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The Hunting Party (2007)

Snezana Markovic , Terrence Howard , Richard Shepard  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Snezana Markovic, Terrence Howard, Zan Marolt, James Brolin, Lejla Hadzimuratovic
  • Directors: Richard Shepard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Serbo-Croatian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMFZN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hunting Party" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Inspired by true events, The Hunting Party stars Richard Gere and Terrence Howard as vacationing journalists who try to track down a missing war criminal in one of Eastern Europe’s deadliest regions. What begins as an impulsive reporting adventure immediately turns dangerous, as hostile locals, shady underworld figures and a case of mistaken identity puts them squarely in their target’s crosshairs. Amid the bullets and bombs, they discover that getting the scoop is one thing – getting out alive is something else entirely.

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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only The Most Ridiculous Parts of the Story Are True September 14, 2007
"Only the Most Ridiculous Parts of the Story Are True"

As I read this brief title card at the beginning of the new Richard Shephard ("The Matador") film "The Hunting Party", I suddenly realized something. For months, I have been watching a trailer for a different film. Funny thing is the film I saw was better than the film promoted by the trailer. Let me explain.

Over the course of many months, I saw the trailer for "The Hunting Party" many times. Every time I watched it, the film was painted as a fairly typical war story. Richard Gere plays a reporter covering stories in various war zones, Terrence Howard plays his cameraman. Together, they dodge a lot of bullets and explosions. Jesse Eisenberg ("Noah and the Whale") plays a young newbie along for the ride. Every time I watched the trailer, I couldn't help suppress a yawn. It appeared to be too conventional to have anything new to say.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I saw a television commercial for the film. This commercial was different; mentioning the film was directed by Richard Shepherd. Richard Shephard? The director of "The Matador"? "The Matador" was an unusual film, a dark comedy featuring great performances by Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. It wasn't one of my favorite films, but I appreciated the dark, offbeat sense of humor. When I learned "The Hunting Party" was a dark comedy, my interest became peaked.

Simon (Richard Gere) is a danger junkie. His job as a reporter for a major television network's evening news has made him a star and he seems more comfortable wearing a pair of cargo pants and a camouflage vest, dodging bullets, than he would be at a dinner party enjoying conversation.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fine Line Between Comedy and Tragedy January 27, 2008
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At first glance, during the music and opening sequences of THE HUNTING PARTY, it is difficult to ascertain if the film about to be seen is a comedy or a docudrama about a genocidal maniac. Once the repartee of dialog sets in we realize that journalists require a certain mindset and vantage that allows them to cover war and other atrocities and once that tenor is adjusted the film makes solid sense.

Based on a true story by Scott Anderson (a journalist) THE HUNTING PARTY (written for the screen by Richard Shepard who also directs) deals with a top notch journalist Simon (Richard Gere) on the skids and his buddy cameraman Duck (Terrence Howard) and youngster journalist Benjamin (Jesse Eisenberg) who meet up after Simon's self imposed exile to follow a lead to 'interview' The Fox (Ljubomir Kerekes), the most wanted war criminal from the Bosnia/Croatian war. Their trail follows life-threatening chases and captures and escapes until they expose what the CIA has been doing to prevent - the capture of this heinous maniac. While the atmosphere is rather grim, the production is pitch perfect and the performances by Gere, Howard, and Eisenberg manage to reveal the complexities of the mental states and bizarre outlooks of journalists who elect to be right next to the horrors of war and crime in order to deliver a story. Food for thought here, and a much different approach to the life of correspondents than we've had before. And, it is based on fact! Grady Harp, January 08
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban myths can make interesting movies January 27, 2008
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All big conflicts and unresolved situations are a fertile ground for conspiracy theories. Usually one or the other urban myth will be planted on top of the most daring theories. Prime example that comes to mind are the 9/11 explanations involving Mossad/Pentagon/CIA plus the fable that x-thousand Jews did not go to work on that day, which many good Muslims actually believe. As I know first hand, i.e. this is not an urban myth now.
One conspiracy theory has it that Karadjic, the Bosnian Serb, who is one of the hottest refugees from international justice, resigned his leadership in a deal with the US/UN which promised him that they would not come after him. The urban myth garnishing this theory, and which forms the basis of this film script, is, that K. actually did get caught and then killed by Bosnian Muslims rather than put up for show like Milosevic. Who knows.
The movie is worth watching, whether one wants to belief the story or not. Gere and Howard are doing a great job as pair of war correspondents with different positions on their career path trajectory(G down, H up). The plot is interesting enough, the story is based on the two guys' hare-brained plan to interview K., who is here called something else, but played by a look-alike. The script is not perfect, it stutters and stumbles, but it carries.
Recommendable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good...just not great August 28, 2011
Format:DVD
Although there is so much in here, I found the ending (SPOILER ALERT) where the three journalists decide to run away from the CIA as implausible as well as their ability to capture, on their own, a notorious Serb war criminal.

Having said that, at the end of the movie, are claims that this actually happened. If that's true then the depiction of the final 20 minutes of this movie was even more unbelievable.

It's hard to know what to think but up until that point this is a terrific thriller with loads of mysterious threatening characters and scenes. The acting is first-rate as when Richard Gere gets those indignant roles he is always able to pull those off. Throw in Terrence Howard who just exudes cool and the surprising newcomer "Adventureland's" Jesse Eisenberg. Throw in a gratuitous James Brolin (sadly his beard demanded too much salary and did not appear in a suppurting role), loads of war scenes and bombed out building across Bosnia-Hercegovina and you have one heckuva movie.

Maybe not as well done as "Savior" was as far as depicting the atrocities in the Balkans but a damned fine effort.

DVD extras are the usual--commentary track, making of and deleted scenes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars poor movie
fair not great
Published 26 days ago by Earl J. Byard
2.0 out of 5 stars Something to watch
A fair movie.
Published 2 months ago by J. Mol
4.0 out of 5 stars Hunting Party
The acting was great. I love true stories and the real people are in the film. I remember when that stuff was going on.
Published 3 months ago by Bill Tela
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't come together.
Genocide deserves better than this. Central casting Balkan bad guys make the swarthy Behind Enemy Lines characters look complex. A shallow Gere vehicle that he fails to pull-off. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars The former Yugoslavia, good film with a lot of nasty, realistic...
This is a good film with some very realistic chapters of what happened in that part of the world. Well made, good acting, but not light entertainment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. F. Poza
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor plot and dialog
This movie is a waste of money, plot, action scenes and dialog are weak and not deserving of the actors
Published 5 months ago by Frank Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well-done.
This movie is exciting and eventful and haunting. It's the world of journalist/photographers during wartime. Reminds me a lot of Sebastian Junger and his kinds of guys. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sahoni Redbird
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunting party is an excellent movie
there are three great actors in this movie. It is a very intense and exciting movie. And more importantly, for me, it has an unpredictable ending. love it and own it!
Published 7 months ago by hennessey bounds
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
War has a way of seeing things in a different light. Being a reporter where your reputation supersedes what your eyes see and reporting can be a wonder
Published 12 months ago by Daphane Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie...Make it one to see.
Great movie...keeps your interest the whole way through. I really like Howards character. I would recommend giving this movie a watch.
Published 12 months ago by Gerald B.
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