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The Hunting Party (1971)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Chinese Girl
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Storyline

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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rifle | outlaw | love | gun | posse | See All (58) »

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

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Drama | Western | Action

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4 September 1971 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Cacería implacable  »

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SEK 527,257 (Sweden)
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The first of three films that Candice Bergen made with Gene Hackman in the 70s, the others being the equally reviled The Domino Killings (1977) and the much more acclaimed Bite the Bullet (1975). Although they only share a handful of scenes in this film, Bergen is on record as saying she learned more about film acting from Hackman in their films together than from any other quarter. See more »

Goofs

When Frank shoots Doc (5 times rapid fire) he uses a Colt Peacemaker model which is a single action pistol. The only way to rapid fire a single action pistol is to fan the hammer, which is very inaccurate, and since his left hand is holding down his right wrist, it is not possible for him to fan the gun. See more »

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[first lines]
Melissa Ruger: Brandt. Stop! Brandt?
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed.
Melissa Ruger: Brandt, why do we...
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed!
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A mean little S.O.B. of a Western.
9 February 2003 | by (Menifee, California) – See all my reviews

Gene Hackman and Oliver Reed face off in this hard-hitting Western from Don Medford (!). Unfortunately, the film seems to be trying to out-Peckinpah Peckinpah without fully knowing why he does what he does. What we're left with is a superficial exercise in nihilism but who doesn't love that? Lots of good action scenes, some nice acting and a meanstreak separate this one from the pack. Well worth searching out despite its flaws.


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