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

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)


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 »


[first lines]
Madame Oro, Stage Passenger: Hey Driver, can't you put the fear of God into those mules of yours?
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Referenced in Alfonso Sansone produttore per caso (2014) See more »

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The Man in Black Returns.
7 December 1998 | by (US) – See all my reviews

The Grand Duel is one of the most under-rated Spaghetti Westerns ever made. Van Cleef returns as the Man in Black and he is at the top of his game. Good action scenes and a great sound track by Luis Enriquez Bacalov under the name Sergio Bardotti. Beware of the cut version under the title Storm Rider.

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