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The Shooting Party (1985)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | September 1985 (USA)
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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Sir Randolph Nettleby
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Lord Gilbert Hartlip
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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
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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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Trivia

The stately manor seen in the film providing the picture with its centerpiece building locale was Knebworth House near Stevenage in the English country of Hertfordshire. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Harker kills a poached rabbit, blood sprays into his face and onto his cap. He wipes only a small portion off his face. In the following shots, while Cornelius Cardew asks for directions and Harker walks with him for a bit, no blood is seen on face nor cap anymore. See more »

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Lady Minnie Nettleby: [to Lady Hartlip] I've always thought your taste in men more Ibsenite than Chekhovian.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Gosford Park (2001) See more »

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A Quiet, Excellent Film
12 November 1998 | by (Bernardsville, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This film is set on a great English estate during the last days before the outbreak of World War I. A superb cast including James Mason (in his last role), Robert Hardy, Edward Fox and Gordon Jackson combine their talents to produce a wonderful, if gloomy, peek at the comfortable world of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII that was about to come tumbling down. The plot foreshadows the social and moral upheavals that will be faced but does so with a grace and subtlety that makes this a film worth seeing.


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