Watch Now: THE HUNTING PARTY
A wealthy cattle baron goes on a two-week hunting trip with a group of his friends, while his wife stays home. As she is soon kidnapped by a charismatic outlaw – mistaking her for a schoolteacher, since he wanted to learn how to read – her husband puts a halt to his drunken vacation and makes the outlaw the prey his bloodthirsty party is after. However, the situation is far from black and white, as both the cattle baron and the outlaw are not quite the people they seem to be.
The Hunting Party is a very violent and gory 1971 British-American western directed by Don Medford with excellent performances from Oliver Reed, Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen. Shot at studios in Madrid, as well as on location in different parts of Spain, this is a surprisingly blood-soaked revenge film that partially examines the troublesome and complex nature of human beings. Director Medford paints a rather bleak, pessimistic picture that evokes a bit of Peckinpah, which is always a good thing. Besides beautiful cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua and a great soundtrack composed by Riz Ortolani, The Hunting Party’s greatest attributes are the acting and brutal action that glues you to the screen.