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22 Ratings

The Hunting Party

Directed by Don Medford
United States, United Kingdom, 1971


The rich and ruthless rancher Brandt Ruger keeps his beautiful young wife Melissa like a part of his property, subdued to his will. But one day she’s kidnapped by the famous outlaw Frank Calder – just to teach him reading…

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The Hunting Party Directed by Don Medford

Critics reviews

A movie that storms out of the gates with Eisensteinian gusto, brutally intercutting Oliver Reed cutting a cow’s throat and Gene Hackman clawing Candice Bergen in a series of almost subliminal shots, The Hunting Party (US, 1971) demands redemption from the video dungeon!
November 20, 2016
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  • Rosina Rossini's rating of the film The Hunting Party

    Complete waste of Oliver Reed's talent (nothing new there). Hackman was amazing as the animalistic, sadistic bad guy, but Candice Bergen was a disappointment here, and as the central character, it's inexcusable that she was given the least interesting part dialogue-wise. She spends most of the film trying to avoid getting raped. Some interesting ideas, but a very badly executed film, which ultimately goes nowhere.

  • Cbarky99's rating of the film The Hunting Party

    Not the best western I've ever seen,but I'm pretty sure it's the bleakest. The opening scene, which juxtaposes Oliver Reed's outlaw slaughtering a cow with Gene Hackman's land baron raping his wife(Candice Bergen), sets the tone. These three characters are soon trapped in a cycle of bad decisions and mutual self-destruction--initiated, ironically enough given what follows, by Reed's desire to simply learn to read.

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