An FBI deep-woods tracker attempts to capture a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.

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William Friedkin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... L.T. Bonham
Benicio Del Toro ... Aaron Hallam
Connie Nielsen ... Abby Durrell
Leslie Stefanson ... Irene Kravitz
John Finn ... Ted Chenoweth
José Zúñiga ... Bobby Moret (as Jose Zuniga)
Ron Canada ... Harry Van Zandt
Mark Pellegrino ... Dale Hewitt
Jenna Boyd ... Loretta Kravitz
Aaron DeCone Aaron DeCone ... Stokes (as Aaron Brounstein)
Carrick O'Quinn Carrick O'Quinn ... Kohler
Lonny Chapman ... Zander
Rex Linn ... Powell
Eddie Velez ... Richards
Alexander MacKenzie Alexander MacKenzie ... Sheriff
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Storyline

After a spate of grisly murders performed in an almost ritualistic way, the experienced survival expert and former military instructor, L.T. Bonham, is summoned to track down the elusive and shockingly familiar killer: one of his best pupils, Aaron Hallam. Holed up in the wet and tangled wilderness of Oregon's Silver Falls State Park, Aaron--now a tormented and delusional killing machine--will soon come face-to-face with his grizzled mentor, in a no-holds-barred hand-to-hand combat. Suddenly, age; experience; strength, and the feral will to survive, blur the line between a hunter and his prey. Now, who is the hunted? Written by Nick Riganas

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What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? See more »


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Rated R for strong bloody violence and some language | See all certifications »

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This story is told in Tom Brown's book, Case Files Of The Tracker. Chapter 2 "Frankenstein." See more »

Goofs

When the Department of Defense comes to take custody of Hallam, the letter used to give them jurisdiction, addressed to the FBI agent in charge, is dated "March 5th 2001." The events of the movie take place in 2003. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voiceover] God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son." Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on." God say, "no"; Abe say, "what?" God say, "You can do what you want, Abe, but the next time you see me comin', you better run." Abe says, "Where do you want this killin' done?" God says, "Out on Highway 61."
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Alternate Versions

In Germany the film was released on DVD in its uncut form (rated "Not under 18") and in an edited version which has a "Not under 16" rating and misses ca. 5 minutes. See more »


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The Man Comes Around
Written & Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of American Recordings LLC, and The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Watchable, but evaporates completely after viewing
20 September 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The movie is pretty well-produced overall, though there are a couple of glaring editing goof-ups (the knife being dunked into water, for example.) And the fact that it's clear Jones and Del Toro are doing much of their own stuntwork in the fighting sequences (and other places) is pretty impressive.

However, there is really nothing of substance here that will make you remember the movie long after you've seen it. While the action gets bloody at times, the actual struggling around is only okay at best. The Jones and Del Toro characters are thin, with little background revealed about them, and they don't have that much dialogue. There are some interesting themes that start to peek out, but they are simply not expanded on. (Like: Why didn't Jones' character answer those letters he got? You have to hear the explanation from director Friedkin on one of the DVD documentaries!) Ultimately, the movie becomes a simple-minded action movie, of the mentality of many direct-to-video movies.

A P.S. to Hollywood filmmakers: If it is heavily snowing in British Columbia, it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that at the same time it would be sunny and warm in Oregon! The weather patterns in both places are more or less the same!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

14 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hunted See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,482,638, 16 March 2003

Gross USA:

$34,244,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,061,847
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Color (CFI)

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1.85 : 1
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