Death Hunt (1981)


“Well, I just figure any man who risks his neck to save a dog’s life isn’t going to kill someone for gold teeth.” – Constable Alvin Adams

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A group of hunters and a Canadian Mountie go deep into the Canadian wilderness to try and capture a trapper who has been suspected of murder.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew nothing about besides the fact that it stars Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin.

The story is quite mediocre and fails to stay interesting throughout.

Part of the problem in this film is the fact that many of the scenes feel very repetitious and drags along too much which makes one wonder of the ready that many scenes feel as if they already happened the same way previously could just be there in order to lengthen the story.

Having Bronson and Marvin pitted against one another might seem like a good idea on paper, but they never feel evenly matched as the action moves along.

This film also has a side story featuring women in the wilderness which feels tacked on and fails to really add anything to the story on a whole.

Angie Dickerson and Carl Weathers both feel completely wasted in supporting roles.

Bottom Line – Mediocre film that doesn’t manage to stay interesting enough throughout.  Marvin and Bronson are both great actors but they don’t at all feel even close to being evenly matched in this film.  The story drags along a bit too much and feels quite repetitive in many scenes which in turn makes things feel as if they are just trying to stretch things out. The side story with the women feels a bit tacked on also and doesn’t really add much to the story on a whole.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Charles Bronson once said of his Albert Johnson character in this movie: “There are two schools of thought about the characters . . . Some believe the man [Albert Johnson] was a criminal. Others believe, as I do, that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. We decided to show him as a man who was a victim of someone else’s need to perform violence. In trying to protect himself against an unprovoked attack, he was forced to kill one of his assailants.” (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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