Charles Bronson is going to feature pretty heavily throughout the blog over time with his splendid services to the action movie genre. With so many favourites I could pick I’ve decided to go with his 1981 film Death Hunt.
Dig out your old trappers beaver fur hat and bear skin coat, get that log fire burning as this is a cold bleak one set in the Canadian Yukon arctic region. Supposedly based on a true story, Bronson plays Albert Johnson and from what I’ve read of the real life events this film may take many liberties but makes for a better story I think.
Bronson gets his famous quiet and solitary routine going which you only know too well hides a bubbling rage under that heap of wool and fur when he is pushed too far. That too far centers around his saving of a dog at the beginning from a bunch of no gooders and we all know it’s gonna go downhill from there. What comes is a pursuit story across the frozen wilderness, chased by packs of dogs and trackers plus a few members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police headed by Sergeant Edgar Millen.
Some of the other players in this film are Lee Marvin (Point Blank) as Millen. You have the wonderful named George Washington Lincoln “Sundog” Brown played by Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed, Dillon) plus the always typecast bad guy Ed Lauter as Hazel. Plus the cuddly Amy Marie George happy to keep you warm through those tough cold nights.
Directed by Peter Hunt who in 1969 directed one time James Bond George Lazenby in the exceptional On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
This entertaining film will sit very nicely next to your Rambo First Blood VHS which came out round the same time.
Time to take your seats for today’s film matinee trailer showing of Death Hunt. Wrap up warm and fill that hot water bottle and maybe the addition of a hot toddy or two. Sure you will track it down in a bargain bin somewhere soon….. Have fun, Wolfy
This is a great watch too, the making of and behind the scenes look at Death Hunt.
A few further reading links