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The Hunter (1980)




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The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Paramount Home Video

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Steve McQueen
as Ralph "Papa" Thorson
Eli Wallach
as Ritchie Blumenthal
LeVar Burton
as Tommy Price
Ben Johnson
as Sheriff Strong
Tracey Walter
as Rocco Mason
Theodore Wilson
as Winston Blue
Ray Bickel
as Luke Branch
Bobby Bass
as Matthew Branch
Karl Schueneman
as Billie Joe
Margaret Mary O'Hara
as Child on Subway
James Spinks
as Angry Car Owner
Frank Delfino
as Poker Player
Poppy Lagos
as Mrs. Bernardo
Lillian Adams
as Blumenthal's Secretary
Michael D. Roberts
as Poker Player
Kevin Hagen
as Poker Player
Luis Avalos
as Poker Player
Wynn Irwin
as Informer
Matilda Calnan
as Hospital Volunteer
F. William Parker
as Watch Commander
Tony Burton
as Garbageman #2
Morgan Roberts
as Garbageman #1
Alex Ross Perry
as Clief McCurdy
Patti Clifton
as Sexy Woman
Jay Scorpio
as Man on Balcony
Anthony Mannino
as Policeman at School
Marilyn Jones
as Barmaid
Bill Hart
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Hunter

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)


June 11, 2008

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

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
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

It's very sad that McQueen, one of the greatest movie stars of all time, has this as his last movie before his untimely death. The action/chase scenes are your standard, boring crap where stuff gets smashed up real good. Ben Johnson and Eli Wallach are terribly underused! Some of the dialogue works because of McQueen whose charm has you smiling and you don't even know why.

Paul Pastoor
Paul Pastoor

Great chase scenes, better than seen today, this film was ruined by trying to be all things to all people. Going from bounty hunter Steve McQueen and his chases for his salary, to being an expectent father to be. Silly and horridly dated by the crowd scenes, this one is strictly reserved by McQueen fans who will ignore the period issues and skip to the chase scenes. I half heartedly recommend this for cinema fans in general as the film is so dated by cinematography that looks like a 70's tv show. Save for the spectacular chase scenes, this film disappoints generally. The corn field chase is particularly interesting but the final capture is totally unrealistic. The transam is blown up yet McQueen brings in his men, walking in hand cuffs. Right.... Suggest you put your time machine in reverse and forget all the cinematic achievements of the last 30 years to watch this one.

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

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.

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