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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 overview, first billed only:
Sir Randolph Nettleby
Lord Gilbert Hartlip
Dorothy Tutin ...
Lady Minnie Nettleby
Cornelius Cardew
Tom Harker
Lady Aline Hartlip
Lord Bob Lilburn
Sir Reuben Hergesheimer
Joris Stuyck ...
Count Tibor Rakassyi
Rebecca Saire ...
Cicely Nettleby
Sarah Badel ...
Ida Nettleby
Rupert Frazer ...
'Lionel' / Lionel Stephens
'Olivia' / Lady Olivia Lilburn
John J. Carney ...
Ann Castle ...
Lady Mildred Stamp


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 <>

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Lady refers to Anton Chekhov. The Russian writer also wrote a novel entitled 'The Shooting Party' in 1884. See more »


In the outdoor scenes we regularly hear the sound of a willow warbler singing. The bare trees indicate that the film is set in the winter. Willow warblers spend the winter in Africa so would not be heard in England at this time of year. See more »


Count Tibor Rakassyi: [Aloud to all at the table] Do you hear that, duck?
[Rhetorically to the duck]
Count Tibor Rakassyi: If you're out there on the last day flying over me, I can tell you, you haven't a hope. Bang, bang, and it will all be over!
[laughter from the diners]
Osbert Nettleby: If you kill her, I will kill you!
Ellen: [Shocked] Osbert!
Count Tibor Rakassyi: Oh, you will, will you? How do you propose to do that, may I ask?
Osbert Nettleby: I will kill you by prayer.
[Additional laughter from dinner guests]
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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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13 May 1999 | by (@Large) – See all my reviews

Banal carnage. A nice allegory, just as a game keeper raises birds for sport so a social order, a decaying aristocracy, breeds masses for war. Trouble is these particular aristocrats ARE actually as boring as they are bored, and waiting around the whole film for the last minute is slightly tedious. A nap before tea is recommended. The atmosphere is perfect. Gielgud is great as an eccentric caricature -- when will a vegetarian be portrayed as anything but a looney in a movie? Mason is perfect as the button-down aristo so shocked that his shooting party should result in human death, so close to death himself. Is the movie too weighty from all the irony? I liked it, 7 out of ten.

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