A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his infidel wife.

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Frank Calder
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Brandt Ruger
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Melissa Ruger
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Matthew Gunn
Ronald Howard ...
Watt Nelson
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Hog Warren
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Doc Harrison
William Watson ...
Jim Loring
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Sam Bayard
Rayford Barnes ...
Crimp
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Buford King
Richard Adams ...
Owney Clark
Dean Selmier ...
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Sarah Atkinson ...
Redhead
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The rich and ruthless rancher Brandt Ruger keeps his beautiful young wife Melissa like a part of his property, subdued to his will. But one day she's kidnapped by the famous outlaw Frank Calder - just to teach him reading, so he tells her. Calder doesn't know or care who's wife she is. He takes care of her well, and eventually Melissa falls in love with him. But Ruger feels humiliated. Full of hate, he sets out to kill him - and Melissa too, if necessary. Together with his friends and the newest technology in guns, which carry 800 yards, he initiates a battue on Calder and his gang. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They Hunted The Biggest Game Of All - Man And Woman! See more »

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4 September 1971 (Japan)  »

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SEK 527,257 (Sweden)
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This is the second Western in as many years for Candice Bergen which has a reputation for extreme brutality. The other was Soldier Blue (1970) released the year before. See more »

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Gene Hackman's rifle (the caliber of which was unclear) is sufficiently powerful to kill from several hundred yards, yet he presses his eye against the scope eyepiece with no consequences. Any rifle that powerful has a significant kick, one that would have certainly damaged both his eye and the surrounding area. See more »

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Melissa Ruger: Brandt. Stop! Brandt?
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed.
Melissa Ruger: Brandt, why do we...
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed!
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Bloody and nihilistic western.
3 July 2008 | by (Kokura, Japan) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of early 70's sadistic westerns and "The Hunting Party" has the special place in my grimy heart. It's among the nastiest, bloodiest and most misanthropic western movies ever made. Obviously influenced by Peckinpah's masterful "The Wild Bunch" it has its share of brutal violence and blown off heads. Even the cow gets its throat slit in the beginning of this nasty spectacle. Gene Hackman plays wealthy town owner filled with rage and misogynistic hatred. When the outlaw named Frank (Oliver Reed) kidnaps his wife (Candice Bergen) for teaching him to read, Hackman forms the hunting group. The bloodbath ensues... Highly cynical western, superbly acted and shot. The shocking finale filled my eyes with tears. A must-see.


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