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Death Hunt (1981)

Charles Bronson , Lee Marvin , Peter R. Hunt  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Andrew Stevens, Carl Weathers, Ed Lauter
  • Directors: Peter R. Hunt
  • Writers: Mark Victor, Michael Grais
  • Producers: Albert S. Ruddy, Andre Morgan, Murray Shostak, Raymond Chow, Robert Baylis
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GQMC8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Hunt" on IMDb

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Canada 1931: The unsociable trapper Johnson lives for himself in the ice-cold mountains near the Yukon river. During a visit in the town he witnesses a dog-fight. He interrupts the game and buys one of the dogs - almost dead already - for $200 against the owner's will. When the owner Hasel complains to Mountie Sergeant Millen, he refuses to take action. But then the loathing breeder and his friends accuse Johnson of murder. So Millen, although sympathetic, has to try to take him under arrest - but Johnson defends his freedom in every way possible

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
The movie DEATH HUNT turns history on its head, but in doing so it manages to deliver an entertaining movie that details the determination of two men in a manhunt across the Canadian tundra.
Directed by James Bond veteran Peter Hunt, who after working as an editor on the first few 007 pictures was promoted to director of the fan favorite ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and went on to direct such classics as GOLD and SHOUT AT THE DEVIL.
The movie DEATH HUNT provides Hunt the opportunity to reteam with his SHOUT AT THE DEVIL star Lee Marvin. Marvin plays a world-weary Canadian Mountie who is obligated (I use that word because Marvin's character seems to feel some sympathy for his quarry) to bring in a trapper (played by a quiet brooding Charles Bronsan) who is being harassed by some local thugs.
The execution of this story is excellent, the acting first-rate and the shots of the Yukon breathtaking. Where this movie does falter is in purporting to tell history by tying in the story of the Mad Trapper of Rat River into the fabric of the story - and in doing so unraveling all the history books tell us about the real incident.
Just type in `Mad Trapper of Rat River" on an Internet search engine to learn all you want to know about the 1931 incident, but everything we know about the real incident tells us that Albert Johnson was the guilty party. But here Johnson is portrayed as an innocent man whose pursuers use the charge of his being the mad trapper as an excuse to mobolize the law enforcement resources of the Yukon to catch him.
Given that nobody to this day really knows the identity of Johnson, the filmmakers invent a rather fanciful past for him.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent mountain mayhem! April 7, 2000
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This film may have been the best movie Charles Bronson ever acted in. Not sure why it is not more well know, if you like action this is you ticket. From the opening scene (dog fight) to the closing scene (shootout) it is nonstop action. Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson and Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed guy) are in the cast in addition to Bronson. Ms. Dickinson has a couple of makeout scenes but she takes a backseat to the amourous "Buffalo Woman" in the shack. The setting is the Canadian Rockies and is "based on a true story" from the 1920's or so. The mountain scenery is breathtaking. The movie is filled with sleazy tough guy/mountain men...a real testosterone fest. Vintage weapons, clothing and vehicles add alot to this film. Bronson gets to deliver a few one liners (and .44 caliber lobotomies) that will crack you up. You will like this movie!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where the heck was Sam Peckinpah?! May 3, 2002
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The 1981 film "Death Hunt" is a motion picture screaming for an audience. It has all the earmarks of a memorable action/adventure. But the final result falls short due to the lack of an accomplished director (who is Peter Hunt?) and cluttered second half.
"Death Hunt" is a great action flick, make no doubt. It's oddly enjoyable seeing old veterans such as Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin - both in the twilight of their unique careers - chewing up the lush Canadian scenery while involved in a battle of wills during a early 20th century man hunt. But it's the build up to the eventual chase, based on a true story, most viewers will remember from this sadly neglected film.
Mr. Bronson plays a man weary of society and war who returns to the mountains to get away from the bustle. Along the way, he rudely breaks up a man-made dogfight, saving a wounded shepherd from certain death. Such a rude interruption creates resentment, and several of the dog's former owners hike up to Charles' cabin to take the hound back. Bullets soon fly and a combatant ends up dead. Lee Marvin, as the local Canadian Mountie, is then drawn into the conflict.
A surprise is in store for the angry posse as they discover that trying to corner Mr. Bronson is akin to trapping a wild beast. By the conclusion of "Death Hunt," many in the cast of supporting veterans (Andrew Stevens, Carl Weathers, Ed Lauter, Angie Dickinson) will end up stiffer than a frozen tree.
I will not give away the build up, suffice to say that the action is crisp, fiery and pumped. And the villains of this film, a sad bunch barely a notch above the fighting dogs they force into battle, are reminiscent of many of the colorful miscreants of early Sam Peckinpah films ("Ride the High Country," "The Wild Bunch").
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A viewer September 27, 2001
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I just saw this movie yesterday on a cable channel. I had never seen it before, or had I heard of it. After seeing it I can hardly believe this flick isn't much more popular than it is.
I think it's one of the best "mountain man" type movies around, as well as action packed. I thought is fairly realistic and didn't contain all that typical B.S. that is usually put in movies like this.
I feel if you liked "First Blood," "Jeremiah Johnson," "Abducted," then you should really love this. I find it odd that some of Bronson's best films aren't as popular, such as "Hard Times, and "The Mechanic."
Last but not least I love Lee Marvin too, he was good in this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by Valorie B Hockman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Underestimated movie starring Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin in an interesting tale set in the Canadian wilderness. Good story line, action, and survival in the brutal Yukon.
Published 2 months ago by Gregory Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bronson!
This is one of my favorite Charles Bronson films. Lee Marvin and Carl Weathers are great too. Great shoot out scenes, classic Bronson one liners and and ass kicking and overall a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diamonddog
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Rated Movie
I saw this movie when it came out in the theaters in the early 80's. It is a great movie and looks excellent on Blu-ray.
Published 2 months ago by D. Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Duth Hunt
We like Charles Bronson , any movie he is in is always a thriller. We have a lot of his movies
Published 2 months ago by Judith R. Pyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Digital Transfer!
This is one of my most favorite movies from the 1970's. I was impressed by the great digital transfer...both picture quality and sound quality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vcv
5.0 out of 5 stars Death hunt
My husband has been trying for years to get this movie the colors,scenery all is great I recommend this one.
Published 3 months ago by Catherine Monday
3.0 out of 5 stars Rating
I hate how Amazon ships the merchandize one orders. That is the reason for the three star. Delivered to the post office and then you have to wait the next day or two to get your... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy Hostetler
4.0 out of 5 stars death hunt
Charles Bronson does an excellent job in this movie. It was worth the time spent viewing it. I will tell others about this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Anthony Aner
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up!
Always liked it when these two legends came together on the screen. They seem to be geared to destruction and mayhem of big proportions.
Published 4 months ago by Brian Cole
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