The Hunter

6.31 h 37 min1980PG
A bounty hunter who makes his living finding bail-jumpers is stalked by a fugitive vowing revenge. Based on the real life adventures of Ralph Thornson.
Buzz Kulik
Steve McQueenEli WallachKathryn Harrold
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Levar BurtonBen JohnsonRichard VentureTracey WalterTom RosalesTheodore WilsonRay BickelBobby BassKarl Schueneman
Mort Engelberg
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hollywood just couldn't stick to McQueen being a bounty hunter
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The Hunter was Steve McQueen’s last film. It’s an example of Hollywood getting a good idea and ruining it. McQueen plays a bounty hunter who travels around the United States attempting to bring in people who have jumped their bail. That’s the good part. He gets beat up by a giant. Chases after a crazy guy who likes explosives. It also leads to the action sequences like McQueen hanging off the side of a Chicago subway train. They couldn’t just stick with his adventures however. Instead they throw in a crazed Tracey Walter who is stalking him and wants to kill him. What is the point of this side story?
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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The film is taken from the book 'The Hunter' written by Christopher Keane based upon the real-life exploits of 'Bounty Hunter'
'Ralph 'Papa' Thorson'
Sadly this was to be 'Steve McQueen's' last role in which he plays 'Papa Thorson' who is a man born out of his time, as a 'Bounty
Hunter' he pursues criminals and bale dodgers for a cash reward.
Though he feels he's getting a little too old for the task he'll track them down no-matter what often putting himself in danger....
the film covers a series of such quests during which he'll be beaten, shot at, and often in a chase to get his man.
He'll return home in between to be with his partner 'Dotty' (Kathryn Harrold) who has insisted upon seeing through the pregnancy
despite 'Papa's' doubts and concerns on the subject.
Doing the job he does has is consequences as he will learn when a former captive of years ago is released from prison with revenge
in mind.
This is a fast-moving and enjoyable plot with plenty of action and a good dose of humour along the way.....'Steve McQueen' doing
what he does best.
The film also features 'Eli Wallach' and 'Ben Johnson.
If you love 'Steve McQueen movies you'll enjoy this one.
(In real-life 'Ralph Thorson' was killed by a car-bomb outside his home in 1994)

The film includes - The Theatrical Trailer
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Terry PooterReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
My Least Favorite Film of his....
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Silly. None of the character building tricks work, such as him slopily driving a delapidated old car and banging into objects while trying to drive it work at all... as if a smart man who was a real bounty hunter would ever go about his life doing stupid things like that... one unbeleivable scene after another. Devoid of any realistic strory line. I paid for this and wish I could get my money back. A bad, cheapened way to end his career. Not up to his usual standard of films. I couldn't finish watching it, it was so bad.

I'm old enough to know him from when his films were first released and remember the buzz of his stardom from the sixties and seventies. This film was not a good send off tribute to his memory and skills as an actor. The Sand Pebbles was to me, his best film. It showcases his greatest screen talents and abilities as an actor. Watch that film if you want to see McQueen at his best.
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Matt KeenReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Steve McQueen's final film
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I think the critics at the time's complaint was that it played like a made-for-TV movie, but that didn't matter to me.. It's a typical late 70s/early 80s story of a bounty hunter, with all the trappings of the detective shows of that era. Car chases, shoot outs, typical fare. The characters make it come to life though. McQueen, a young LaVar Burton, Teddy Wilson (Earl from That's My Momma), a youthful Kathryn Harrold, even Eli Wallach. A must for Steve McQueen fans, entertaining for all others.
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monneblamb1301Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I have watched this movie twice as I always do with movies as you see something every time. I touched on this movie in my review I wrote just recently. The Hunter is a true story of a modern day bounty hunter & has a funny side to it too but I hesitate to explain them as it would ruin the movie for you but it is good. I saw so much of Steve McQueen in the way he does Thorson "Pappy"they call him. He made it very clear how it was going to be because it was going to be about the man himself but again Steve is so apparent in the role. It was his last picture before the cancer started taking his life. He was in the merchant marines & exposed to so much asbestos he contacted mesothelioma which does not show for 10 to 20 years. If you buy the book I previously reviewed you will learn more of what he did to beat the cancer which they said was inoperable. Sorry I believe Pappy,s real name was Ralph Thornson & quite a character and so that was what Steve was in The Hunter.
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RonReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Anti Steve McQueen Movie
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I Grew up watching Steve McQueen movies so I am a little biases to say the least. In this movie they tried to undo the typical McQueen role by having him drive like its his first week on the road and infused some comic scenarios throughout the movie with mixed results. Thankfully they did not totally take away his tough guy presona by having him play the role of bounty hunter "Papa" Thorson in this movie. For me this role was just not great McQueen material. Its ok, but I would much rather watch him in The Great Escape, Bullitt, Tom Horn, The Getaway, Papillon and the like. The movie has its good moments and maybe with a different director and writimg this could have been better. If your like me any McQueen movie is worth the time with some better than others, but all are a must see for for this mid 50's to 1980 cool (I wanna be like him) tough guy movie actor. I liked seeing Eli Wallach (Ritchie), Ben Johnson (sheriff Strong), Kathryn Harrold (Dotty) (she is gorgeous), LeVar Burton (Tommy) and Tracy Walter and mad man (Mason) in this movie and again its good, but?
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Winston NewtonReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hunt This One Down
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This movie was even better than I hoped for. I wanted it because there was a 1979 Trans-Am featured in it. What I got was one Steve McQueens great movies and it was his last before his untimely death. Not only were all the cars great, especially the Firebird but the plot and all its characters made it well worth the purchase. I’ve watched it numerous times already. What a treat. Thanks guys.
Jack E. LevicReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Farewell, Steve McQueen
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I've become a big fan of Steve McQueen and have been viewing all of his movies. I saved his final movie for last and it was hard to watch the film knowing he was terminally ill at the time. Although McQueen complained about tiring easy and having a persistent cough, he probably did not know he was seriously ill and had a year or so to live.
With that sadness in mind, I began to watch Steve McQueen's final film THE HUNTER. McQueen is still in great physical shape but close-ups of his face show he has aged far beyond his 49 or so years. He is still cool as real-life bounty hunter Ralph "papa" Thorson. McQueen seems to have fun with this role as an aging bounty hunter. Known for his superb race car and motorcyle-riding skills, McQueen is for the first time portraying a seriously bad driver who can't safely parallel park. Was he poking fun at his image and having fun with his reputation? THE HUNTER starts slowly but then we see the charm in the film. McQueen does not take himself seriously. In one scene, he is chasing a young criminal over the rooftops. When he realizes he has to jump across to another rooftop, McQueen steps back, gives a shrug as if to say "Are you serious?" and makes the jump. No doubt stunt doubles were used more in this film but it's still Steve McQueen in spirit.
THE HUNTER is a forgotten McQueen film and it gives us an idea of what McQueen's future rolls might have been like. He could still play the serious macho cool man but with a tinge if introspection as he realize he is no longer young. McQueen died in 1980 at the age of 50 and there is no doubt he still had a lot of living and a lot of movies left to do. Farewell, Steve McQueen. Your films live on.
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