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The Long Duel (1967)

To protest against British oppression and tyranny a tribal leader becomes a bandit.

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Sultan
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Young
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Stafford
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Gungaram
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Jane
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Champa
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McDougal
Maurice Denham ...
Governor
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Tara
Paul Hardwick ...
Jamadar
Antoñito Ruiz ...
Munnu (as Antonio Ruiz)
David Sumner ...
Gyan Singh
Rafiq Anwar ...
Pahelwan
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Ram Chand
Shivendra Sinha ...
Abdul

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Superintendent Stafford of the United Provinces Police, has his men arrest an entire tribe on vague allegations of poaching and theft in British India. Their leader, Sultan, father of a young boy, Munnu, whose wife, Tara, is expecting their second child, is also arrested and held in a cell with criminals in Fort Najibabad. Sultan, Tara, and many others manage to break out, but Tara and the newborn both pass away. Sultan, with the help of his men, decides to revolt against the oppressive British - who create a mobile unit, led by Freddy Young, to counter this revolt as well as announce a reward of Rs.500.00 - but Sultan manages to elude them. Then amidst clashes between Freddy and Stafford, and the entry of Jane Stafford, it is made known that Sultan's tribe will be transported by train to a compound in Delhi. This news reaches Sultan and he prepares to attack the train and free his people - little knowing the trap he and his men will soon be walking in to. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A conflict of ideals - a conflict of arms - fought out in the Himalayas and across the scorching plains of India. [UK theatrical] See more »


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12 October 1967 (West Germany)  »

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Bitmeyen Kavga  »

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£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was the fourth film in three years in which Yul Brynner and Trevor Howard appeared. The others were Morituri (1965), The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) and Triple Cross (1966). See more »

Goofs

When Sultan ambushes the police, the long shot of the machine gun shows it positioned on top of a flat cliff. When Young climbs up to attack it, there is a smooth rock formation behind the position. Later long shots (when Young is firing the machine gun) show a lower, less vertical cliff face with a ragged rock formation behind the machine gun position. See more »

Quotes

Governor: These fellers - I've known a few of them. T.E.Lawrence is one of his kind. We need 'em for times like this but by God they're hard to live with!
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Referenced in And Now My Love (1974) See more »

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When the World is Ready
Lyric by Don Black
Sung by Vince Hill
Music by John Scott (as Patrick John Scott) (uncredited)
Arranged and Conducted by Johnney Arthey (uncredited)
Performed by Vince Hill and Eddie Lester as the Eddie Lester Singers (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia / EMI (uncredited)
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Not among the better "action-adventure" flicks, unfortunately.
28 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Given the talent of the star players in this film, I was disappointed. Trevor Howard tries to work with what he's given, but Yul Brynner's performance was wooden and predictable. Despite what some of the other reviewers have said,I thought this film was not nearly as good as it COULD have been, and the biggest problem was the script. Boring, hackneyed, clichéd lines choked any life out of this story which, as noted, has a basis in real life. The battle scenes were poorly done, and I found myself fast-forwarding through them to get back to the dialog, as bad as it was. I can't fault the actors so much as the script and direction. Howard and Brynner deserved better. As an action movie, when compared to some of the other mid-1960s efforts, it falls far short.


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