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Tom Horn (1980)

An ex-army scout is hired by ranchers to kill cattle rustlers but he gets into trouble with the corrupt local officials when he kills a boy.

Director:

William Wiard

Writers:

Thomas McGuane (screenplay), Bud Shrake (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Tom Horn
Linda Evans ... Glendolene Kimmel
Richard Farnsworth ... John C. Coble
Billy Green Bush ... U.S. Marshal Joe Belle
Slim Pickens ... Sheriff Sam Creedmore
Peter Canon Peter Canon ... Assistant Prosecutor
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Stablehand (as Elisha Cook)
Roy Jenson ... Lee Mendenhour
James Kline James Kline ... Arlo Chance
Geoffrey Lewis ... Walter Stoll
Harry Northup ... Thomas Burke
Steve Oliver ... 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett
Bill Thurman ... Ora Haley
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... Judge
Bobby Bass ... Corbett's Bodyguard
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Storyline

A renowned former army scout is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn finds that the simple skills he knows are of no help in dealing with the ambitions of ranchers and corrupt officials as progress marches over him and the old west. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The day they came to get Tom Horn, they couldn't bring enough men See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I, Tom Horn See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

United Artists were planning a film about Tom Horn at the same time, to star Robert Redford. The project was canceled due to this film, but then revived for television as Mr. Horn (1979). See more »

Goofs

The rifle Steve McQueen uses in the film is a Winchester Model 1876, stated to be chambered in .45-60 Winchester, however, the rifle was actually chambered in .45-75 Winchester. The real life Tom Horn carried a Winchester Model 1894 chambered in .30-30 Winchester. See more »

Quotes

Tom Horn: Listen, why are you hangin' around with me?
Glendolene Kimmel: Because you are a link to the Old West.
Tom Horn: If you really knew how dirty and raggedy-assed the Old West was, you wouldn't want any part of it.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 39 secs by the BBFC to remove a horse-fall and to edit a scene of a man's head being blasted during a gunfight. The 2006 DVD release restores some cuts and is only missing 6 secs of the horse-fall. See more »

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Featured in Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) See more »

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Give Credit Where It's Due!
26 January 2005 | by norm1972_8See all my reviews

As a McQueen fan I was somewhat disappointed in the film, but at the same time McQueen was ill, but proved that he could stick with a project to the finish. At least this version was more realistic than the David Carradine version "Mr. Horn", which was released in 1979. McQueen's version had a little more historical integrity than the latter version, and was more committed to telling the truth.

McQueen was always a physical actor, and especially in private as one of Bruce Lee's favorite Jeet Kune Do students, the others being James Coburn and Kareem Abdul Jabar. During the scene when Tom Horn escapes and is running from the deputies, I felt that McQueen was giving it his all, and that he knew his time was short, "so why not show the fans I've still got it?" The way he was gasping for air, and just gave up running made me think he wasn't acting, and however he felt after that take hurt me just the same watching it.

So let's not totally ignore what McQueen was trying to do. Even in "The Hunter", which was to go out in a blaze of glory. At that time in 1980, and his condition maybe that was the best he could give us. Still he gave of himself as an actor, an artist, and a professional right when the average guy couldn't, but we all know he wasn't the average guy. So let's give credit to "Tom Horn" where it's due, to it's star, who didn't want to let us down; by simply showing us he could still get in front of the camera and grace us simply with his presence.


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