The Shooting Party

The Shooting Party

Alan Bridges (1984)

15 Certificate


Our Score
On target with regard to upper-class attitudes just prior to the First World War, James Mason's penultimate feature film finds him as Sir Randolph Nettleby, the aristocratic organiser of a weekend shoot at his country mansion, where exploitation and numerous infidelities are also on the menu. Similar to Jean Renoir's La Règle du Jeu in its theme of a disintegrating social order, it has a cast to die for in Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Dorothy Tutin and Gordon Jackson, among others. Connoisseurs of British television drama may have seen it all before, but this still has acting class in abundance.


An English aristocrat invites friends to his stately country home for a weekend of pheasant shooting in 1913. The guests enjoy the self-indulgent privileges of the upper classes, heedless of the local rural poor who cater to their every whim - and are blithely unaware that the approaching war will change their sheltered lives for ever. Period drama, based on Isabel Colegate's novel, with Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Gordon Jackson and Robert Hardy.

Cast & Crew

Sir Randolph Nettleby James Mason
Lord Gilbert Hartlip Edward Fox
Lady Minnie Nettleby Dorothy Tutin
Cornelius Cardew John Gielgud
Tom Harker Gordon Jackson
Lady Aline Hartlip Cheryl Campbell
Lord Bob Lilburn Robert Hardy
Lionel Stephens Rupert Frazer
Lady Olivier Lilburn Judi Bowker
Sir Reuben Hergesheimer Aharon Ipale
Count Tibor Rakassyi Joris Stuyck
Cicely Nettleby Rebecca Saire
Ida Nettleby Sarah Badel
Rogers Lockwood West
Glass Frank Windsor
Sir Harry Stamp Jack May
Director Alan Bridges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some swearing, brief nudityAvailable on: video and DVD