldn't bring enough men See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I, Tom Horn See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Gary Combs tested the replica gallows trapdoor system, the "Peter Pan" safety cable broke, causing him to suffer a rope burn on his neck when the breakaway knot released, saving his life. See more »

Goofs

At he beginning of the horse-breaking scene the horse's hair is a mess and covered in mud. Once the horse is lassoed, the horse is suddenly clean and brushed. At the conclusion of the scene, as it runs away, the horse is muddy again. See more »

Quotes

Tom Horn: Keep your nerve Sam, 'cause I'm gonna keep mine.
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Connections

Version of Mr. Horn (1979) See more »

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Actually a better film than advertised
14 January 2004 | by Virgil_Hilts_1964See all my reviews

I often wonder how pre video audiences were able to take in the full effect and minor nuances of films as we can today. Watching a film again and again allows one to really study the work and pick up the director's deep intent for character and plot.

Watching Tom Horn a few times allows one to see that it really is a good movie. And after more than 20 years in motion pictures, McQueen finally just fits into his role, and does not "act" or play Steve McQueen.

The first scenes are excellent. McQueen establishes his character as a man who knows, and has seen most of, what the west is about. He knows who he is, and what he's accomplished, so he doesn't need to brag. The way he virtually walks into a fight in the bar with the pompous British fighter and his manager is superb. "Well, if he ain't won the fight yet, then he ain't the champ yet" is delivered with believable aplomb. When he says the guy's mother would have to stand on his shoulders just to kiss Geronimo's ass it is priceless. Especially good is his question "OK, if I win this fight, then does that make ME champion of the world?" He knows he is going to get his butt kicked but does all this for principle's sake. His running out the door and yelling oh s***, then throwing the plate of food at the fighter is one of the better acting sequences done anywhere.

His work as the stock detective is classic McQueen without his earlier years of mugging and panning. Good stuff.

The open spaces of this film, and Horn's subsequent incarceration gave me a feeling of freedom and claustrophobia. It worked well


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