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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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Superb Spaghetti Western
12 August 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Awesome spaghetti western, with a Lee Van Cleef who never ever looked coolers in his life and arguably the greatest theme song ever composed for a film (and that's something Quentin Tarantino probably agrees with as he also selected the song for the soundtrack of "Kill Bill"). Van Cleef plays former Sheriff Clayton, and obviously he's the type of gunslinger whose eyes are never really closed when he lies asleep with his hat over his face and who spots the hideout of every potential enemy without even lifting his head. Riding along with a traveling stagecoach, Clayton is on the trail of a young fugitive outlaw named Philippe Vermeer. Not for the $1.000 reward on his head, like all the other bounty hunters they encounter along the way, but to keep an eye on him as he's heading towards Saxon City to settle a personal vendetta. Saxon City is kept under the thumbs of the three rich and utterly corrupted Saxon brothers David, Eli and Adam (too bad none of them is named John…) and they falsely accused Philippe of killing their father at Jefferson train station. Although Philippe is innocent of that crime and wisely better stays away from Saxon City, he nevertheless insists on returning to find and get even with the murderer of his own father. Sheriff Clayton just happens to be the only person who can help him with that. "The Grand Duel" has everything you could possible seek in a western: outrageous shootouts, invincible heroes and psychopathic villains (especially Adam, the youngest Saxon, is oddly menacing), compelling sub plots, jaw-dropping moments of intensity, magnificent decors and breath-taking exterior locations and – as said already – an impeccable soundtrack. Director Giancarlo Santi might not be the most prominent name in the field of classic Italian westerns, but he obviously paid close attention to the films of the masters (like Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci and Sergio Sollima). Admittedly I'm being a bit too generous and biased here, but it's a brilliantly entertaining example of a sadly extinct cinematic genre.


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