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Death Hunt (1981)

R | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 1981 (Turkey)
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In 1931 Canada, Yukon trapper Johnson has a feud with a dog owner who later retaliates by publicly accusing Johnson of murder and thus triggering a police manhunt in the wilderness.

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Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Albert Johnson
Lee Marvin ... Millen
Andrew Stevens ... Alvin
Carl Weathers ... Sundog
Ed Lauter ... Hazel
Scott Hylands ... The Pilot
Angie Dickinson ... Vanessa McBride
Henry Beckman ... Bill Luce
William Sanderson ... Ned Warren
Jon Cedar ... Hawkins
James O'Connell James O'Connell ... Hurley
Len Lesser ... Lewis
Richard Davalos ... Beeler (as Dick Davalos)
Maury Chaykin ... Clarence
August Schellenberg ... Deak De Bleargue
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Storyline

Canada 1931: The unsociable trapper Johnson lives for himself in the ice-cold mountains near the Yukon river. During a visit in the town he witnesses a dog-fight. He interrupts the game and buys one of the dogs - almost dead already - for $200 against the owner's will. When the owner Hasel complains to Mountie Sergeant Millen, he refuses to take action. But then the loathing breeder and his friends accuse Johnson of murder. So Millen, although sympathetic, has to try to take him under arrest - but Johnson defends his freedom in every way possible. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The Saga Of Two Rivals Who Clash As Enemies And Triumph As Heroes. See more »


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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

1981 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Arctic Rampage See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1981
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 4th October 1979 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter' reported that German investor run Classic Films and Raymond Chow's Golden Harvest productions would be financing a number of productions of which this movie, then known as 'Arctic Rampage', was one of them. ' Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow would both be executive producers. Production on the picture was slated to start in February 1980 with actor Telly Savalas set to star opposite Charles Bronson. In the end, Savalas did not appear, being replaced by Lee Marvin. Chow and Ruddy remained as exec producers. See more »

Goofs

When Albert Johnson jumps into the pine tree he drops his rifle in the snow at the top of the cliff and it can be seen there after he jumps. When he falls to the ground the rifle is laying beside his pack. It is not the 2nd rifle that he had in his pack as that one is still visible in the pack. See more »

Quotes

W.W. Douglas: If you're headin' up to old Curly's I can save you the journey. Skeeters got him last spring. Ate through his eyelids and pumped him full of poison. Curly finally got a gun and blew his brains out.
Albert Johnson: That's one way to stop the buzzin'.
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Featured in Death Hunt with Executive Producer Albert Ruddy (2013) See more »

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Your father said the best part of you ran down your mamas leg.
9 September 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Death Hunt is directed by Peter Hunt and written by Michael Grais and Mark Victor. It stars Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Carl Weathers, Ed Lauter, Andrew Stevens, Scott Hyland, Maury Chaykin and Angie Dickinson. Music is by Jerrold Immel and cinematography by James Devis.

Film is loosely based on the real "Mad Trapper" man hunt that occurred in the Yukon Territory, Canada, 1931.

Directed by the man who helmed On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and starring two of the iconic stars of The Dirty Dozen, it's no surprise to find Death Hunt full of machismo. What transpires is a two part movie, where time is afforded the set up for the first half, and the second half features the man hunt across the Yukon landscapes.

Plot basically sees Bronson as nomadic loner Albert Johnson (The Mad Trapper of lore), who rescues a severely injured dog from a dog fight held by baying locals, much to their displeasure. Unwisely tracking Johnson down and taking him on, one of their number is shot and killed. So in come the legal guys, the RCMP, led by grizzled old pro Edgar Millen (Marvin), who desperately tries to keep things in order as the situation quickly spirals out of control. As Johnson takes to the snowy terrain, with Millen and co in pursuit, a respect begins to form between the two wise heads, with Millen very much aware that there will be only one winner in this hunt.

So it goes, framed by lovely location photography, and with Bronson and Marvin doing what they do best, film plays out as a snowy chase and survive adventure. It's very much fictionalised from the real story, but some instances are real, including the incredible journey that Johnson undertook whilst fleeing his pursuers. Violence slots in and out of proceedings, as does moments of humour, and there's a nice grey area in the narrative that questions who you should be rooting for. In fact Marvin's characterisation of Millen is very enjoyable because he is irked by the cretins he finds himself hunting with.

Some of the support players are under written, so therefore underused, while Dickinson pops in only briefly and purely as a bit of sexy relief from the machismo on show. All told it's a safe and enjoyable movie for fans of the stars and fans of outdoor action/adventure/thrillers. Kind of like First Blood meets The Fugitive who then take Seraphim Falls out for a drink. Only, remember, this was before all those and it has Bronson and Marvin in the locker! 7/10


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