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HD   NR Closed Captioning

Shaul Schwarz & Christina Clusiau

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About the Movie

Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. TROPHY investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation. Through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive these industries – from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder in South Africa – the film grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming and hunting offer some of the few remaining options to conserve our endangered animals? TROPHY will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The intimacy of the film's images and the surprising candor of its participants are disarming: Whatever your initial response, be prepared to re-evaluate. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Sep 7, 2017

Fresh: This is no simple tale of bad hunter vs. innocent wild animal. – Aryn Baker, TIME Magazine, Sep 7, 2017

Fresh: [An] alternately alarming and frustrating film ... – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Sep 14, 2017

Fresh: There's too much moral ambiguity here for one doc to make sense of it all, but Trophy certainly offers much to think about. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 21, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Thoughtful, beautiful and disturbing film.

I thought this was an informative film about wildlife conservation and the commercial hunting culture. As a person of faith, it was disturbing to see how the main character twisted religion into justification for killing animals. Aside from the fact the G-d originally required Noah to be a vegetarian (which didn’t work out in the end), the Old Testament requires man to be the stewards of nature and to protect and care for all of God’s creatures. The Bible also commands us not to waste resources or destroy living things for no good reason. I highly doubt that G-d would approve of an individual spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire professionals to help him murder one his creatures for sport, personal gratification, or for a stuffed trophy hanging over his fire-place. So let’s not kid ourselves.

Only animals in this film are pulling the trigger

No amount of spin changes what’s being done

Great job of showing both sides!

I was honestly expecting a much harder anti-hunting view but they did a good job of showing many sides. Anti-poaching police, hunters, guides, people who live in the communities that live with these animals day to day, etc. Great job!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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