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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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Cast

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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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Battuta di caccia  »

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Trivia

One of four theatrical feature films starring both James Mason and John Gielgud. The cinema movies are Julius Caesar (1953), Murder by Decree (1979), 11 Harrowhouse (1974), and The Shooting Party (1985). And a TV collaboration was the tele-movie Frankenstein: The True Story (1973). See more »

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

Quotes

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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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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Version of Summer Storm (1944) See more »

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No one mentioned Judi Bowker as Lady Olivia?
17 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Somewhere there should be a private museum dedicated to memorializing one of the most important vanished species-- the lady.

While it is easy to see the fine acting of Gielgud, Mason, Fox and the other men, what no one has yet commented on is the equally fine work of a too-seldom seen actress... Judi Bowker.

As Lady Olivia, she shows the compassion, consideration, perfect balance, and dedication of an Edwardian lady at her finest. She is not only a luminous beauty, but she is moved by a gallant and delightfully indirect invitation to adultery by Lionel, but does not succumb for her own reasons. She notices what happens to the children, she treats every other person in the film as an individual, and her unselfishness in no way detracts from her presence. Miss Bowker's subtle performance is well worth a careful look.

THE SHOOTING PARTY is clearly an envoi to a vanished era. But in an age that can't see the difference between Melanie Wilkes and Scarlett O'Hara that was Margaret Mitchell's key contrast and thinks SEX AND THE CITY is a model for feminine conduct, Judi Bowker's performance is a revelation,


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