Steve McQueen’s Tom Horn is a sorry ending to the once high hopes of the star-studded founding of First Artists Prods.
If rumor be true, McQueen did not want to do Horn as his third pic to fulfill his founder’s commitment, but was forced into it. True or not, he certainly looks like he’s walking through the part.
Imagine a film that opens up with dialog that can’t be heard at all, then proceeds to build up to a fistfight that’s never seen, that cuts away to sunsets to fill in other scenes that have no dramatic point, and you have just the beginning of what’s wrong with Tom Horn.
Pic [from Horn’s Life of Tom Horn, Government Scout and Interpreter] takes up in the final days of the life of the legendary Western hero. And the only plus at all is a couple of good, bloody shoot-out sequences.