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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Picked up for 2012 distribution in the United States by Magnolia Pictures after the film's world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. 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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Great Dafoe, magnificent Tasmania, powerful Silence
22 January 2012 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

Willem Dafoe plays a mysterious loner hired to find the Tasmanian Tiger, which is considered extinct. The film co-stars two wonderful kids and the Tasmanian back-country, extraordinarily beautiful.

What's great about this movie is that in addition to telling an excellent story, it is beautifully filmed and, as a bonus, sent my wife and me to the Internet to look up Tasmania and the Tasmanian Tiger, which indeed is considered the most recently extinct animal. So we learned something too! As for the story, sure you can carp and say it's too far-fetched, or too sentimental, or has holes in it (what story doesn't). But it hangs together quite well and is not only multi-faceted but refreshingly unpredictable.

And the wonderful Silence. Few actors can work in silence as well as Willem Dafoe. This may be his strongest-ever performance, his expressive face being his best feature. Many scenes are told in silence, or rather with only the sounds of the back-country and the excellent movie score.

Dafoe triumphs in a movie that is, after all, ultimately about his well-drawn character. After all, it is called "The Hunter."


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