In the west, revenge is a deadly game.
A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his wife.
A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his wife.
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Gene Hackman goes all American Sniper and hunts down the bandits responsible for his wife's kidnapping.
Yeah, I guess that's the plot. But, The Hunting Party is so damn sadistic and brutal. And, it all starts and ends with Gene Hackman. He has a rifle, one that can kill a man dead at a half mile. That's distance. You don't see that in westerns. It freaks out drunk as fuck illiterate outlaw, Oliver Reed, and Hack's wife, Candice Bergen. You see, Ms Bergen has a severe case of Stockholm syndrome. She starts to bump N grind with Oliver. But, who can blame her, Hack is whack, and he's on the attack!!
A lot of the supporting players are there to…
Wasn't expecting that. Really dark. Sadistic and dark. And pretty good. They certainly liked their "forgiven rape" plot lines in the early 70's, didn't they? I wonder if it was a backlash to the women's liberation movement.
Definitely borrows from The Searchers.
There is an interview with co-star Mitchell Ryan on the Kino Lorber Blu-ray in which he recounts the on-set antics that he pulled with Oliver Reed. Hilarious. It sounds like two immature dudes having their run of the set for three months. Mitchell is fired and then re-hired because Oliver missed his drinking buddy... crazy stuff.
Looking forward to listening to the audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson.
Between this and 1972's excellent "Prime Cut", Gene Hackman somehow managed to play roles in two of the most exploitive, sleaziest major studio releases of the era. But whereas the Michael Ritchie film maintains critical appreciation and a cult following, this violent western from Director Don Medford is largely derided and dismissed.
Which is a shame, frankly...as this downbeat movie turned out to offer some surprises among its familiar tropes. Hackman's wealthy rancher finds out (after a night of abusing prostitutes with his hunting buddies) that his wife, played by Bergen, has been kidnapped. Reed, the leader of a group of morally bereft thugs, kidnaps the young school teacher not because she's beautiful...but because he wants to learn to read.…
It's Gene Hackman vs Oliver Reed in this Riz Ortolani scored, nihilistic sniper stalker western, set in a world without morals. There are no antagonists, no protagonists, only bastards. I can't believe I'd never heard of this until a couple of days ago.
Gene Hackman's bastard and his gang of bastards hunt Oliver Reed's bastard and his gang of bastards from afar, in retaliation for Reed kidnapping his Mrs. Hackman's possé methodically slaughter with their new fangled sniper rifles whilst fish in a barrel Reed and his bastards stand helpless in the open no-mans land between Cut Throats 9 and Soldier Blue.
Human catch and release, coloured by exploding squibs and dying horses. The slit throat of a cow sets…
I'd kept postponing this film since the moment of discovery, thinking it was a contemporary tale.
Today I found out it was set in the Old West, and having longed for a new western experience, I didn't hesitate for a second.
Trying to sympathise with any of the players in The Hunting Party is like playing the old kids' favourite; chair game. What I mean by that is that it switches around depending on the previous scene, as they all try their best to rid themselves of the hero brand.
Now, I enjoy a nihilistic, grim, bleak and hopeless feature as much as the next, twisted, guy, but this one pushes the envelope to the degree that I suspect quite…
Here's one of the most reprehensible movies I've seen in a long time. Gene Hackman plays a psychotic millionaire in the old west who leaves his wife (Candice Bergen) at home while he goes on a hunting trip with his rich friends (a lot of prostitutes on a private train). Oliver Reed and his posse ride through town and decide to kidnap Bergen because Reed can't read and this gets Hackman so monumentally pissed of that he decides to hunt them down with his new highpowered scoped rifles because he's tired of torturing prostitutes.
When a movie starts by showing Reed and his crew slitting the throat (no sfx. The real deal) of a cow while interspersed with Hackman practically…
Where Oliver Reed crazily slurps a jar of peaches while staring at Candice Bergen for literally 5 minutes.
However that’s a scene that doesn’t tell the story of this movie because the rest of it is a humid, dusty stalk through the desert that has Gene Hackman and his party, um, hunting Reed and his. Movie helped out big time by its stars and a quality (of course) Riz Ortolani score. Close to a Spaghetti Western in theme, tone, and ending. Great looking blu by Kino Lorber.
One of the most mean-spirited Westerns I've ever come across. The tone is nasty and cruel right from the opening scene when we see a steer have its throat cut (for real) interspersed with the (first) rape of Candice Bergen. Some of the most notorious horror and exploitation movies don't wade into the muck as deep as this one does. Oliver Reed and Gene Hackman are the dual leads but the distinction between who's good and who's evil is constantly blurred throughout the running time. Morally ambiguous in its most polite moments, and obviously Peckinpah-influenced in style, it seems to explore further the kind of ugly morality of the West that was in The Wild Bunch (and the modern in…
Oliver Reed can’t read, so of course he kidnaps Candice Bergen, which of course leads to Gene Hackman stalking him across the desert with an old-timey sniper rifle.
