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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:

The Shooting Party See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Mason and Sir John Gielgud appeared in Julius Caesar (1953), Murder by Decree (1979), 11 Harrowhouse (1974), and Frankenstein: The True Story (1973). See more »

Goofs

The film features several Labrador Retrievers. These were not used for hunting in England in 1913. See more »

Quotes

Count Tibor Rakassyi: [Aloud to all at the table] Do you hear that, duck?
[Rhetorically to the duck]
Count Tibor Rakassyi: If you're out there on the last day flying over me, I can tell you, you haven't a hope. Bang, bang, and it will all be over!
[laughter from the diners]
Osbert Nettleby: If you kill her, I will kill you!
Ellen: [Shocked] Osbert!
Count Tibor Rakassyi: Oh, you will, will you? How do you propose to do that, may I ask?
Osbert Nettleby: I will kill you by prayer.
[Additional laughter from dinner guests]
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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 very good production.
5 March 2007 | by bill-895See all my reviews

I purchased this film just by chance as it seemed interesting. I had to view this title twice to get the picture so to speak. I have never heard of this production before so did not know what to expect. After viewing with a decent bottle of wine, I found the film thoroughly enjoyable with the all star cast. I was sorry to learn that this film was James Mason's last. A good performance by all the cast especially by the stunningly beautiful Judi Bowker (Olivia) who I can just remember as a sickly teenager in the TV series Black Beauty. So, was the DVD worth buying?? Answer is yes. I will even visit the location which is Knebworth house which was unknown to me.


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