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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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie has often been likened to and compared with Jean Renoir's classic French movie The Rules of the Game (1939). 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

Lady Aline Hartlip: Why are you smiling?
Sir Randolph Nettleby: [Introspectively] I can't imagine... except that... sometimes when my thoughts about the future are particularly gloomy, I find myself feeling more and more light-hearted.
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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 Tragödie auf der Jagd (1968) See more »

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No one mentioned Judi Bowker as Lady Olivia?
17 April 2005 | by wulfstanSee 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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