In a movie where nearly every remotely masculine figure at least attempts to rape Candice Bergen, we’re expected to sympathize with the guy who’s the least torture-y about it. There are probably some fascinating conversations about morality, oppression and patriarchy to be had there, but this film isn’t interested in starting them.
Also, Oliver Reed seems pretty sober throughout, which is disorienting.
Leise weht der Wind des Todes oder im Original The Hunting Party ist ein wahrhaftig skrupelloser und fieser Western aus den 1970ern.
Die Geschichte ist nichts Besonderes, aber dafür absolut packend, schockierend und mitreißend inszeniert. Die Stimmung ist ziemlich düster und ernst. Außerdem ist der Film sehr brutal. Es gibt viele Tote mit ordentlich Blut, großen Schusswunden und miesen Shoot Outs zu sehen.
Die genialen Schauspieler leisten hier hervorragende Arbeit. Spannend ist es auch, dass man im Laufe des Filmes doch deutlich mit dem Entführer und Anführer der Banditen, Oliver Reed, mitfiebert, der immer häufiger menschliche und sympathische Eigenschaften von sich offenlegt, während der Ehemann der entführten Frau, Gene Hackman, gleich mit der ersten Szene als unsympathischer Mistkerl dargestellt wird.…
Oliver Reed wants to read. He's an outlaw, who has been hired to participate in a land war by someone (the movie only casually mentions this) but he wants to better himself. But, being an outlaw, he doesn't go about it the right way. He rides up to a schoolhouse and kidnaps an attractive teacher (Candice Bergen).
Unfortunately, Bergen isn't really a teacher. She's just there helping the actual teacher, who is her friend. Had Reed taken the real teacher, he probably would have gotten his wish and wouldn't have become hunted by Gene Hackman.
Gene Hackman is going hunting. He has put together the hunting party of the title, a group of fellow rich guys and robber barons. He…
Oh Bloody Sam what have you wrought? This dark and dirty Western featuring Gene Hackman, Oliver Reed and Candice Bergen revels in the old ultra-violence with not even a passing interest in some pseudo-intellectual revisionism. So mean spirited that it dispenses with even the occasional whimsy that made so many a Hollywood Western of the period tonally awkward (see my Hannie Caulder / There Was a Crooked Man... capsule reviews). Sam Peckinpah himself in his post Wild Bunch Westerns modulated his approach and never truly repeated himself in the genre. Even with the non-Western Straw Dogs, released just months after this film, the brutal rape (a key plot point which this film shares in spades) is, while still disturbing and…
3 PROS/1 CON REVIEWS
1. "Fuck, Hackman! Chill out!" Had to be a very common phrase on set.
2. I bet this character was super blasé to Oliver Reed.
3. Never knew the Cranberries made a western before starting their music career. This sucker LINGERS. (Get it?
What is it with 70's films that have rape acting as a catalyst for a relationship?
Half-watching this with my father in law while my husband left to run an errand. Super dark. I was all “that can’t be Gene Hackman?!” But it is.
Simple premise. Oliver Reed is good, maybe Hackman is phoning it in (?) Candice Bergman is really not good... forced crying, sometimes it looks like she is trying not to laugh. I don’t see the draw with her. What’s with the goofy music in the peach scene?
Rapey western about a bunch of rapists who kidnap a bigwig's wife and proceed to rape her or attempt to. When Bergen goes all Stockholm Syndrome, it starts to feel like a violent, downbeat Harlequin romance. The behavior of characters who know they are being stalked by a sniper is frequently implausible, to say the least. This will be triggering for a lot of people.
All Oliver Reed ever wanted was to Oliver READ.
Strong Western with violence, rapes and (what I suspect) even killing a real cow. The actors are good, but unfortunately the same cannot be said about the script. The film feels so pointless in all the violence and darkness and there is never any suspense. In fact, I feel disgusted after seeing it.
I could really go for some peaches right about now.
Just a massively unpleasant post-modern western where literally both the protagonist and antagonist rape Candice Bergen. Just a real drag.
Rape, misogyny, killing, revenge. No male character to sympathize with. Deeply unpleasant. Should have passed
Fucking awesome, sleazy 70’s Western, the craft of the spaghetti school (this one filmed in Spain) with The Wild Bunch’s geysers of blood. Macho rancher Gene Hackman gets pissed when a gang comes to town and rapes his wife, played by Candace Bergen. At least two stuntmen take acrobatic falls upon getting killed, like glorified backflips. Of course, it’s Oliver Reed leading the gang, who’s stone-cold sober and rocking an American accent. This is a straight morality play, the revisionism of the genre where the hats aren’t black and white anymore. It’s a nice slow burn that eventually explodes upon Hackman’s team blowing dudes away with old-timey sniper rifles. All three performances are right in line, leading up to an on-brand downer of a 70’s ending that can be summarized as “Revenge seemed like a good idea at the time.”
Compelling but troubling and very grim. The main draw is strong performances from Reed, Bergen and Hackman.
Medford (who appears to have been primarily a TV director) gives the action a Peckinpah-lite feel with copious squibs and occasional slow-mo.
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