The Last Hunt

The Last Hunt

name = The Last Hunt

caption = Original film poster
imdb_id = 0049432
producer = Dore Schary
director = Richard Brooks
writer = Milton Lott (novel)
Richard Brooks
starring = Robert Taylor
Stewart Granger
music = Daniele Amfitheatrof
cinematography = Russell Harlan
editing = Ben Lewis
distributor = MGM
released = flagicon|USA April 30, 1956
runtime = 108 min.
language = English

"The Last Hunt" is a 1956 MGM western film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Dore Schary. The screenplay was by Richard Brooks from a novel by Milton Lott. The music score was by Daniele Amfitheatrof and the cinematography by Russell Harlan.

The film stars Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger with Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget and Russ Tamblyn.

Background and production

The film was shot at the Badlands National Park and Custer State Park in South Dakota during 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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