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The Shooting Party (1985)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  September 1985 (USA)
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While Europe stands on the brink of a World War in Autumn 1913, Sir Randolph Nettleby hosts a weekend of shooting on his estate for European aristocrats.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sir Randolph Nettleby
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Lord Gilbert Hartlip
Dorothy Tutin ...
Lady Minnie Nettleby
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Cornelius Cardew
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Tom Harker
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Lady Aline Hartlip
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Lord Bob Lilburn
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Sir Reuben Hergesheimer
Joris Stuyck ...
Count Tibor Rakassyi
Rebecca Saire ...
Cicely Nettleby
Sarah Badel ...
Ida Nettleby
Rupert Frazer ...
'Lionel' / Lionel Stephens
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'Olivia' / Lady Olivia Lilburn
John J. Carney ...
Jarvis
Ann Castle ...
Lady Mildred Stamp
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Autumn, 1913: on the eve of the Great War, a small party of lords and ladies gather at the Hertfordshire estate of Sir Randolph Nettleby. A code of propriety governs all: dress, breakfast, relations with the estate's peasants, courtship, shooting, adultery. Lionel Stephens, who is courting Sir Randolph's daughter, gets into a shooting competition with Lord Gilbert Hartlip; Lord Gilbert's wife carries on discreet affairs; a pamphleteer circles the estate calling for no more killing, and Sir Robert's grandson hopes to protect a wild duck he's befriended. A way of life is ending: Lord Gilbert's violation of the gentlemen's code suggests internal rot as the real world presses in. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Battuta di caccia  »

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This is the last film James Mason shot before his death. See more »

Goofs

The film features several Labrador Retrievers. These were not used for hunting in England in 1913. See more »

Quotes

Lady Aline Hartlip: Why are you smiling?
Sir Randolph Nettleby: [Introspectively] I can't imagine... except that... sometimes when my thoughts about the future are particularly gloomy, I find myself feeling more and more light-hearted.
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Opening credits prologue: Autumn 1913

Closing credits epilogue:

Captain Lionel Stephens MC killed in action Ypres 1915

Oberstleutenant Count Tibor Rakessyi killed in action Stobykhva 1916

Lieutenant Marcus Nettleby killed in action Delville Wood, The Somme 1916

Lance-Sergeant Walter Weir died of wounds Gallipoli 1915

Private John Hoskins killed in action Passchendaele 1917 See more »

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One wonderful scene makes it worth watching
3 October 2000 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

Frankly, much of this movie is all but indecipherable to the American ear, with much muttering done in what we deign to call a heavy English accent. However, if you keep your fingers over the remote volume control and the rewind button, you can stay with the story. Whether you do or not is up to you, but DON'T leave before you enjoy one of the greatest scenes in all moviedom.

There comes a time during the shooting when John Gielgud, as an anti-hunting pamphleteer, marches boldly into the line of fire and disrupts the hunt. James Mason, as the Lord of the manor, takes him aside. The conversation they have is delightful, amazing, perfectly written, perfectly acted. It is a joy. (Mason, "Ahhh, special terms.") It is the only portion of this film I have on tape!

If you enjoy movies for the magic moments they contain, as Yogi Berra once said, "Don't miss it if you can."


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