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The Hunter (2011)

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Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

Director:

Daniel Nettheim

Writers:

Alice Addison (screenplay), Wain Fimeri (original adaptation) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Willem Dafoe ... Martin
Frances O'Connor ... Lucy
Sam Neill ... Jack
Morgana Davies ... Sass
Finn Woodlock Finn Woodlock ... Bike
Jacek Koman ... Middleman
Callan Mulvey ... Rival Hunter
John Brumpton ... Publican
Dan Wyllie ... Pool Player
Sullivan Stapleton ... Doug
Jamie Timony ... Free
Dan Spielman ... Simon
Maia Thomas ... Shakti
Marc Watson-Paul Marc Watson-Paul ... Jarrah
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Storyline

The independent and lonely hunter Martin David is hired by the powerful biotech company Red Leaf to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger. Red Leaf is interested in the DNA of the animal and Martin travels to Tasmania alone. He poses as a researcher from a university and lodges in the house of Lucy Armstrong. Martin learns that Lucy's husband has been missing for a long time and he befriends her children, Sass and Bike. When Martin goes to the village, he has a hostile reception from the locals. Along the days, Martin spends his days in the Tasmanian wilderness chasing the Tiger and becomes closer and closer to the Armstrong family. But Red Leaf wants results no matter the costs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Some Mysteries Should Never Be Solved


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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Avci See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,032, 8 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$176,432, 10 June 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Willem Dafoe had to deal with leeches during production filming in the Tasmanian wilderness in Australia. In a media interview, he joked how he didn't lose any blood, ironic because his previous Australian film Daybreakers (2009) had been a vampire movie. Both movies co-star Sam Neill. See more »

Goofs

As Martin is driving towards Jarrah's house there is a GPS located on the dashboard in front of him. When he turns on the road towards the house, the GPS is now located on the left side of the dashboard location were it was before. See more »

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[first lines]
Martin David: Who's he?
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Written by Joseph Canteloube
Performed by Yvonne Kenny and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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Beautifully filmed Eco Thriller
11 October 2011 | by lasimpSee all my reviews

I live in Tasmania and I know the country well enough. When I moved here in the 70's it was still considered possible that somehow the tiger had survived in some remote part of the island . Not So. Decades of intensive forestry and clearing and no hints of survival. Still the tantalizing reports occasionally surface. The animal has moved on to pure mythology. Into that scenario comes this beautifully filmed Eco thriller that has a great story line but is also about our beautiful island. The scenes are artfully mixed from various places in Tasmania and the original footage of the tiger is reproduced again for the big screen. How thrilling it was to see that old footage of the thirties (last definite sightings) again.This is the last surviving footage of a peak predator that was not a dog or cat relative but a marsupial and very strange. The film builds slowly and carefully, William Defoe is in a great role which he carries off so well Frances O'Connor and the kids are just entirely in the role! Go see this film if you have the chance and enjoy a beautiful movie I have avoided all discussion of the final 20 minutes go see it and be so surprised!! Its a beautiful and at times tense movie.


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