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The Hunting Party (1971)

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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posse | rifle | outlaw | love | gun | See All (60) »

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You're invited to a party...We'll play the deadliest game of all...Hunting, 26 Men and 1 Woman! See more »

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Drama | Western | Action

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4 September 1971 (Japan)  »

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Cacería implacable  »

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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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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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Melissa Ruger: Brandt. Stop! Brandt?
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed.
Melissa Ruger: Brandt, why do we...
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed!
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Featured in The Honkers (1972) See more »

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Great actors with a flawed script
14 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film and kept watching it because of my faith in the main actors. They did not let me down. They are terrific and so are those in supporting roles. But they are working with a flawed story and a flawed script. Three quarters way through, the film starts to drag as basically the same thing keeps happening with predictable symmetry. Reed's companions die off and Hackman's leave him. Hackman and Reed are what the story is about and the hangers on, stuck to each of them, become an irrelevance to be got rid of by the script writers so that the story can reach its climax and conclusion. The fundamental flaw in the story is the barely, if at all, discussed willingness of Hackman's hunting party to go after the kidnappers rather than the animal prey. These are rich, "respectable" pillars of society - not the criminals, murderers or dubious posse characters often depicted in such a manhunt in westerns. That does not make them honourable or give them a conscience but they would think twice, big time, if invited to go on a lynching rather than a planned animal hunt. The ending would have been much more interesting if Reed had used his ingenuity to counter Hackman's long range technology ; if he had thought up an ingenious plan to attack his pursuers, and give Hackman (and us) more of a run for his money than just run, fade away into deep sand.


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