The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party

DVD - 2008
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Vacationing journalists 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. Inspired by true events.
Publisher: [United States] : Weinstein Company Home Entertainment ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Genius Products, [2008]
ISBN: 9781594449703
1594449708
Branch Call Number: DVD HUNTING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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chaliser
Apr 21, 2018

Strongly recommend watching the extras, especially the interview of two of the actual (five) reporters. Comfortably talking, beers in hand, about things they experienced. Then watch that one again - as needed to see if you get any ideas about a certain element that of the story that underlies "the whole picture" so to speak. Hint: from a quasi armchair-psycho-analytic view, consider how rules-based personalities (whether O.C.D. about them or in rebellion- the reactionary side of O.C.D., if you will) act within the intelligence community, and why they contract other folks (convince them, "read them" and manipulate them into the situation, blackmail them, and/or pay them) to do their work for them. Call it a read-between-the-lines discussion of the truth (whatever that is) about why "we" - who are supposedly the good guys and want to carry out the responsibly just thing - can take so long getting that done. I'm not talking about the agents, necessarily, but about the conflicts and resulting back-channel and/or non-communications among the power-wielders. All that was not to say the story was not exceptional in every aspect. It was, IMO.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

While it may not reach the heights of Richard Shepard's previous film, The Matador, The Hunting Party still has plenty to offer. It has the same witty dialogue, fun (but real) characters, and dead-on balance of humor and heart. Many have objected to the film's supposedly blackly comedic portrayal of war crimes, but the film does not draw its laughs from the actual atrocities; in fact, it treats them respectfully, tastefully, and with the appropriate sense of tragedy. The humor comes from this group of characters, the rapport they develop, and the increasingly insane situations they get themselves into as they get further and further in over their heads.

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gemini07
Jul 14, 2013

Journalists decide to find the most sought after Bosnian war criminal, a feat many of the worlds leading governments, purportedly, were unable to do. The genre in which this film is told makes for an entertaining film.

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onarock
Jan 05, 2012

made me laff, it had action, a dweeb, and a very good ending imo.......an enjoyable movie

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mexicanadiense
Jun 05, 2011

A very odd film, with kind of a cheeky, surreal tone...one that doesn't gibe very well with the Richard Gere character's motivations, but entertaining nonetheless, and incredibly topical after the recent capture of Ratko Mladic on whom it is partly based.

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BookGoddess8
Dec 07, 2010

Somewhat based on a true story. The wierd or funny details are probably the most true. Insight into how brutal the war between Serbs & Bosnians really was.

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joseph
Jul 31, 2008

Good. Richard Gere has starred in a couple of good movies of late - The Hoax and now The Hunting Party. It was serious in nature but yet kept whimsical in telling the story of journalists trying to bag an interview with the most wanted man in Bosnia. Bin Ladin definitely comes to mind in this story.

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