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The Shooting Party (1985)

While Europe stands on the brink of World War I in Autumn 1913, Sir Randolph Nettleby hosts a weekend of shooting on his estate for European aristocrats.

Director:

Alan Bridges

Writers:

Isabel Colegate (novel), Julian Bond (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Sir Randolph Nettleby
Edward Fox ... Lord Gilbert Hartlip
Dorothy Tutin ... Lady Minnie Nettleby
John Gielgud ... Cornelius Cardew
Gordon Jackson ... Tom Harker
Cheryl Campbell ... Lady Aline Hartlip
Robert Hardy ... Lord Bob Lilburn
Aharon Ipalé ... Sir Reuben Hergesheimer
Joris Stuyck Joris Stuyck ... Count Tibor Rakassyi
Rebecca Saire ... Cicely Nettleby
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Ida Nettleby
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... 'Lionel' / Lionel Stephens
Judi Bowker ... 'Olivia' / Lady Olivia Lilburn
John J. Carney ... Jarvis
Ann Castle Ann Castle ... Lady Mildred Stamp
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battuta di caccia See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (opening credits)| Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lady referred to Anton Chekhov. The Russian writer also wrote a novel titled "The Shooting Party" in 1884. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Randolph Nettleby: You weren't shooting like a gentleman!
[to Lord Hartlip after he had accidentally shot the beater Tom Harker]
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Shooting Party (1978) See more »

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A Beautiful Film
5 December 2001 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

If you like Merchant/Ivory films, then you will also enjoy this one. It moves slowly but surely as we witness the sun setting on the aristocracy and on the British Empire, set in the microcosm of an English country estate. These people are doomed, in various ways, but, more than that, a way of life that flourished for centuries is about to be extinguished by the slaughter of WWI. James Mason is the lord of the manor and plays the part as if he were born to it. This was his last film and it makes you realize how much he is missed. Edward Fox has a field day playing the weak, tradition bound guest who can't abide being bested and Cheryl Campbell is terrific as his wayward wife. There are many good supporting roles but Gordon Jackson, as one of the "beaters" is a stand-out; his final scenes are brilliantly done. Sir John Gielgud walks through as a protester against the hunt and sparkles in that small role. It is sometimes difficult to figure out who is related to whom since there are a lot of characters, all of whom have some interrelationship. This is a beautiful film, rich in scenary and it captures a time and life that died in the trenches of the Great War. Highly recommended.


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