Film / The Hunting Party

"Only the most ridiculous parts of this story are true."

The Hunting Party is a 2007 American action-adventure-thriller film with elements of political activism and dark satire, starring Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Diane Kruger and Jesse Eisenberg. Very Loosely Based on a True Story.

The Hunting Party had its world premiere at the 64th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2007.

This movie provides examples of:

  • America Saves the Day: An actual team of CIA agents rescue Simon, Duck and Benjamin from the Fox.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Fox's main bodyguard.
  • Big Bad: The Fox.
  • Black Market: The trio runs into a group. They are about to kill our heroes when one of them recognize Simon. Turns out they are Black Marketeers, and Simon owes them money.
  • Broken Pedestal: Simon is now considered a cautionary example. Benjamin watched Simon's on-air meltdown in journalism school.
  • Camera Abuse: The cameramen Simon uses after Duck aren't that great.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Often between Simon and Duck. As the story progresses, Benjamin gets into the act.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: Invoked by the CIA operative the trio meet.
    CIA Operative: The CIA has a bright side, the CIA has a dark side. And then there's the gray side. We do the things that people don't need to know about. It's a part we deny even exists. It's a part of the CIA that's been working for the last three weeks in Bosnia on the Fox.
  • Could Say It, But...: When Boris introduces our heroes to Mirjana
    Boris: I'm not doing what I'm doing. I mean, clearly I'm doing this, but I'm not doing this, because if I was doing this, I could get into a lot of trouble for doing it.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Duck says, "It was shitty on both sides."
  • Do with Him as You Will: The protagonists ultimately succeed in capturing a Serbian war criminal. They drive to a town he persecuted, leave him in the town square, and drive away. We don't see his fate, but it was probably unpleasant.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Simon has one at the beginning of the movie. A flashback reveals why: He'd found his pregnant girlfriend's dead body 20 minutes earlier.
  • Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: A scarred man who follows our heroes throughout the movie turns out to work for the CIA.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The UN officers whom Simon, Duck and Benjamin meet don't try to stop them, but aren't that helpful.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Duck's full name is not given.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Why everyone seems to believe the trio are a CIA hit squad. If they were, they would deny it.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Five Western war-reporters reunited in Sarajevo during April 2000. Over some drinks at a local bar one night decided to make a halfhearted attempt at catching the accused war criminal and fugitive Radovan Karadžić. The group consisted of Americans Scott Anderson, Sebastian Junger and John Falk, as well as Dutchman Harald Doornbos and Philippe Deprez from Belgium. Junger, Falk, Doornbos, and Deprez make cameo appearances in the movie as unnamed journalists in the press pack.