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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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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

Publicity for this picture stated that it took some dramatic license with Ralph Thorson's life but the major events depicted in the movie actually occurred in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Papa goes to pick up the Branch Brothers, he gets surprised by a tossed lit bundle of dynamite at his feet. As he runs away in slow motion the dynamite explodes behind him, throwing him into the air and his feet out in front of him as he lands on his back. A second later, grass lands in his face from the explosion behind him, but it comes clearly from the front, thrown by crew. 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

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) 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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Steve McQueen
18 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

No nasty words about this film, i was in the cinema on it's release and at the end of the film the manager came out to inform everyone {it was a packed house} that Steve McQueen sadly passed away, i still remember that moment 24 years on....the film my not be his greatest but i loved it......... I have since seen it a number of times and will continue to sit through whenever it's shown on TV. Steve McQueen, it's good to be in the same room as him, even if it is via the wonders of science. So enjoy the moment when you do see this film, or enjoy them again, if you have seen it, i would loved to have been on set with the great guy himself.


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