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The Hunting Party

3.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Nobody steals from Brandt Ruger and lives. With a stellar cast led by OscarÂ(r) winner* Gene Hackman (Unforgiven), EmmyÂ(r) winner Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Oliver Reed (Gladiator), this searing western fires round after round of emotional heat with a torrid frontier love triangle that can only lead to revenge. To cattle baron Brandt Ruger (Hackman), his beautiful wife Melissa (Bergen) is just one of his possessions. So when notorious bandit Frank Calder (Reed) kidnaps Melissa, Ruger isn't concerned about herhe's enraged that someone stole from him. Melissa finds her captor quite kind, but Ruger is organizing a posse to hunt down the pairand recover his property dead or alive!

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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman, Simon Oakland, Ronald Howard
  • Directors: Don Medford
  • Writers: Lou Morheim, Gilbert Ralston, William W. Norton
  • Producers: Arnold Laven, Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy, Lou Morheim
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007O3952
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hunting Party" on IMDb

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The Hunting Party is definitely a western for the Wild Bunch-loving, blood in buckets kind of crowd. It's not a badly made film at all, but it is one that requires a strong stomach.

Gene Hackman, in a tour-de force villainous role, is a sadistic wealthy townowner who treats his young wife, played by Candace Bergen, like any other possession. Our first scene of them shows his violently sadistic side toward women, and as we find out later, he doesn't treat men any better.

Oliver Reed plays a notorious outlaw who kidnaps Bergen from a schoolhouse so she can teach him to reach. Hackman gets word of this while on a hunting retreat with fellow wealthy friends, and enlists their aid in retrieving his wife and taking revenge on the outlaw, Hackman and his group are armed with the newest kind of rifle, long range with telescopic sights. Much mayhem and bloodshed ensues.

Everyone acts superbly in this film. Hackman plays one of the nastiest villains ever to grace motion pictures. Bergen, while a tough cookie, has to endure lost of attacks, and Reed loses his English accent and plays effectively the part of a tough but sympathetic outlaw. This is one of the classic, cynical late sixties, early seventies (1971) westerns that has more sad and melancholy scenes than happy ones. But it is an darkly entertaining film.
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i saw this movie about 34 years ago in a very smokey car at a drive-in. the movie

always stuck out in my mind, so it was great to see it available on dvd. it was even better than i remember..... . still a great western, candice bergen much hotter than murphy brown. gene hackman is meaner than in THE UNFORGIVEN. i am planning a hunting party with some of my old pals that appreciate the ultra violent westerns of the 1970s. now can anybody tell me where i can get an ULZANA'S RAID dvd that does'nt cost no stinkin 70 dollars?
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Candice Bergen (Melissa Ruger) is a school teacher married to Brandt Ruger (Hackman). Brandt, a wealthy, powerful cattle man is incensed when he gets word of his wife's abduction at the hands of Frank Calder (Reed) and his outlaw gang. Frank intends her no harm though, he just wants her to tutor him so he can learn to read and write. Meanwhile, Hackman hears of the kidnapping while on a train to a hunting trip with 5 of his cohorts (two of them being G.D. Spradlin and Simon Oakland). He decides to change it to a manhunt. With powerful, long range rifles that can shoot accurately past 700 yards he and his buddies will pick off these outlaws. They leave the train on horseback and track the gang down. With scopes in place they start shooting from so far away the gang can't even see them. Spradlin is having a great time shooting men in cold blood until they sneak up on the snipers and shoot back. One of Hackman's party is killed and Spradlin decides he doesn't want to shoot at someone who's shooting back and leaves. Hackman won't quit though. He's had Frank in his sights more than once but wants to save him for last. Melissa falls for Frank. Hackman was worthless as a husband anyway. From the beginning it's hard to understand why she ever married the louse. Hackman and his fellow snipers are more like the bad guys than the outlaw gang. Lots of blood and violence, sadistic at times.
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Directed by Don Medford, "The Hunting Party" is a great Spaghetti Western. In fact, everything about this Western is great. It has a superb cast headlined by Oliver Reed whose career spans from Hammer Production's classic "Curse of the Werewolf" to Dan Curtis' "Burnt Offerings" to the modern "Gladiator." Reed is an illiterate thief, Frank Calder, who kidnaps the gorgeous blonde schoolteacher Melissa (Candice Bergen of "Murphy Brown) and orders her to teach him to read. She is smitten by his rough, rugged exterior and tender, caring heart. Soon the two are falling in love.

Unfortunately for Calder and his gang of outlaws, Melissa is the wife of wealthy cattle baron, Brandt Ruger (Gene Hackman). He is a perverse man who views all women, including Melissa, as pieces of property to use and abuse at will. (It is difficult to believe that, one year later, Hackman portrayed the self sacrificing Reverend Scott of "The Poseidon Adventure.") Using new, technologically advanced rifles, Brandt and his wealthy cohorts relentlessly and sadistically hunt Calder and his buddies.

"The Hunting Party" is an ultra-violent, realistically gory Western with lush photography and a beautiful soundtrack provided by the legendary Riz Ortolani. Ortolani scored many of my beloved Italian gialli such as Lucio Fulci's "Perversion Story," Armando Crispino's "The Dead Are Alive" and Flavio Mogherini's "The Pyjama Girl Case." There is also a great supporting cast that includes Simon Oakland of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" and Mitchell Ryan of "Dark Shadows." Both series were directed by the legendary Dan Curtis.

The ending of "The Hunting Party" is very tragic and depressing. The entire film, with its extreme pathos, reminded me of a Shakespearean tragedy.
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Ugly and pretentious western was one of many misguided attempts to create a Wild Bunch style revisionist western without Sam Peckinpah--the problem is that lesser filmmakers invariably copied the violence but missed everything else. Hunting Party tells the story of an arrogant rancher named Brandt Rutger (Gene Hackman in one of his least interesting performances) who is on a hunting party with his rich friends complete with a privately chartered train, a car full of whores and a new super-expensive rifle with a telescope sight that allows accurate shooting at a great distance.

His wife Melissa (Candice Bergan, not yet aware that her calling is comedy) is kidnapped by Oliver Reed and his gang because she is mistaken for a schoolteacher and Reed's character wants to learn how to read. When Brandt finds out about the kidnapping he convinces his friends that they should hunt down the gang themselves, killing them from a safe distance as if they were buffalo or some other wild game. Brandt also plans to kill his wife rather than rescue her because he is consumed by the idea that she will be carrying some outlaw's bastard baby if he takes her back.

The fact that Oliver Reed's character kidnaps a woman because he wants to learn how to read is probably meant to make him more noble than the wealthy rancher and his friends but that motivation is too ridiculous to take seriously. Hunting Party is little more than a dressed up Most Dangerous Game rip-off but without any entertainment value since the movie takes itself so seriously. Hunting Party offers lots of killing for no good reason and quickly becomes a chore to sit through because it's impossible to care about any of the characters and everything that happens seems senseless.
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