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Duellists, The (1977)

Original Title : Duellists, The
Director : Ridley Scott
Writer : Joseph Conrad
Gerald Vaughan-Hughes
Genre : Action
War
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Ivor Powell , David Puttnam
Music : Howard Blake
Photography : Frank Tidy
IMDB ID : 0075968
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Duellists, The (1977) - Ridley Scott
 

Starring

┬Keith Carradine D'Hubert
┬Harvey Keitel Feraud
┬Albert Finney Fouche
┬Edward Fox Colonel
┬Cristina Raines Adele
┬Robert Stephens General Treillard
┬Tom Conti Dr. Jacquin
┬John McEnery Chevalier
┬Diana Quick Laura
┬Alun Armstrong Lacourbe
┬Maurice Colbourne Second
┬Gay Hamilton Maid
┬Meg Wynn Owen Leonie
┬Jenny Runacre Mme. de Lionne
┬Alan Webb Chevalier
┬Arthur Dignam The Fencing Master (as Morgan Sheppard
┬Liz Smith Woman reading tarot cards
┬Anthony Douse Man shaving Gen. Treillard (as Peter Postlethwaite
┬Jason Scott Narrator (voice
 

Plot

Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long emnity. The two officers, D'Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor.
 

Comments

great early effort from Ridley Scott Film concerning a long-standing feud between two Napoleonic-era French officers, THE DUELLISTS examines the nature of honor. Carradine is D'Hubert, a young officer who runs afoul of Harvey Keitel's character, for a reason that only Keitel knows. Stalked by Keitel, Carradine finally relents to the challenge, but the duel is thwarted. Over the space of years the two meet periodically, both resuming the duel and each time thwarted by different reasons. It leads to a great ending that frees Carradine's character from Keitel yet absolves Carradine from the imagined slight, even in Keitel's twisted logic. The video copy I viewed was from the early eighties, a time when little care was put into the reissue process, so its hard to tell if the muted colors were part of Scott's design for the film or simply the result of mastering from a faded print. The interiors are smokey and dim, the exteriors usually under overcast skies. Worth a look.