After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two ... See full summary »
A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.
An Italian official's wife is kidnapped, and the kidnappers demand that a notorious prisoner be released in order for the man to get his wife back. He gets the man released--but then ... See full summary »
Imprisoned Harry Lomart is a vicious, brute of a man and yet he is prepared to do his long jail term as he is confident that on his release his beautiful wife Pat will be waiting for him, but a visit from Pat brings him his worst nightmare.
Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble, in the years since his discharge. The only thing he got out of the war was ... See full summary »
A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.
Michael J. Pollard
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>
The first of three films that Candice Bergen made with Gene Hackman in the 70s, the others being the equally reviled The Domino Principle (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 »
Hackman calls his rifle a Creedmore, when in fact closeups show it to be a Martini-Henry. See more »
I rented the DVD of "The Hunting Party" based on the cast. I found it to be an engrossing, if somewhat uneven, story of vengeance that stands the test of time. The version I watched, the MGM DVD issued in 2005, includes the scenes that IMDb lists as cut from earlier, European versions.
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Gene Hackman's character, Brandt, is obsessed with punishing the men who kidnapped his young wife. He is portrayed as a personable, wealthy rancher with a sadistic mean streak. He becomes so single-minded about getting payback that he destroys himself in the process. Oliver Reed, as Frank, is shown as an outlaw who does not kill unless necessary, and the struggle between these men forms the plot. We follow the story primarily from the Calder gang POV, so the audience shares their panic when the hunters attack. The loud report of the high-powered rifle shots becomes especially unnerving as the movie progresses.
There are a few scenes that help develop the characters of Calder and his men, such as the 'peaches' scene, which interjects a bit of levity into what is otherwise a dark, inexorable journey into oblivion. The ending, IMO, is a fitting climax to the story, and elevates the film above a rote Western shoot-em-up.
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