- The Last Hunt
name = The Last Hunt
caption = Original film poster
imdb_id = 0049432
Milton Lott(novel) Richard Brooks
starring = Robert Taylor
distributor = MGM
released = flagicon|USA
April 30, 1956
runtime = 108 min.
language = English
"The Last Hunt" is a 1956
MGMwestern film directed by Richard Brooksand produced by Dore Schary. The screenplaywas by Richard Brooks from a novel by Milton Lott. The music score was by Daniele Amfitheatrofand the cinematography by Russell Harlan.
The film stars Robert Taylor and
Stewart Grangerwith Lloyd Nolan, Debra Pagetand Russ Tamblyn.
Background and production
The film was shot at the
Badlands National Parkand Custer State Parkin South Dakotaduring the then-annual "thinning" of the buffalo herd. Actual footage of buffalo being shot and killed (by government marksmen) was used for the film. Brooks adapted the Milton Lott novel of the same name for the screenplay. The film was the first of only three westerns directed by Brooks, and was his first film following the critically acclaimed " Blackboard Jungle" (1955).
Sandy McKenzie (
Stewart Granger) sets out on his last hunt with his long-time partner, the obsessive Charles Gilson (Robert Taylor). While McKenzie has grown tired of buffalo hunting, Gilson derives a pleasure from his "stands" – killing an entire herd of buffalo at one time. When Gilson chases down and kills an Indian raiding party, he takes an Indian woman and her child captive. The presence of the native woman causes tension and Gilson becomes increasingly paranoid and deranged, leading to a stand-off between the two former partners.
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