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The Grand Duel (1972)
"Il grande duello" (original title)

 -  Western  -  1974 (USA)
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A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead.

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Sheriff Clayton
Alberto Dentice ...
Philipp Wermeer (as Peter O'Brien)
Jess Hahn ...
Bighorse the Stage Driver
Horst Frank ...
David Saxon / Patriarch Samuel Saxon
Klaus Grünberg ...
Adam Saxon (as Klaus Grunberg)
Antonio Casale ...
Hole the Bounty Hunter (as Antony Vernon)
Marc Mazza ...
Sheriff Eli Saxon
Dominique Darel ...
Elisabeth, Adam's Bride to Be
Alessandra Cardini ...
Anita, One of Madame Oro's Girls (as Sandra Cardini)
Gastone Pescucci ...
Borghese - the Caretaker
Elvira Cortese ...
Madame Oro, Stage Passenger
Anna Maria Gherardi ...
Saxon's Girl
Hans Terofal ...
Jo Barrel
Salvatore Baccaro ...
Saloon Servant
Remo Capitani ...
Bounty Hunter (as Ray O'Connor)
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Philipp Wermeer has been framed for the murder of a powerful figure known as The Patriarch. Wermeer escapes, but the three Saxon brothers, sons of The Patriarch, have arranged for a large bounty on Wermeer's head. Clayton is a grizzled ex-sheriff stripped of his office in Jefferson after refusing to acknowledge Wermeer's guilt. During a series of fire-fights, Clayton contrives to help Wermeer escape from attacks of bounty-hunters. Together, the two make their way to Jefferson, where they can confront the three powerful Saxon brothers, and reveal the surprising truth about who killed The Patriarch. Written by Charles Delacroix

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The film takes place during the old west sometime after 1870. However it features a German MG42 machine gun. The MG42 was put into service by the German army in 1942 during WWII. See more »

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Madame Oro, Stage Passenger: Hey Driver, can't you put the fear of God into those mules of yours?
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Van Cleef is the standout in a good example of the genre
12 September 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

It could be said that The Grand Dual is merely a vehicle for its lead star, and whoever said it wouldn't necessarily be wrong; but while this film doesn't feature a lot of originality, it's also true that Italian cinema was based on repeating itself, and the film definitely succeeds in providing an enjoyable slice of western action. The script was penned by Giallo supremo Ernesto Gastaldi (The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, The Case of the Bloody Iris), and that's not surprising as there are shades of Giallo throughout, and the film works both as both as a violent action flick and an intriguing mystery film. The plot focuses on Sheriff Clayton as he becomes involved in the murder of a man so-called 'The Patriarch' through his association with the sly Philipp Wermeer. The film follows the pair as they make their way through bandits and bounty hunters and eventually end up in Saxon town, where the sons of the Patriarch live. They've fingered Wermeer as the murderer of their father, and naturally want him hanged; but there's a twist to the identity of the murderer.

Lee Van Cleef made his name with Sergio Leone and the masterpiece westerns 'For a Few Dollars More' and, of course, 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'. This film is nowhere near the quality of those two, but Van Cleef does well in his 'man in black role', which is a variation on the common western 'loner' theme, which was made famous by the likes of Clint Eastwood and Django. Van Cleef's presence is felt throughout, and he continually makes every scene his own. As you might expect, the rest of the cast don't live up to the central star; but even so, The Grand Dual features a good ensemble cast, and Peter O'Brien does especially well in his central role. The film features a lot of shootouts and chases on horseback, which are always good to see; but at times, The Grand Dual puts too much focus on entertainment value and this can mean that the plot suffers. Even so, the story plays out well; and the final twist is a real standout, as even though it's pretty obvious throughout

  • Gastaldi manages to throw in a twist just before it, which makes the


final twist come as a surprise. Overall, this film isn't one of the great Spaghetti westerns - but it's a good one and comes recommended.


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