The Last Hunter (Italian: L'ultimo cacciatore) is a 1980 Italian "macaroni combat" war film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring David Warbeck.The Last Hunter marked the first Euro War film to take place during the Vietnam War, as opposed World War II like all films in the sub-genre before.
Following the suicide of his best friend, Captain Harry Morris (David Warbeck) accepts a final deadly mission to go behind enemy lines to destroy a radio tower that is broadcasting anti-war propaganda spoken by an American woman to American troops.Original Italian promo poster with original title
Director Antonio Margheriti decided to make a Vietnam War film due to the success of the American film The Deer Hunter. The Last Hunter was originally titled Cacciatore 2, a dubious Italian film tradition in order to appear as an un-official sequel to The Deer Hunterwhich was released in Italy as Il Cacciatore. Promotional posters were printed up with this title (see left). Antonio Margheriti's son Edoardo Margheriti (who served as second unit director) said the title was changed to L'Ultimo cacciatore due to rights issues.
The Last Hunter was filmed in the Philippines in many of the same locations as Apocalypse Now. The film was extremely hard shoot due to heat, wildlife, and accidents on the set. Cinematographer Riccardo Pallottini later died in a helicopter crash during the production of a later Margheriti Vietnam War film Tiger Joe.
- David Warbeck ... Capt. Henry Morris
- Tisa Farrow ... Jane Foster
- Tony King ... Sgt. George Washington
- Bobby Rhodes ... Carlos
- Margit Evelyn Newton ... Carol
- John Steiner ... Maj. Cash
- Massimo Vanni ... Phillips
- Luciano Pigozzi ... Bartender
- Dino Conti ... Pot-smoking soldier
- Edoardo Margheriti ... Stinker Smith
Dark Sky Films released the film on Region 1 NTSC DVD in 2007. The featurette Margheriti and the Last Hunter is included with the release.
Released on VHS in the UK by Intervision in 1981.
Re-issued in 1988 by Elephant Video (slightly cut)
Released on UK DVD by Vipco in 2002 (uncut)
Released on German DVD by X-Rated Kult Video in 2005 (as Jager Der Apokalypse)
Released on DVD in Scandinavia by Another World Entertainment in August 2008