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.


Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)





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 ... Hurley
Len Lesser ... Lewis
Richard Davalos ... Beeler (as Dick Davalos)
Maury Chaykin ... Clarence
August Schellenberg ... Deak De Bleargue


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 <>

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Savage pursuit in the wilderness! See more »


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Because the word 'Death' appeared in this movie's Death Hunt (1981) title, the film evoked Charles Bronson's controversial earlier movie, Death Wish (1974). This movie was actually Bronson's first of two consecutive pictures to feature the word 'Death' in the title. Death Wish II (1982) was his next picture. Bronson made seven movies with this word in the title, five of them being in the 'Death Wish' franchise. "Messenger of Death" (aka "Avenging Angels") was another example [See: Messenger of Death (1988)]. The final time would be in Death Wish: The Face of Death (1994), where the word "death" appeared twice. See more »


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[reporting for duty at his new post, Constable Adams is disappointed in his disheveled new commander]
Sergeant Edgar Millen: What are you starin' at?
Constable Alvin Adams: Are you Sergeant Edgar Millen?
Sergeant Edgar Millen: Unfortunately. That look on your face would turn good whiskey into sour piss.
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Entertaining for Bronson & Marvin fans
7 March 1999 | by kuato-3See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film. I thought the movie was entertaining and fun for Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson fans. Bronson does not have much dialogue, but has some good one liners mixed in with some good action scenes. Lee Marvin's character was very likeable. The movie for me served its purpose of entertaining me as is the case with most "action" flicks. It is one of my favorites. If you are a fan of Lee Marvin and have not seen this movie I recommend it.

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Release Date:

21 May 1981 (USA) See more »

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Arctic Rampage See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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