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Director:
Writer:
Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A one man Judge, Jury and Executioner who turns the Wild West into a Blood Bath! See more »
Plot:
A grizzled ex-sheriff helps a man framed for murder to confront the powerful trio of brothers who want him dead. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Van Cleef is the standout in a good example of the genre See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Lee Van Cleef ... 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)
Memè Perlini
Piergiorgio Plebani
Giancarlo Badessi ... Publican with eye patch
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Maria Teresa Piaggio
Vittorio Sancisi
Franco Balducci ... Bull's Friend
Giovanni Filidoro ... Old John
Giovanni Cianfriglia
Michelangelo Mastroni
Angelo Susani ... Bounty Hunter
Gianni Di Segni
Clemente Cipriano
Luigi Masironi
Mimmo Rizzo
Giorgio Trestini ... Bull
Furio Meniconi ... Hangman
Luigi Scavran
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Clark ... Deputy (uncredited)
Franco Fantasia ... Bounty Killer (uncredited)
Ottorino Polentini ... Bounty Hunter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Giancarlo Santi 
 
Writing credits
Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)

Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Sergio Bardotti 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Vulpiani 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
 
Set Decoration by
Francesco D'Andria 
 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
 
Makeup Department
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
Ettore Tarquini .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Roberto Giussani .... production manager
Pietro Innocenzi .... production supervisor
Emanuele Spatafora .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabio Garriba .... assistant director
Claude Othnin-Girard .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Elio Pacella .... sound
Antonio Pantano .... boom operator
Adriano Taloni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Eros Bacciucchi .... special effects
Pasquino Benassati .... special effects technician
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects technician
Giulio Molinari .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
X Brands .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Bagnato .... second camera operator
Divo Cavicchioli .... still photographer
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Antonio Nicolosi .... chief electrician
Vittorio Nicolosi .... key grip
Pasquale Rachini .... camera operator
Pier Luigi Santi .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clara Poggi .... wardrobe
Renato Ventura .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Besnard .... assistant editor
Adalberto Ceccarelli .... assistant editor
Elisabetta Innocenzi .... assistant editor
Gabrielle Reinecke .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Henryk Chrosicki .... presenter
Sergio Giussani .... administrator
Ettore Rosboch .... presenter
Sergio Sagnotti .... master of arms
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il grande duello" - Italy (original title)
"Grand Duel" - USA
"Storm Rider" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Norway:16 (1973) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) (cut) | UK:18 (1988) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
[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 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Van Cleef is the standout in a good example of the genre, 12 September 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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