The Shooting Party (1985)
Movie InfoThis British Merchant-Ivory look-alike was adapted from a novel by Isabel Colgate. In the summer before World War I, British nobleman James Mason invites an assorted group of acquaintances for a weekend shooting party on his huge estate. Among the participants are longtime rivals Edward Fox and Rupert Frazer, Fox's occasionally unfaithful wife Cheryl Campbell, and staunch anti-hunting advocate John Gielgud. The film unfolds in a carefully calculated but seemingly spontaneous fashion, in the manner of its 1938 ancestor Rules of the Game. Also like the earlier film, The Shooting Party casts a jaundiced eye towards class consciousness--and ends with a sudden, senseless but not altogether unexpected tragedy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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The Shooting Party is a thoughtful look at the British class system seen through a weekend of competitive pheasant shooting. There are the Shooters, the Beaters, the activists and of course the pheasants themselves. It's a beautifully written film the script being sharp as a knife but also subtle in its delivery. It's a very well thought out metaphor which reaches it's brilliant but poignant climax with the start of the 1st World War where we learn that while every man might not be born equal, they do die so. The performances are of the highest quality from greats such as Edward Fox, Rupert Frazer, Cheryl Campbell, Gordon Jackson, the wonderful John Gielgud and the great James Mason, in what what turn out to be his last performance.
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