The rich and ruthless rancher Brandt Ruger keeps his beautiful young wife Melissa like a part of his property, subdued to his will. But one day she’s kidnapped by the famous outlaw Frank Calder – just to teach him reading, so he tells her. Calder doesn’t know or care who’s wife she is. He takes care of her well, and eventually Melissa falls in love with him. But Ruger feels humiliated. Full of hate, he sets out to kill him – and Melissa too, if necessary. Together with his friends and the newest technology in guns, which carry 800 yards, he initiates a battue on Calder and his gang.
BEST Western EVER
This is arguably the best western ...maybe the best movie .....I have ever seen in the last 50 years. Having a copy of the DVD should be any westerns lovers desire, but,if you ever have the opportunity to view it on the big screen, grab it. Sure ,the experts can find faults with it,but the greater majority of them even extol the film's virtues. I absolutely & unconditionally recommend it (not for under 15's though) I guess I should point out that I am a huge Gene Hackman admirer. I have never seen a movie of his that I didn't at least enjoy viewing. Oliver Reed was an exceptional actor & does a superb job with his role. Candice Bergen is still in demand ,albeit for TV ,& in this role does her character proud,as difficult as it must have been . Overall excellent casting including the supports who play their parts very well. Seriously ,forget about technicalities...enjoy the movie...YOU WILL.
Bloody and nihilistic western.
I'm a big fan of early 70's sadistic westerns and "The Hunting Party" has the special place in my grimy heart. It's among the nastiest, bloodiest and most misanthropic western movies ever made. Obviously influenced by Peckinpah's masterful "The Wild Bunch" it has its share of brutal violence and blown off heads. Even the cow gets its throat slit in the beginning of this nasty spectacle. Gene Hackman plays wealthy town owner filled with rage and misogynistic hatred. When the outlaw named Frank (Oliver Reed) kidnaps his wife (Candice Bergen) for teaching him to read, Hackman forms the hunting group. The bloodbath ensues... Highly cynical western, superbly acted and shot. The shocking finale filled my eyes with tears. A must-see.