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Tom Horn (1980)

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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.


William Wiard


Thomas McGuane (screenplay), Bud Shrake (screenplay)





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


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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Did You Know?


When the film was released some critics suggested that Steve McQueen had lost his charismatic screen presence after being away for too long. He had retired from acting after "The Towering Inferno (1974)," returning three years later to make "An Enemy of the People (1978)" which was never properly released. See more »


In the opening sequence, the wording says, "In 1901 he drifted into Wyoming 'Territory'". Wyoming had been a state since 1890. See more »


Tom Horn: Did you get the note telling you to not come around here?
Lee Mendenhour: I got your fucking note! I rolled it up in the back with tobacco and smoked 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 »


Referenced in Vintage Video: Serial (1980) (2020) See more »

User Reviews

An old Josh Randall rides into the sunset.
29 May 2002 | by eaglejet98See all my reviews

Really an under-rated film.

Although McQueen is tired (physically) from his cancer, he plays off his physical condition to portray a 19th Century western hero who is past his prime and society's 20th Century double-moral standards.

He is quite believable in this one and manages to avoid playing Steve McQueen "Vin"/Josh Randall.

Half-way through the film you have a pretty good idea how the story will end, but the characterizations are good enough to keep you in your seat or, now with videos, on your couch until the end. This is a well done, decent morality play.

It's interesting that Steve McQueen's last two movies reflect his early screen persona- a cowboy and a bounty hunter (who wore a flight jacket). It is a great tribute to McQueen that he is is still extremely popular with movie goers nearly 25 years after his death.

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Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I, Tom Horn See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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