Picks and Pans Review: Death Hunt

updated 06/22/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/22/1981 01:00AM

An unflappable force, Lee Marvin, meets an imperturbable object, Charles Branson, and the result is a laconically effective chase film set in Canada in the 1930s. Marvin plays an old Mountie sergeant who doesn't even get excited when Angie Dickinson wanders into his bed. Branson, a trapper unjustly accused of murder, is very nice to his dog but has little use for his human neighbors. He leads Marvin and a posse that includes Andrew Stevens, as a cherubic young Mountie, and Carl (Rocky) Weathers, as a cynical older one, on a scenic chase. Branson,, who did almost the same gig in Chato's Land, stoically pulls all sorts of clever tricks. Marvin oozes macho integrity. While director Peter Hunt lets too much obscenity and blood flow, he sensibly uses the awesome vistas of his Alberta locations and accepts the film for what it is: a transplanted Western. (R)

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