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 ... See full summary »
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Andrew V. McLaglen
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
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According to the director's commentary, Albert Finney's payment for playing the Duke of Otrante was a case of champagne. His girlfriend at the time, Diana Quick, was in the movie and suggested him for the role. See more »
At the start all the soldiers wear side plaits in their hair. When Laura writes "Goodbye" on D'Hubert's sword, he walks in with no plaits. He then fights a duel with plaits and visits the general with plaits. In the next scene we hear "military fashions have changed" and everyone is without plaits. See more »
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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Harvey Keitel's muscular sociopath Feraud is a real highlight in Ridley Scott's first turn as a feature director. The story concerns a fifteen year feud between two Napoleonic era cavalry officers. The other protagonist is D'Hubert, played by Keith Carradine. D'Hubert is an honorable soldier, but no lover of war and is persecuted by the ferocious Feraud. They fight a number of duels driven by Feraud's senseless hatred and the ridiculous conventions of the time. The more intelligent and rational D'Hubert is only a reluctant participant, fighting out of a sense of honor and duty. Keith Carradine is excellent as the humanist soldier forced to battle Keitel's raging Feraud, but the real star of this movie is the exquisite photography. The last shot in particular is one of the most stunning landscape sequences you could ever hope to see. 10/10.
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