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The Duellists (1977)

PG | | Drama, War | December 1977 (UK)
A small feud between two Napoleonic officers evolves into a decades-long series of duels.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Gen. Treillard
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Dr. Jacquin
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Chevalier
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Lacourbe
Maurice Colbourne ...
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Gay Hamilton ...
Maid
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Mme. de Lionne
Alan Webb ...
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Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long enmity. The two officers, D'Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Fencing is a science. Loving is a passion. Duelling is an obsession.

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Drama | War

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$900,000 (estimated)
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The Joseph Fouché character in this film (played by Albert Finney) was the First French Duc d'Otrante, this title is often known in English translations as the Duke of Otranto. The characters of Armand D'Hubert and Gabriel Feraud in this film and its source 'Joseph Conrad' short-story had names which were slightly altered by Conrad from the real life duelist Hussars who inspired the characters. They were called Pierre-Antoine comte Dupont de l'Étang and François Louis Fournier-Sarlovèze respectively. As such, in short, Dupont became D'Hubert and Fournier became Feraud. See more »

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In the opening scene, Harvey Keitel's character's sword strikes home in the upper chest (near the heart) of his opponent, then the film cuts to a side view of the opponent depicting the sword as having entered his stomach area. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: The duellist demands satisfaction. Honour, for him, is an appetite. This story is about an eccentric kind of hunger. It is a true story and begins in the year that Napoleon Bonaparte became ruler of France.
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Bist du bei mir
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Music by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel
(from "Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach" No. 25. BWV 508)
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Just great
29 March 2004 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

A really wonderful movie that lives from the great script, the exceptionally good actors (from the major to the minor roles), the very well done directing and an outstanding score. The cast is really good, from the main actors to Diana Quick and to such interesting and sadly underrated actors as Morgan Sheppard and Liz Smith. This movie shows that, provided with a good script, Ridley Scott once was able to do really good movies. If you think this movie is heartless just compare this debut with the first movie done by Ridley's brother Tony, the hollow "The Hunger". The only drawback is his taste for sometimes overdone and unnatural photography. The script is surprisingly faithful to the original story by Joseph Conrad (that one really should read). If you are looking for a movie full of style and grace you will find it here!


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