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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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Superb Spaghetti Western See more (17 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)

Directed by
Giancarlo Santi 
 
Writing credits
Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay)

Produced by
Henryk Chroscicki .... producer (as Henryk Chrosicki)
Alfonso Sansone .... producer (uncredited)
 
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 Chroscicki .... presenter (as Henryk Chrosicki)
Sergio Giussani .... administrator
Ettore Rosboch .... presenter
Sergio Sagnotti .... master of arms
Emilio Cigoli .... voice dubbing: Lee Van Cleef (uncredited)
Gianni Giuliano .... voice dubbing: Alberto Dentice (uncredited)
Michele Kalamera .... voice dubbing: Horst Frank (uncredited)
Carlo Sabatini .... voice dubbing: Klaus Grünberg (uncredited)
Leonardo Severini .... voice dubbing: Jess Hahn (uncredited)
 

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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 | Netherlands:18 (1974) | 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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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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Superb Spaghetti Western, 12 August 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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