The Hunter (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hunter (1980)




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The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.

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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
Teddy 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
Patti Clifton
as Sexy Woman
Jay Scorpio
as Man on Balcony
Anthony Mannino
as Policeman at School
Bill Hart
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Hunter

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

The Hunter bears all the marks of a tailor-made "star vehicle," one of those awful movies catering to a star's ego and image.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There's a messy accumulation of scenes, effects, and resources that seem like an overview of Steve McQueen's previous films. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 16, 2019 | Full Review…


June 11, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

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…

Some great stuntwork highlights Steve McQueen's final film.

October 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Sloppy, silly vehicle unworthy of McQueen.

March 26, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

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.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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