The Shooting Party (1985)




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This 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


Edward Fox
as Lord Gilbert Hartlip
Cheryl Campbell
as Lady Aline Hartlip
James Mason
as Sir Randolph Nettleby
Dorothy Tutin
as Minnie Nettleby
John Gielgud
as Cornelius Cardew
Gordon Jackson
as Tom Harker
Judi Bowker
as Lady Olivia Lilburn
Robert Hardy
as Lord Bob Lilburn
Rupert Frazer
as Lionel Stephens
Sarah Badel
as Ida Nettleby
Rebecca Saire
as Cicely Nettleby
Aharon Ipalé
as Sir Reuben Hergesheimer
Jo Ann Castle
as Mildred Stamp
Daniel Chatto
as John Hoskins
Jonathan Lacey
as Dan Glass
Richard Leech
as Dr. West
Jack May
as Harry Stamp
Patrick O'Connell
as Charlie Lyne
Joris Stuyck
as Count Tibor Rakassyi
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

There is nothing new in the message of this film, but a great deal of artistry in its telling.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A well-acted screen adaption of a thematically rich 1980 British novel by Isabel Colegate about class conflicts.

Aug 22, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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