Mr. Horn

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Mr. Horn
Written by William Goldman
Starring David Carradine
Release dates 1979
Language English

Mr. Horn is a 1979 made for TV movie chronicling the life of Tom Horn. It was directed by Jack Starrett from a screenplay by William Goldman.

This version came out just prior to the 1980 feature film Tom Horn, which starred Steve McQueen.


Tom Horn's life is covered from his early days as an army scout, to his time as a Pinkerton agent, concluding with the events surrounding his death by hanging in 1903.


Historical accuracy[edit]

Comparing this movie to documented history shows many factual errors. Karen Black's character of Ernestina Crawford, sister to Emmet Crawford in the movie, was completely fictitious. General Crook appears in the movie after the point he historically died.


William Goldman had come across the story of Tom Horn while researching that of Butch Cassidy and became fascinated with him, calling Horn "the most talented man who ever lived" in the Wild West,[1] deciding to write a screenplay about him. In 1974 it was announced Goldman, Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack had formed a company to make the movie.[2] Goldman was reportedly paid $500,000 for his work.[3]

In 1977 Mike Medavoy at United Artists announced he had bought William Goldman's script to star Redford.[4] Pollack was still attached and he got David Rayfield to rewrite the script.[5]

However the project did not proceed as a feature and wound up being done for TV by CBS.[6]

William Goldman later admitted he never saw the mini series. "Couldn't bring myself to... this was one of my bad experiences."[1]


  1. ^ a b Goldman, William, Which Lie Did I Tell?, Bloomsbury 2000 p 267
  2. ^ New Company Set Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Aug 1974: g17.
  3. ^ Screenwriter as Star: Shaking the Shackles Laskos, Andrew. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Aug 1976: k1.
  4. ^ Movies: Yesterday's heroism--Could it cure today's ailing western? Siskel, Gene. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 20 Feb 1977: e2.
  5. ^ FILM CLIPS: A MOVIE OF LIFE WITH PAPA Kilday, Gregg. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 May 1977: h16.
  6. ^ TELEVISION REVIEW: 'MR. HORN,' THE WHITE INDIAN Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 Feb 1979: f1

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