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The Hunter (1980)

The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Papa Thorson
... Ritchie Blumenthal
... Dotty
... Tommy Price
... Sheriff Strong
Richard Venture ... Spota
... Rocco Mason
... Bernardo (as Tom Rosales)
... Winston Blue (as Theodore Wilson)
Ray Bickel ... Luke Branch
... Matthew Branch
Karl Schueneman ... Billie Joe
Margaret Mary O'Hara ... Child on Subway (as Margaret O'Hara)
... Angry Car Owner
Frank Delfino ... Poker Player
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Storyline

In order to track down bail jumpers, Ralph 'Papa' Thorson goes on a series of routine and not-so-routine searches. Sometimes he takes down his quarry easily. At other times, he's forced to extreme measures which result in the injury or death of a lawbreaker. And then again, there are other moments when his own life is on the line. It's all enough to make Thorson question what he has done with his life. Written by Alfred Jingle

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The incredible true story of Ralph 'Papa' Thorson. He's a modern day bounty hunter and that's what makes him dangerous. See more »


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1 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chasseur  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,274,150, 31 December 1980
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Steve McQueen arrived at one of locations used for the film, he was checked into a really nice hotel with all the amenities available at the time. When he found out that the crew was staying in a cheaper motel nearby, he checked out of the hotel and stayed in the motel with the crew. See more »

Goofs

In the elevated train sequence, the villain "Bernardo" is shown outside the train car as "papa" is first shown on the roof of the train. In the next cut, he is still inside the train, about to exit. See more »

Quotes

Ralph 'Papa' Thorson: I don't know what you've been using, Mason, but it's not good for you!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.65 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Della sua pace
from opera "Don Giovanni"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Robin Reed
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The King Of Cool's Final Film
12 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

When i decided to watch all of Steve McQueen's films, i went the opposite direction and watched this film first, rather than starting with his early films. There seems to be a curse with great actors doing terrible films right before they pass away. Robert Shaw, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers, Henry Fonda (Fonda seemed to have appeared in just about every disaster film before his death in 1981), to name a few. I beg to differ in Steve McQueen's case. Sure this film isn't an earth shattering, Oscar winning experience. Sure this film seems like it was made for TV. Sure this film isn't McQueen's best work. But the great acting alone from McQueen, good supporting work from LeVar Burton and Eli Wallach, and the great subway chase at the end of the film, certainly raises this film above made for TV fare. So, to you Leonard Maltin, this film is NOT McQueen's worst film. It's a fine end to a great career for the King Of Cool.


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