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Open Season (1974)

Three young men take a young woman and a middleaged man to an isolated cabin, where they are terrorized in different ways.

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writers:

Liz Charles-Williams (screenplay), David D. Osborn (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Fonda ... Ken
Cornelia Sharpe ... Nancy Stillman
John Phillip Law ... Greg
Richard Lynch ... Art
Alberto de Mendoza ... Martin
William Holden ... Hal Wolkowski
Helga Liné ... Sue
Didi Sherman Didi Sherman ... Helen
Concha Cuetos Concha Cuetos ... Joyce
May Heatherly ... Alicia Rennick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simón Andreu ... Barman
Jerry Boudreaux Jerry Boudreaux ... Niño
Frank Braña
Jaime Doria Jaime Doria
Mabel Escaño Mabel Escaño ... Waitress
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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!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Spain | Switzerland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shoot See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arpa Productions,Impala See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was adapted by author David D. Osborn from his own novel of the same name. The movie credits refer to a work called "The All-Americans" but in actuality the book was simply called "Open Season" (Dial Press, New York, 1974). 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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Low budget 70s drive-in classic.
29 March 2003 | by hamanncrosscreekSee all my reviews

I saw this strange film on late night cable way back in 1983 and found it oddly appealing.Obviously not filmed in the USA with dubbed dialog, weird atmosphere and the eventual appearance of William Holden as an added bonus. After searching on the internet recently I found an uncut version VHS tape for sale.* SPOILER *William Holdens character is arrested at the end which didn't occur in the edited version. The stark direction,unconventional editing techniques and haunting music make this one a seldom seen gem. I usually don't indulge in films of this type( like the repulsive, house by the lake ) but open season has enough

going for it to elevate it above other films of this genre. For Fonda/ Holden fans this film is highly recommended,others beware!


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