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      Death Hunt

      R 1981 1 hr. 37 min. Action List
      17% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 70% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Isolated Yukon trapper Albert Johnson (Charles Bronson) stumbles upon a dog fight and saves the losing canine from death, but animal-owner Hazel (Ed Lauter) and his friends attack Albert for breaking up the scuffle. One of Hazel's pals is killed in the brawl with Albert, and a group of Canadian Mounties, led by Sgt. Edgar Millen (Lee Marvin), shows up to intervene. Hazel claims that Albert was the instigator, so the trapper flees, and the mounties pursue him through the harsh wilderness. Read More Read Less

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      matthias s "Death Hunt" delivers a nostalgic dose of action that takes you back to the era of classic, testosterone-fueled cinema. The film's atmospheric setting in the frozen wilderness of the Yukon is a character in itself, adding an eerie and isolated backdrop to the story. While it may not have the firepower of an all-out blockbuster, "Death Hunt" still packs a punch with its decent action sequences that keep you engaged. The cast, led by the legendary Charles Bronson, delivers solid performances, with Bronson's stoic toughness perfectly suited for the role. What sets "Death Hunt" apart is its unmistakable Rambo-esque vibe, giving you that adrenaline rush of a lone hero taking on impossible odds. If you're a fan of the classic action genre, this film serves up a hearty dose of good old-fashioned entertainment. In conclusion, "Death Hunt" may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but it certainly delivers on its promise of action, atmosphere, and old-school charm. It's a movie that takes you on a wild ride through the frozen North, and for fans of this era, it's well worth a watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Audience Member In the Yukon Territory in 1931, Albert Johnson (Charles Bronson), a solitary American trapper, comes across an organized dog fight. A white German Shepherd is badly injured and Johnson forcibly takes it, paying $200 to its owner, a vicious trapper named Hazel (Ed Lauter). Aggrieved by his treatment and claiming the dog was stolen from him, Hazel leads several of his friends to Johnson's isolated cabin. Some begin shooting while others create a diversion. After the shooting of Sitka, the dog that Johnson has nursed back to health, the trapper kills one pursuer, Jimmy Tom (Denis Lacroix), Once they discover that Johnson has bought 700 rounds of ammunition from the local trading post and paid in $100 bills, many conclude that he is the "mad trapper", a possibly mythical, psychopathic, serial killer who supposedly murders other trappers in the wilderness and takes their gold teeth. An old trapper, Bill Luce (Henry Beckman), warns Johnson that the law is coming for him. Johnson fortifies his cabin. Sergeant Edgar Millen (Lee Marvin), commander of the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police post, seems a tough but humane man. He has with him a veteran tracker named "Sundog" Brown (Carl Weathers) and a young constable, Alvin Adams (Andrew Stevens), plus a new lover in Vanessa McBride (Angie Dickinson). He reluctantly agrees to investigate Hazel's accusations that Johnson stole his dog and murdered Jimmy Tom. Millen leads a posse of mounties and trappers to the cabin. He parleys with Johnson, telling him that he has a pretty good idea of what happened and if Johnson comes with him they can get it sorted out. However, before Johnson can answer, one of the trappers opens fire. Several end up killed, including one who is shot by one of his own friends. The posse uses dynamite to blow up the cabin, but Johnson escapes, shooting dead a Mountie, Constable Hawkins (Jon Cedar). Millen, Sundog and Adams, joined by Hazel with his tracker dogs, set off into the frozen wilderness after Johnson... In Vincent Canby's review for The New York Times, he noted that the plot had problems. "Nothing in Death Hunt makes a great deal of sense, though the scenery is rugged and the snowscapes beautiful." Canby, however, recognized that two old pros were at work. "Mr. Bronson and Mr. Marvin are such old hands at this sort of movie that each can create a character with ease, out of thin, cold air." Reviewer Leonard Maltin characterized Death Hunt as having "... good action, but not enough of it." This stale actioneer based on a true story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police´s pursuit of a man named Albert Johnson has Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin on autopilot with wobbly action scenes and not much else. Trivia: Based upon a true story, the film was heavily criticized by Canadian historians for getting many historical facts and characterizations wrong. The movie was directed by Peter R. Hunt, whose work on the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was a significant factor in his hiring, as both films are predominantly set in snow-capped mountains. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent action movie Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin and Carl Weathers are all excellent in this movie one of Charles Bronson's best movies!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The ratings by Rotten Tomatoes "experts" just shows how out of touch they are with the fans. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member The critics are retarded!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Liked the characters and actors who played them. Story line was a little weak but I thoroughly enjoyed the performance Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Critics Reviews

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      Gary Arnold Washington Post Supposedly inspired by an authentic incident in the Northwest Territories 50 years ago, the movie emerges as an exercise in bogus historical evocation, minimal characterization and synthetic conflict. Jan 13, 2016 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times Nothing in Death Hunt makes a great deal of sense, though the scenery is rugged and the snowscapes beautiful. Dec 26, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's stiffly directed by Peter Hunt. Rated: C Jan 21, 2016 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing A modest bit of macho cinema. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 15, 2013 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid A highly enjoyable actioner with no frills. Mar 6, 2009 Full Review TV Guide A few moments of good, visual storytelling aren't enough to save this frustrating film. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 26, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Isolated Yukon trapper Albert Johnson (Charles Bronson) stumbles upon a dog fight and saves the losing canine from death, but animal-owner Hazel (Ed Lauter) and his friends attack Albert for breaking up the scuffle. One of Hazel's pals is killed in the brawl with Albert, and a group of Canadian Mounties, led by Sgt. Edgar Millen (Lee Marvin), shows up to intervene. Hazel claims that Albert was the instigator, so the trapper flees, and the mounties pursue him through the harsh wilderness.
      Director
      Peter Hunt
      Executive Producer
      Raymond Chow Man-Wai, Albert S. Ruddy, Andre Morgan
      Screenwriter
      Michael Grais, Mark Victor
      Production Co
      Golden Harvest, Northshore Investments Ltd.
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016