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The Hunted (2003)

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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

In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After Hallam brutally slew four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T. Bonham-- the one man who may be able to stop him. At first L.T. resists the mission. Snug in retirement, he's closed off to his past, the years he spent in the Special Forces training soldiers to become skilled killers. But when he realizes that these recent slaying is the work of a man he trained, he feels obligated to stop him. Accepting the assignment under the condition that he works alone, L.T. enters the woods, unarmed--plagued by memories of his best student and riddled with guilt for not responding to Aaron's tortured letters to him as he began to slip over the edge of sanity. Furious as he is with his former mentor for ignoring his pleas for help, Aaron knows that he and L.T. share a tragic bond that is unbreakable. And, even as ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Filmax [Spain] | Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

14 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Stunde des Jägers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,482,638, 16 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,238,611, 26 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,782,486, 7 November 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Benicio Del Toro and Eddie Velez have also performed together on the following feature films: "Drug Wars: The Caramino Story"(1990) and "Traffic"(2000). 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 »

Connections

References JFK (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Underrated, Straight Forward yet Emotionally Complex
19 April 2005 | by supercygnusSee all my reviews

Although it would be easy to write The Hunted off as a simple chase film (I can see the pitch now: "It's First Blood married to Predator with a dose of The Fugitive", and in reality that is a pretty fair description) but it's straight forward manner lends a constant sense of urgency. Throughout this gory (yeah it's pretty graphic) cat and mouse thriller we are also given some real insight into Del Toro's character. Unwilling to make sweeping judgments about nearly any of the characters (Connie Nielsen's FBI agent is a bit stubborn and single minded and occasionally very careless in discharging her firearm in public, Tommy Lee Jones'survivalist trainer has a guilty conscious of his own and even Del Toro's transformation is understandable), the finale is exciting but emotionally complicated, even tragic. The camera work and editing are very effective and affective while not overwhelming the finished product with the typical Hollywood style over substance dilemma. Combined with some very strong performances by the leads THE HUNTED makes for a very intense and satisfying thriller experience.


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