Combustible Celluloid
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With: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Andrew Stevens, Carl Weathers, Ed Lauter, Scott Hylands, Angie Dickinson, Henry Beckman, William Sanderson, Jon Cedar, James O'Connell, Len Lesser, Richard Davalos, Maury Chaykin, August Schellenberg
Written by: Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Directed by: Peter R. Hunt
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 97
Date: 05/22/1981

Death Hunt (1981)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Snow Chase

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Two of cinema's greatest "real man" stars re-team (after appearing together years earlier in The Dirty Dozen) for this low-key, fun chase movie. Charles Bronson stars as Albert Johnson, a trapper living in the Yukon in the 1930s. He rescues a badly injured dog from a dogfight and nurses it back to health. But when the dog's original owners try to get it back, the result is a huge bloodbath.

Mountie Edgar Millen (Lee Marvin) sets out to track down and bring in the fugitive Johnson, even though he identifies more with the trapper than with the cackling rednecks that caused all the trouble.

There's one great shot in which the two leads regard each other through binoculars, sizing each other up and finding the result agreeable. Director Peter R. Hunt (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) uses snow and the great outdoors to marvelous advantage, turning in a highly enjoyable actioner with no frills. (It's a lot like The Fugitive, but with a much higher body count.)

Andrew Stevens co-stars as a by-the-book rookie Mountie, and Carl Weathers plays Edgar's best pal. Angie Dickinson also appears as a gratuitous love interest for Marvin (they had been in Point Blank and The Killers together). Also look for cult actor William Sanderson as one of the brain-dead hicks.

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