Hunting Party (2007)
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The Year's Most Explosive Thriller!
|Inspired by true events, The Hunting Party stars Richard Gere and Terrence Howard as vacationing journalists who try to track down a missing war criminal in one of Eastern Europe's deadliest regions. What begins as an impulsive reporting adventure immediately turns dangerous, as hostile locals, shady underworld figures and a case of mistaken identity put them squarely in their target's crosshairs. Amid the bullets and bombs, they discover that getting the scoop is one thing - getting out alive is something else entirely.|
"A terrific film done with panache, suspense, action, and humor. Liz Smith, New York Post
"...an original, gonzo treat... Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Faast-paced, smart and exciting. Pete Hammond, Maxim
"Like many of the best movies about war and its lingering echo, The Hunting Party is full of dark humor. Robert Wilonsky, The Village Voice
Editor's NoteOn the fifth anniversary of the end of the civil war in Bosnia, former hot-shot reporter Simon Hunt (Richard Gere) mysteriously shows up, five years after imploding on live television and disappearing into a self-imposed exile. Reunited with his cameraman, Duck (Terrence Howard), who has been promoted to a cushy studio gig working with anchorman Franklin Harris (James Brolin), Simon convinces Duck to go on a dangerous journey to get an interview with the wanted war criminal known as the Fox (Ljubomir Kerekes), based on the real-life Radovan Karadicz. They are joined by Ben (Jesse Eisenberg), the Harvard-educated nephew of a network executive who is in search of adventure and a good story. Together the three drive deep into Serb territory, facing more intrigue and danger than they ever could have imagined. Writer-director Richard Shepard (THE MATADOR) loosely based THE HUNTING PARTY on an article Scott Anderson wrote for Esquire magazine entitled "What I Did on My Summer Vacation," about five reporters who actually did go after Karadicz, and tried to capture him. Shepard infuses the film with a sly black humor and fills the story with a crazy cast of oddball characters, paying homage to Carol Reed's THE THIRD MAN, which was set in postwar Vienna. The three leads are excellent, especially Gere, who plays Hunt with a knowing grin that often hides what he's really up to. Shot on location in and around Sarajevo, lending the film an eerie reality, THE HUNTING PARTY--which claims at the beginning that "only the most ridiculous parts of this story are true"--is a fun, fascinating political thriller.
Cast & Crew
|Bill Block - Executive Producer|
|Carole Kravetz - Editor|
|David Tattersall - Cinematographer|
|Jan Roelfs - Production Designer|
|Mario Ivezic - Art Director|
|Paul Hanson - Producer|
|Richard Shepard - Director|
|Richard Shepard - Screenplay|
|Rolfe Kent - Original Music By|
|Scott K. Anderson - Based On Article By|