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The Hunter (1980)


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Steve McQueen's last film concerns a modern day bounty hunter who searches for bail jumpers. Based on real life bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson, the film details his exciting life, traveling from one city to another, trying to track down fugitives and continually risking his life in the process. Buzz Kulik directed the confusing mish-mash that, nevertheless, features stunt work that anticipates the Lethal Weapon series. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Aug 14, 2001

Paramount Home Video

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June 11, 2008

For some reason, director Buzz Kulik attempts to slow the pace of the film down to match McQueen's dazed shuffling.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Some great stuntwork highlights Steve McQueen's final film.

October 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Sloppy, silly vehicle unworthy of McQueen.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for The Hunter

There are only three reasons I gave the Hunter two stars. First, it was Steve McQueen's last film and he is very good in it. Second, Eli Wallach is in it and Eli makes any movie better (except The Holiday). Lastly, Steve McQueen drives a Trans-Am.

Other than those three things this film is horrible. Directing, writing, acting. It all sucks except those three things. McQueen is a bounty hunter that can apparently go around driving into things, blowing stuff up, and causing mayhem. And he's not even a cop. Where the hell do I sign up? I want to blow up a chemistry classroom, too. Levar Burton shows up- he's wanted for selling old books without covers as a side line to Reading Rainbow.

Enough of that crap, let's talk about McQueen and the T/A. Sadly, a plot to the story is that his character is a bad driver, but the sad part is that McQueen drives a Trans-Am badly better than most people drive normally. Of course it gets blown to hell, but it's a good ten minutes.

Seriously, I can only recommend this for McQueen. It's sad that the guy in the movie that's actually dying is the only actor in the movie that isn't dying on screen. McQueen, Wallach, and Trans-Am are awesome. The rest of this is shit.
December 7, 2009

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An uneven action film that focuses on a modern-day bounty hunter. Steve McQueen made a good final performance as a real-life troubleshooter Ralph "Papa" Thorson. Though old and a bit awkward, Thorson leads - at least on screen - a dangerous, action-filled life.
August 18, 2008
Dean McKenna

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