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Open Season (1974)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  August 1974 (USA)
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Three young men take a young woman and a middleaged man to an isolated cabin, where they are terrorized in different ways.

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Cast

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Ken
Cornelia Sharpe ...
Nancy Stillman
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Greg
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Art
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Martin
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Hal Wolkowski
Helga Liné ...
Sue
Didi Sherman ...
Helen
Concha Cuetos ...
Joyce
May Heatherly ...
Alicia Rennick
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Barman
Jerry Boudreaux ...
Niño
Frank Braña
Jaime Doria
Mabel Escaño ...
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Storyline

Three Vietnam vets have become so conditioned to violence that they have developed psychotic tendencies. They kidnap people, brutalize them, then turn them loose and hunt them like animals. However the father of one of their earlier victims is plotting a vicious revenge against them. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Meet Ken, Gregg and Art. Two weeks each year they get away... with Everything!

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Recon Game  »

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ESP 35,587,591 (Spain) (3 September 1999)
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The interior scenes inside of the hunting lodge were all filmed on a soundstage at Pinewood Studios in England on a life-sized set. The opening scenes at Kenny's house and the exterior scenes on the island were all filmed on location in Spain. Additional "highway" scenes were probably filmed in Northern Michigan by a 2nd unit crew. See more »

Goofs

When Ken and Artie climb the bluff, Ken is carrying a bolt action rifle. But after they split up and Ken returns to the lodge, he enters the cabin carrying a pump action shotgun. The rifle is never seen again. See more »

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Written and Sung by John Howard
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Memorable for its disturbing imprint
3 January 2007 | by (Bethesda, United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the first really well "designed-to-disturb" movies that I ever watched. The impact to the viewer is not achieved through overly-graphic violence, although it is violent in nature, but by craftily inducing empathy for the desperate situation of the hunted, juxtaposed with the bleak portrayal of raw and unrelenting evil exhibited by the group-thinking hunters. This is well done through a meandering sequence of action shots and brilliantly framed by the contrasting peaceful and beautiful North American scenery and a curious and intriguing score. This is not a movie of memorable dialogue but one of highly disturbing action sequence in a sustained act of cruelty. Unfortunately the evil and its impact are far too believable for comfort. The Vietnam allusion and vigilante character (Holden) are peripheral to the essence of the movie and if anything detract, seemingly there to provide an excuse for the exposure of the evil and some end resolution for good, respectively. Whilst this may have been at one point central to the message in the creator's mind, as it worked out neither is warranted given the core impact of the film.


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